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(1993)

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The movie is based on a true story. However, there were very few changes to add comedy, drama and character development.
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Contrary to the story in movie, the Jamaican team was met with open arms by the international Bobsledding teams. One of the other teams even went so far as to lend the Jamaican team a back-up sled so they could qualify.
In the sport of bobsledding, adding weight to the sled is perfectly legal. In fact, sometimes it's a safety measure. Both two and four-man sleds have minimum and maximum weights. The weight of the sled is calculated as the total weight of the sled and its crew. If the fully loaded sled weighs less than the maximum, it is perfectly legal to add weight to make up the difference.
According to Tommy Swerdlow, the only line in the film that he did not write was "Sanka, ya dead?". That is the only line that came from the original version of the script.
At the time, it was the highest grossing live action film released under the Walt Disney Pictures banner.
Denzel Washington turned down the role of Derice Bannock and Eddie Murphy turned down the role of Sanka Coffie, baulking at the pay offered. The parts were in the end cast with actors Leon and Doug E. Doug respectively.
Final John Candy starring film to be released before he died of a heart attack five months later. Candy later appeared in Wagons East (1994) when he died during filming. As such, Wagons East (1994) was being filmed at the time of his death and was released posthumously. His few remaining scenes were either not filmed, or were filmed using a stand-in, then re-written not to involve him. His second bar sequence re-uses footage from his earlier bar sequence. Wagons East (1994) ends with a dedication that reads: "Dedicated to the memory of John Candy".
Debut cinema movie of actors Malik Yoba and Rawle D. Lewis.
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On January 18, 2014 the Jamaican bobsled team qualified for the 2 man bobsled at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. They have described themselves as "Cool Runnings, The Second Generation." In light of the team's qualification for the 2014 Olympics, Dudley Stokes, one of the original 1988 team and now general secretary of the Jamaica Bobsleigh Federation, said "I don't think the support for the team, like we've seen over the last three days, would have been sustainable without the ongoing appeal of the movie". The team received funding from many sources, including one donation campaign held by the online community for the cryptocurrency Dogecoin.
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In the German dubbing of this movie, the Swiss bobsledders ("eins, zwei, drei"), have been re-dubbed with a strong Swiss accent ("ace, zwoo, droo"). When the other characters imitate them, they also imitate the accent. In the original English version Hochdeutsch (standard German) is spoken.
The original cast who was envisaged by Disney for the film was Denzel Washington as Derice, Eddie Murphy as Sanka, Wesley Snipes as Yul, Marlon Wayans as Junior and John Candy as Irving Blitzer. Finally, only Candy played in this film.
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Early drafts of the screenplay contained more drama than comedy. At that point, the movie was known as "Blue Maaga", and Brian Gibson was attached to direct.
During the opening ceremonies scene, Blitzer is seen wearing a white Smithbilt cowboy hat. The white Smithbilt is a trademark of the City of Calgary, where the XV Winter Olympics were held in 1988.
Cuba Gooding Jr., Jeffrey Wright and Eriq La Salle were each considered for a role as one of the four Jamaican bobsledders.
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The comic book Sanka Coffie (Doug E. Doug) is reading on the bed is the "Incredible Hulk #282 - Again Arsenal" edition.
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The Jamaican bobsled team, debuted at the same Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 1988, as Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards, the latter of whom's story is depicted in the later film Eddie the Eagle (2016).
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Jeremiah S. Chechik was slated to direct, until he moved on to do Benny & Joon (1993) instead, and then Jon Turteltaub was officially hired to direct.
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Rawle D. Lewis stated in an interview that the bobsled the characters used in the film was an actual bobsled whereas Sanka Coffie (Doug E. Doug)'s egg was made of rubber.
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Actor Doug E. Doug became attached to the movie in 1990. He said in 1993: "I found Cool Runnings (1993) three years ago, when my agent had it on his desk. I knew about the actual event it's based on, the Jamaican bobsled team that went to the '88 Olympics, and even though it's based pretty loosely I thought it made a great yarn." In an interview with The Baltimore Sun, he said: "I got the offer to play Sanka, the guy I'd wanted to play from the very beginning." When Doug E. Doug signed on to do the film, Jeremiah S. Chechik was still attached to direct the film.
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The character name of Yul Brenner (Malik Yoba) was a parody of the name of legendary movie star Yul Brynner.
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The film's key major setting was the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary in the Canadian province of Alberta in Canada. The movie's top billed lead star, actor-comedian John Candy was Canadian, having been born in Toronto in the Canadian province of Ontario in Canada.
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Singer Jimmy Cliff's cover version of the song "I Can See Clearly Now" from the movie went to Top 40 in such countries as the UK, France, and Canada.
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Songs on the film's soundtrack are also heard in the musical "Rasta in the Snow" which is also based on the Jamaican Bobsleigh team.
