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Cool Runnings (1993)

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When a Jamaican sprinter is disqualified from the Olympic Games, he enlists the help of a dishonored coach to start the first Jamaican Bobsled Team.

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Jon Turteltaub

Writers:

Lynn Siefert (story), Michael Ritchie (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leon ... Derice Bannock
Doug E. Doug ... Sanka Coffie
Rawle D. Lewis ... Junior Bevil
Malik Yoba ... Yul Brenner
John Candy ... Irv
Raymond J. Barry ... Kurt Hemphill
Peter Outerbridge ... Josef Grool
Paul Coeur Paul Coeur ... Roger
Larry Gilman Larry Gilman ... Larry
Charles Hyatt Charles Hyatt ... Whitby Bevil, Sr.
Winston Stona Winston Stona ... Coolidge
Bertina Macauley Bertina Macauley ... Joy Bannock
Pauline Stone Myrie Pauline Stone Myrie ... Momma Coffie
Kristoffer Cooper Kristoffer Cooper ... Winston
Bill Dow ... Registration Official
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Storyline

Irving Blitzer disgraced himself when putting extra weights into his team's bob in the Olympics, resulting in his gold medal being taken away from him. Years later, Derice Bannock, son of a former friend of Irv, fails to qualify for the 100-yard sprint for the Olympics due to a stupid accident. But when he hears of Irving Blitzer living also on Jamaica, Derice decides to go to the Games anyway, if not as a sprinter, then as a bobsledder. After some starting problems, the first Jamaican bobsledding team is formed and heads for Calgary. In the freezing weather Derice, Sanka, Junior and Yul are only laughed at, since nobody can take a Jamaican bobsledding team led by a disgraced trainer seriously. But team spirit and a healthy self-confidence may lead to a few surprises in the upcoming Winter Games. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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Inspired by the true story of the first Jamaican Olympic bobsled team. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Russian

Release Date:

1 October 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blue Maaga See more »

Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$68,856,263

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$154,856,263
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

The announcer at the sprint finals says the 100 meters is the final event of the day, yet there are 50 other athletes practicing and warming up for other events. See more »

Quotes

Sanka Coffie: Coach! Coach! I can't get my helmet on!
[Irv smashes helmet with fist]
Sanka Coffie: Thanks coach!
Irv: That's what I'm here for.
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Connections

Referenced in 80's Dan: World Games (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

I Can See Clearly Now
Written by Johnny Nash
Performed by Jimmy Cliff
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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cool movie
22 February 2000 | by rupieSee all my reviews

This entertaining movie, based on the true story of the Jamaican Bob Sled Team's (yes, you heard right - Jamaican Bob Sled Team) participation in the 1985 Winter Olympics is a funny film with a warm heart that moves to an inspiring ending. The story, about a group of Jamaican athletes who were prevented from competing as runners and so sought a different (!) venue in order to participate, has many funny moments. The late John Candy, of whom I am no fan, is very good here; his role as the coach with a checkered past calls for some real dramatic work as well as comedy. The team is a very likeable bunch (with varying acting abilities) and the viewer is rooting for them all the way as they demonstrate great courage in snatching their own kind of victory from the jaws of defeat; the ending is a real lump-in-the-throater.

Good flick, but a caveat for viewing with the kiddos - the language is a tad rough in a couple of spots.


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