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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Derice Bannock
... Sanka Coffie
... Junior Bevil
... Yul Brenner
... Irv
... Kurt Hemphill
... Josef Grool
Paul Coeur ... Roger
Larry Gilman ... Larry
Charles Hyatt ... Whitby Bevil, Sr.
Winston Stona ... Coolidge
Bertina Macauley ... Joy Bannock
Pauline Stone Myrie ... Momma Coffie
Kristoffer Cooper ... Winston
... 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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Rated PG for mild language and brief violence | See all certifications »

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1 October 1993 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$68,856,263

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$154,856,263
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Trivia

The film's story was co-written by Michael Ritchie who had directed the Robert Redford downhill skiing movie Downhill Racer (1969) and later the snow survivalist comedy The Survivors (1983). See more »

Goofs

As the team makes their first downhill run in acceptable time, one wheel can be seen bouncing off the sled. Yet when the sled comes to rest against the Police officer's vehicle all tires are on the sled. See more »

Quotes

Irv: Oh, yeah, just one little drawback to this delightful winter sport. The high-speed crash. Ooh! That hurt. Always remember, your bones will not break in a bobsled. No, no, no. They shatter.
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Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 19 February 2018 (2018) See more »

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Wild Wild Life
Written by David Byrne
Performed by Wailing Souls
Courtesy of Chaos/Columbia Records
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Not the truth, but still inspiring.
23 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

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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