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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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It's a story of loss & disappointment, struggle, perseverance, redemption, overcoming odds, comradeship and teamwork. When I watched it for the first time I didn't know the story of this Jamaican team, so everything about it was new to me. Without giving any details, when it came to the last AMAZING scene, I sat bolt upright and started to weep because of the tenacity of the team. I've watched this movie many times since then and still get weepy when I see that scene.
This is a great movie to watch with your children. There are wonderful messages in it. There is some swearing in one scene--but not vulgar. No murder, no gore, no sexual content, just a happy movie with an inspiring ending that happens to be a true story.