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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Derice Bannock
... Sanka Coffie
... Junior Bevil
... Yul Brenner
... Irv
... Kurt Hemphill
... Josef Grool
Paul Coeur ... Roger
Larry Gilman ... Larry
Charles Hyatt ... Whitby Bevil, Sr.
Winston Stona ... Coolidge
Bertina Macauley ... Joy Bannock
Pauline Stone Myrie ... Momma Coffie
Kristoffer Cooper ... Winston
... 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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Rated PG for mild language and brief violence | See all certifications »

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1 October 1993 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$68,856,263

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$154,856,263
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Trivia

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, Ontario, Canada. See more »

Goofs

The board of results drawn up in the Jamaican village bar lists England as a competing team. England does not field separate teams in Olympic events; it only competes as part of a British team. See more »

Quotes

Yul Brenner: Look in the mirror, and tell me what you see!
Junior Bevill: I see Junior.
Yul Brenner: You see Junior? Well, let me tell you what I see. I see pride! I see power! I see a bad-ass mother who don't take no crap off of nobody!
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Referenced in Futurama: Bender's Big Score (2007) See more »

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Stir It Up
Written by Bob Marley
Performed by Diana King
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A scene from the 1988 Olympics:
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One of John Candy's best movies. An excellent cast makes this a real feel good film telling the story of the first Jamaican bobsled team and their efforts to overcome the prejudices of a previous all white sport. You'll enjoy every minute of this flick and have a better understanding of what it takes to join the Olympic movement. For the entire family.


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