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
The movie is based on a true story. However, there were many changes to add comedy, drama and character development. See more »
In Calgary Olympic Village, the flag of Sri Lanka can be seen among a group of flags of the participating countries. Actually Sri Lanka did not took part of the event, and as of 2015 has never been part of a Winter Olympics. See more »
All right, Derice. Let me lay out some difficulties for you. Snow: you don't have any. It's nine hundred degrees out there. Time: you don't have any. The Olympics are in three months. And me: you don't have me. As far as I'm concerned, the sport of bobsledding no longer exists. I don't want to do it, I don't want to coach it, and most of all, and I mean most of all, I don't want to be within two thousand miles of anybody who does. Now did you follow all that?
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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
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Not the truth, but still inspiring.
Make no mistake, Cool Runnings is not the true story of the Jamaican Bobsled team. It is inspired by it, but this is not a documentary. Still, despite that, it does capture the spirit of the team and the derision they faced. In a fun and entertaining way, the filmmakers displayed the true lesson of the team: if you have a dream, go after it, no matter what anyone else says.
This isn't the greatest film ever and it's full of cliches; but, they work. If you can't get caught up in the emotion and excitement of the film, it's because your heart is frozen. There are plenty of laughs and general silliness, but there is also good drama and fine performances. John Candy showed he could deliver an emotional performance instead of just schtick. During the bobsled runs, you can't help but find yourself cheering for the team.
This film is a pleasure to watch and will bring a smile to your face. Is it good? Yeah, mon!
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