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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

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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 »


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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

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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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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

Third to last cinema movie of actor John Candy whose final two theatrical feature films were Wagons East (1994) and Canadian Bacon (1995). See more »

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While Derice is traveling to various businesses seeking funding for the team, the montage puts all the executives in the same office behind the same desk; only with different decorations. See more »

Quotes

Irv: I told the owner of the bar that these guys were mentally disturbed, so he's not going to press any charges.
Sanka Coffie: Yeah! Sled god does it again!
Irv: Just shut up, Sanka.
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Referenced in 80's Dan: World Games (2011) See more »

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Rise Above It
Written by P.C. Harris and Peter Curry
Performed by Lock, Stock and Barrel
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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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