Cool Runnings

Closed Capationed Starring: John Candy Director: Jon Turteltaub  Rated: PG: Parental Guidance Suggested
One dream. Four Jamaicans. Twenty below zero.
Rating 4.7
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 38 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1993
  • Label: Walt Disney Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
  • Interactive Features:
    • Scene Access
    • Interactive Menus

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring
Performer: , , &
Directed by
Screenwriting by , &
Produced by

Entertainment Reviews:

New York Times - 10/01/1993
"...A cute, buoyant sports fantasy, jolted along by a reggae soundtrack and playfully acted by an appealing cast..."
Sight and Sound - 04/01/1994
"...Heartwarming..."
Variety - 09/20/1993
"...Highly entertaining....The offbeat, fact-based saga is enlivened by the perfect balance of humor, emotion and insight..."

Product Description:

Inspired by the true story of the first Jamaican Olympic Bobsled Team. The always appealing Candy is the ex-champion who takes on the four islanders who know nothing about the sport and whips them into champions.

Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment:

Cool Runnings
Based on a true story, this is the comedic saga of four Jamaican athletes going to extremes to compete as bobsled racers at the Winter Olympics. With few resources and virtually no clue about winter sports, it's an uphill course for this troupe from the tropics who are sliding on thin ice as they go for the gold in Calgary, Canada. Refusing to let anything stand in their way, these four Jamaicans enlist the help of a down-and-out ex-champion American slider named Irv. Unavoidably drawn back to a sport he had come to loathe, Irv is faced with coaching a team of complete novices. But once committed, he is determined to turn them around and to somehow right the wrongs of his own failed career. It's a bumpy ride but with pride, determination, and dignity, the bobsledders make their impossible dreams come true.

Plot Synopsis:

When a fellow competitor trips Derice at an Olympic qualifying track meet, Derice fails to acquire the final points necessary to get to the summer games. To make matters worse, the local board refuses to reinstate Derice. But there's still way for him to make it to the Olympics.
After learning about a wacky American bobsledder living in Jamaica -- who had years earlier attempted to recruit Derice's father for a Jamaican bobsled team -- Derice's competitive spirit is renewed. Realizing that bobsledding may be his golden opportunity, he drafts his go-cart driving buddy Sanka, and talks Winter Olympian Irv Blitzer into coaching this offbeat team. Blitzer whips the dedicated athletes into bobsledding shape despite the total absence of snow. Together they're the weirdest outfit at Calgary -- but no one's more fun at the winter games.

Plot Keywords:

Recommended | Slapstick | Theatrical Release | True Story

Production Notes:

  • "Cool Runnings" is based on the true story of the Jamaican bobsled team, who became audience favorites as beloved underdogs in the 1988 Olympic games.
  • Rated BBFC PG by the British Board of Film Classification.

Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:

Customer Rating: Rating 4.7
Based on 121 ratings.
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Rating 4.5 Cool Runnings Movie Lover: from GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB CA -- August, 28, 2011

Cute movie with a tie-in to the Calgary Olympics, and based on a real event. Humerous and entertaining.


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