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Cool Runnings

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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.|The filmmakers traveled to Jamaica for the primary filming and shot the Winter Olympics scenes in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.|The movie is based on a true story about the unlikely formation of a Jamaican bobsled team to compete in the 1988 Winter Olympics. The participants have never even seen snow, let alone a bobsled.

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  • Actors: Doug E. Doug, John Candy, Paul Coeur, Malik Yoba, Larry Gilman
  • Directors: Jon Turteltaub, Phedon Papmichael
  • Writers: Lynn Siefert, Michael Ritchie, Tommy Swerdlow, Michael Goldberg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 1999
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (705 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305428387
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,237 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cool Runnings" on IMDb

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Damian Gunn on September 28, 2006
Format: DVD
`Cool Runnings' is one of those movies I can watch over and over again and never get sick of it. Based on a true story that is both touching and inspirational, Jon Turteltaub does a magnificent job of infusing enough humor and wit into this script to make it one of the most entertaining movies I've ever seen. The story is about a young group of Jamaicans who are vying for a way to the Olympics. Derice Bannock (Leon) has dreamed of running in the Olympics all his life. His father was a famous Olympic runner and he dreamed of doing the same. Junior Bevil (Lewis) lives under the strict watch of his wealthy father who humors Junior's fantasy about running in the Olympics but doesn't wholeheartedly support it. And then we have Yul Brenner (Yoba) who lacks a good education but makes up for that with brute strength and arrogance. On the day of the tryouts Junior takes a fall and trips up Yul and Derice ending all of their chances to make it to the Olympics.

That is until they meet Irving Blitzer (Candy), an ex-bobsledder who knew Derice's father when they were in the Olympics together. Irving had always believed that runners would make the best Bobsled team and now he had the opportunity to try that out. With the help of Sanka Coffie (Doug E. Doug) they form the first Jamaican Bobsled team and head off to Canada to compete.

They are met with serious scrutiny, not only because they are Jamaican but also because their coach, Irv, is hated among the Olympic community. Irving was disqualified back in his Olympic days for hiding weights in the front of a sled to make it go faster, thus disqualifying, and humiliating his country, his teammates and his coach. Thus, they don't like him very much and because of that the Jamaicans have to work extra hard to make an impression.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 24, 2006
Format: DVD
This is one of my favorite movies. It all starts out with a Jamaican man by the name of Derice Bannok, whose father was a famous Jamaican runner in the Summer Olympics. Derice practices running and could run just as fast as his father, but at the try-outs for the Olympics, he gets tripped and doesn't make it. But he doesn't give up there! He goes to the president of the Department of the Jamaican Olympic Team, and tries to get him to re-run the race, but he says no. Derice still wants to go to the Olympics, so, he tries to get together the first Jamaican Bobsled team. He tries to find Irving Blitzer, a man who used to be on the American Bobsled team, but got kicked out for cheating and went to Jamaica to get away from Bobsledding. Mr. Blitzer keeps refusing Derices offer, but then finally agrees to coach his team. I cant' tell you anymore because I don't want to spoil it for you. This movie is an instant comedy classic that anybody would love, and, it has great music, plus, it's based on a true story so it's very realistic. Five stars from me!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Esperanza Reynolds VINE VOICE on March 17, 2008
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A Jamaican man has the dream to make it to the Olympics, and while he is the fastest runner in the Island nation, he is tripped and unable to win.

He finds out that there is another opportunity, and that is for a bobsled team, something Jamaica has never attempted because... who would ever dream of a team from a Caribbean Island that competes against the best of the best... they don't even know about snow!!!

John Candy is a retired Olympic gold medal winner and he lives in Kingston. The team enlists his services and soon we find ourselves witnessing a rather funny story of a group of athletes going to compete in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where cold is something beyond every conceivable idea of this group of four great athletes.

Simply, don't' miss this fun Caribbean story of the struggle to achieve greatness.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 2000
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This movie is great. I always cry at the end, even though we all know what happens. Its just so touching. Even though it is a loose adaptation of the true story, it gets the gist. A failed track star from Jamaica who will do anything to get to the Olympics finds John Candy, a disgraced Olympic bobsledding gold medalist. The most unlikely ensues: a Jamaican bobsled team...even though they've never SEEN snow. Against all odds, they make the Olympics. This movie, again--a loose adaptation, teaches a complex but important lesson: be true to who and what you are, persevere. But most of all, it teaches the simple lesson of the dignity that we all have within us, if we will let show.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Constantinos V. on October 24, 2006
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What a great comedy this is. The humour it has is timeless and gives you some really heartfelt laughs.

Most of all what an important message it has in this dope infested world of sports! This film in a masterful way shows that what matters is not the victory but just being there and participating. These movie should be shown to the kids that participate in sports in all schools colleges academies . Not to leave out the parents that sometimes push their kids in an unreasonable way.

Finally this movie shows in a very eloquent way that regardless of what your circumstances are you can fulfil any goal you set and pursue in an elaborate way.

Really clean family entertainment with John Cndy in one of his best roles. I highly recommend it to everyone.
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