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(1993)

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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.
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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 and Eddie Murphy turned down the role of Sanka, baulking at the pay offered.
This was the last John Candy movie to be released before he died of a heart attack, five months later. He later appeared in Wagons East, which was being filmed at the time of his death.
Malik Yoba film debut.
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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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First drafts of the script contained more drama than comedy. At that point the movie was known as "Blue Maaga" and was supposed to be directed by Brian Gibson.
Based on a true story. However, there were very few changes to add comedy, drama and character development.
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.
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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The comic book Sanka is reading on the bed is Incredible Hulk #282 - Again Arsenal.
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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's egg was made of rubber.
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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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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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Before Jon Turteltaub was officially hired, Jeremiah S. Chechik was slated to direct until he moved on to do Benny & Joon (1993) instead.
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According to Malik Yoba, Scott Glenn was also considered for the role.
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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.

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