Gordon Bombay is forced to withdraw from the minor hockey league with a knee injury. Much to his surprise, he is given the job of coach of Team USA Hockey for the Junior Goodwill Games in ... See full summary »
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
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The movie documents events at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics as did the later movie Eddie the Eagle (2015). This film was made and released about twenty-three years before Eddie the Eagle (2015). Both movies feature protagonists who competed at the same Winter Olympics in Calgary in 1988 and were not medal winners but were struggling and ridiculed competitors who showed great spirit and determination. In the later movie Eddie the Eagle (2015), one of the commentators makes a clear reference to the Jamaican Bobsleigh team from the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. 1988 was second to last year that the winter and summer and Olympics were held the same year (every leap year), as 1992 was the last year that both Olympiads were held in the same year (Albertville, France for the Winter and Barcelona, Spain the Summer). See more »
In 'Opening Ceremony' scene of the '88 Winter Olympics, the flags of the Nations are displayed for a second. The flag of 'Russia' (white, blue, red) is displayed just left of center. The proper flag for the time period, would have been the same as the team, U.S.S.R. or CCCP as the Russian flag was not adopted till Dec. 11, 1993. Also when the young boy in Jamaica was keeping Olympic scores on the blackboard, he wrote 'Russia' instead of U.S.S.R. See more »
We must also be concerned about the potential for embarrassment.
Oh, pardon me. I didn't realize that four black guys in a bobsled could make you blush.
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Jamaican Bobsledding Chant
Written by Malik Yoba, Charmaine LaCosta, Sabrina Cohen, Angela Wilks, and Linda Scott
Performed by Worl-A-Girl
Courtesy of Chaos/Columbia Records
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Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up, it's bobsled time.
Just saw this movie again on HBO, haven't seen it in almost a decade, and was surprised at how much slipped by me the first time. It's only sad point is to be reminded of what a loss we movie lovers suffered with the death of John Candy. Imagine what he could have done with a little more time on this mortal coil. This movie is uplifting; it's about the human spirit, its strengths and weaknesses. It explores the parent-child conflict, superstition, ambition, love, hate, patriotism and a gamut of other themes. The story telling is good, the camaraderie authentic, and the celebration of life inspiring. Follow your dreams, wherever they may lead you. When things seem impossible, just remember that there's a Jamaican bobsled team.
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