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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.

Director:

Jon Turteltaub

Writers:

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

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

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

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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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Trivia

The Jamaican bobsledder characters in the movie were all fictional characterizations and were not based on their real life counterparts. John Candy's Irving "Irv" Blitzer coach character is also fictional. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the movie Joy asks Derice where he's going, his response is Calgary, however Derice competes in track & field, a summer event. His response should have been Seoul South Korea, as the summer games were held there. See more »

Quotes

Al Trautwig: Watch out, world. The Jamaicans are coming!
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Connections

Spoofed in What's Up Doc?: Episode #2.26 (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Jamaica
Written by Patrick Barrett and Garnett Smith
Performed by Tony Rebel
Courtesy of Chaos/Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Sweet, disarming film
23 September 1999 | by SpleenSee all my reviews

Hands up all Jamaicans. (There are only 2.6 million people in Jamaica - so I know you don't account for a large percentage of the English-speaking world.) Hands up all those people with any interest at all in bobsledding. Hah! I knew it! No-one.

That's why `Cool Runnings' succeeds. It depends not at all on aggressive nationalism (it couldn't afford to, with a constituency of 2.6 million), and people of all countries are free to participate in the Jamaicans' perfectly reasonable patriotism. (Probably even the Swiss, whose bobsled team comes across as more than a trifle arrogant.) Nor is there any of that worship of a particular sport that makes baseball movies so unendurable for people outside of North America, Cuba and Japan. (Not that I have any evidence that baseball movies are popular in Cuba or Japan.)

There isn't any power-of-positive-thinking psychobabble, either - at least, it doesn't dominate. The four Jamaican bobsledders are separate people with different goals and ways of thinking. The coach (played beautifully by John Candy, who proves that he can act without playing the clown) doesn't ram a particular ideology down his players' throats. I doubt that any sports film has a more civilised and reasonable coach.

It comes down to this: we are given a reason to care about the characters, unrelated to nationality; and we are given a story that's worth following, even if we would never follow the sport itself. The clichés are fewer than usual and never offensive. It's a sweet film, and I doubt there's more than a handfull of people who could resist its charm.


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Official Sites:

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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:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,046,648, 3 October 1993

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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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