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Cool Runnings (1993)

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.


Jon Turteltaub


Lynn Siefert (story), Michael Ritchie (story) | 3 more credits »
3,603 ( 511)
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




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 Macaulay ... Joy Bannock (as Bertina Macauley)
Pauline Stone Myrie Pauline Stone Myrie ... Momma Coffie
Kristoffer Cooper Kristoffer Cooper ... Winston
Bill Dow ... Registration Official


Four Jamaicans form their country's first ever bobsled team to compete in the upcoming 1988 Winter Olympics. They enlist the help of a disgraced former Olympic gold winner to reluctantly coach them. However, when they reach Canada they're treated as outsiders by the other teams, who fear they'll only succeed in embarrassing the sport. Written by Iantjambo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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 »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Irving "Irv" Blitzer (John Candy) is said to have secured Roger (Paul Coeur) a spot in the 1968 Grenoble Olympics. The 1968 Winter Olympics were held in Grenoble, France. Italy won both gold medals in the bobsleigh in those games. See more »


When Derice Bannock and Sanka Coffie have set up a kissing booth; the camera zooms in and you see the old lady second in line and no sign of Joy Bannock. However, when the camera zooms in even more and the other lady walks away; Joy Bannock is first in line and Sanka Coffie gets the old lady. See more »


Sanka Coffie: All I'm saying, mon, is if we walk Jamaican, talk Jamaican, and *is* Jamaican, then we sure as hell better bobsled Jamaican.
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Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #1.22 (2015) See more »


Love You Want
Written by Winston 'Pipe' Matthews (as Winston Matthews), Lloyd McDonald, and Richard Feldman
Performed by Wailing Souls
Courtesy of Chaos/Columbia Records
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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Release Date:

1 October 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blue Maaga See more »

Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada See more »


Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,046,648, 3 October 1993

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo


Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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