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
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 »
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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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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