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The period of principal photography on this picture ran for around two months between February and March 1993.
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The movie filmed in two countries, in Canada and Jamaica. The production first shot in the wintry Calgary in Canada first to capitalize on the snow then lensed in Jamaica, filming in two locations there, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay.
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Actor Leon said of the film: "The script has been following me around for 3 1/2 years." In an interview with The Seattle Times, he said: "I was signed more than a year before we actually started." When Leon signed on to do the film, Brian Gibson was still attached to direct the film.
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A number of directors were attached to direct the movie before in the end Jon Turteltaub became the film's director. The directors who were attached to direct prior to Turtelbauab included Brian Gibson, Jeremiah S. Chechik, and Fran Rubel Kuzui. The co-writer of the movie's story, Michael Ritchie, who had directed Downhill Racer (1969) and The Survivors (1983), was not interested in directing but only producing.
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Actual television sports footage from NBC network covering the 1988 Winter Olympics was utilized for the film and edited into the movie.
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According to actor Leon, producer Dawn Steel worked on the second unit for a time during the shoot and reportedly said: "Never again. I never want to direct."
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The Jamaican bobsledder characters in the movie were all fictional characterizations and were not based on their real life counterparts. John Candy's Irving "Irv" Blitzer coach character is also fictional.
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The "International Alliance of Winter Sports" bobsled governing organization featured in the movie is fictional. The real life bobsledding governing body is actually called the "International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation".
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Third to last cinema movie of actor John Candy whose final two theatrical feature films were Wagons East (1994) and Canadian Bacon (1995).
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Jeff Sagansky, then president of TriStar Pictures, bought the rights to the Jamaican bobsledders' story in 1989. Producer Dawn Steel got involved with the project when it shifted from TriStar to Columbia Pictures. Michael Ritchie, who received a story credit, was originally interested in producing the film with Fran Rubel Kuzui as director. After leaving Columbia, Steel managed to convince Walt Disney Pictures to greenlight the project after the script was rewritten, the budget shortened, and Kuzui replaced by another director.
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According to Malik Yoba, Scott Glenn was also considered for the role.
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This motion picture's opening title card reads: "JAMAICA - November, 1987".
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In the later movie Eddie the Eagle (2016), one of the commentators makes a clear reference to the Jamaican Bobsleigh team from the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.
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The movie documents events at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics as did the later movie Eddie the Eagle (2016). Cool Runnings (1993) was made and released about twenty-three years before Eddie the Eagle (2016). Both movies feature protagonists who competed at the same Winter Olympics in Calgary in 1988 and were not medal winners but were struggling and ridiculed competitors who showed great spirit and determination.
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Canada has hosted the Winter Olympics twice. The first time in 1988 in Calgary in the Canadian province of Alberta, as depicted in this movie, then about twenty-two years later, in 2010 in Vancouver in the Canadian province of British Columbia.
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First major motion picture to depict the Calgary 1988 Winter Olympics. The second would be the later film Eddie the Eagle (2016).
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The film's story was co-written by Michael Ritchie who had directed the Robert Redford downhill skiing movie Downhill Racer (1969) and later the snow survivalist comedy The Survivors (1983).
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The film features actual original archival black-and-white sporting footage.
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The nick-names of coach Irving Blitzer (John Candy) were "Irv" and "Sled God".
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The flag banner slogan of the Jamaican Bobsled team read: "SUPPORT OUR COUNTRY . . . UNITY IS STRENGTH. Yes Jamaica, Together we can!".
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As stated in one of the movie's major taglines, the film was "inspired by the true story of the first Jamaican Olympic bobsled team."
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The coach characters in the two movies featuring the 1988 Winter Olympics, Cool Runnings (1993) and Eddie the Eagle (2016), portrayed each by John Candy and Hugh Jackman respectively, are both fictional characters.
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Actor Larry Gilman portrayed a character, Larry, who had the same first name as his own.
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In addition to the film's solo DVD and home videocassette releases, the movie was also later released on a DVD double bill with Disney's later snowbound movie, Snow Dogs (2002), which was made and released just under a decade after. Cuba Gooding Jr., who stars in Snow Dogs (2002), was considered to play one of the Jamaican Bobsledders in Cool Runnings (1993),
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"Sanka" is a brand of instant coffee. Sanka's last name is Coffie, so technically his name is "Coffee Coffee".
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The crash scene at the end of the movie, except for the close-up shots, was the real footage of the actual Jamaican bobsled team crash taken from the 1988 Winter Olympic Games.
Contrary to the movie, the infamous crash wasn't due to a mechanical error, but more or less losing control of the sled at such a high speed.
Actor Leon playing Derice Bannock appears in drag at one point in this movie.
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