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(1993)

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Denzel Washington turned down the role of Derice and Eddie Murphy turned down the role of Sanka, baulking at the pay offered.
The crash scene at the end of the movie is the real footage taken from the 1988 Winter Olympic Games.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Based on a true story.
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.
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.
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