Cool Runnings

October 1st, 1993


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Based on the true story of the First Jamacian bobsled team trying to make it to the winter olympics.

Release Year: 1993

Rating: 6.6/10 (33,750 voted)

Director: Jon Turteltaub

Stars: John Candy, Leon, Doug E. Doug

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 to 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.

Writers: Lynn Siefert, Michael Ritchie

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 - Roger
Larry Gilman - Larry
Charles Hyatt - Whitby Bevil - Sr.
Winston Stona - Coolidge
Bertina Macauley - Joy Bannock
Pauline Stone Myrie - Momma Coffie
Kristoffer Cooper - Winston
Bill Dow - Registration Official

Taglines: Jamaican Bobsledders?

Release Date: 1 October 1993

Filming Locations: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $15,000,000(estimated)

Gross: $68,856,263 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

In the sport of bobsledding, adding weight to the sled is perfectly legal. Both two and four-man sleds have minimum and maximum weights. The weight of the sled is calculated as the total weight of the sled and its crew. If the fully loaded sled weighs less than the maximum, it is perfectly legal to add weight to make up the difference.

Anachronisms: After Jamaica's second tournament run, there is a nighttime shot of the Calgary skyline. During this shot, you can see the Banker's Hall Building. That building wasn't completed until 1989, and the movie takes place in 1988.

Derice Bannock: [Derice drums over his teamates' helmets]
Sanka Coffie: Hey! Heeeeyyy! What you doin?
Derice Bannock: This is what the Swiss do to psyche themselves up!
Sanka Coffie: They also make them little pocket knives, too, but I don't see you doin that!

User Review

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!