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Cool Runnings
     

Cool Runnings

4.3 18
Director: Jon Turteltaub

Cast: Leon, Doug E. Doug, Malik Yoba

 

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Cool Runnings fictionalizes the true story of a bobsledding team from Jamaica making it to the Olympics. The tale begins when Derice Bannock (Leon), realizing that due to an accident his chances of qualifying for Jamaica's 1988 Olympic track team are dashed, scrounges around looking for another sport for the competition. Since ex-United States gold medal

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Cool Runnings fictionalizes the true story of a bobsledding team from Jamaica making it to the Olympics. The tale begins when Derice Bannock (Leon), realizing that due to an accident his chances of qualifying for Jamaica's 1988 Olympic track team are dashed, scrounges around looking for another sport for the competition. Since ex-United States gold medal bobsledding winner Irv Blitzer (John Candy) now lives in Jamaica, Derice chooses bobsledding, convincing Irv to coach the team. Derice then forms his team. He gets his friend Sanka Cofie (Doug E. Doug) to join up and recruits Junior Bevil (Rawle D. Lewis), a young man who lacks self-confidence, and Yul Brenner (Malik Yoba), a disagreeable and bitter malcontent. After setbacks and near disasters, the group jells as team members and they head off to the Olympics to compete for an Olympic spot.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Cool Runnings is a likable sports comedy that manages the unusual task of being both heavily cliched and highly offbeat. In terms of storytelling and structure, director Jon Turteltaub relies on tried-and-true cinematic sports conceits: underdog athletes, not taken seriously, become worthy competitors due to heart, grit, and determination, egged on by a coach in whom nobody believes anymore. It's been done to death, but Turteltaub understands that the formula works, just as it did in Rocky (1976), The Bad News Bears (1976), The Natural (1984) , and any one of two dozen other sports films. What sets the film apart is its sly self-awareness. The casting of the absurdly out of shape John Candy as the team's ex-champion-athlete coach, and the characters' goofball names (two teammates are Sanka Coffie and Yul Brenner) are just two examples of the film's wickedly juvenile, joyous sense of humor. The proceedings are handled with just such a delicately funny touch, the film's intentions not to be taken seriously made so clear that Cool Runnings (1993) becomes an instantly enjoyable confabulation.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/11/1994
UPC:
0765362325030
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
PG
Source:
Walt Disney Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leon Derice Bannock
Doug E. Doug Sanka Coffie
Malik Yoba Yul Brenner
Rawle D. Lewis Junior Bevil
John Candy Irv Blitzer
Larry Gilman Larry
Peter Outerbridge Josef Grool
Paul Coeur Roger
Chemin Sylvia Bernard Actor
Jaki Brown-Karman Actor
Phill Lewis Actor
Raymond J. Barry Kurt Hemphill
Charles Hyatt Whitby Bevil Jr.
Winston Stona Coolidge
Bill Dow Registration Official
Jay Brazeau Kroychzech
Campbell Lane Shindler
Matthew Walker German Official
David Lovgren Swiss Captain
Fitz Weir Uncle Ferte
Charles Harvey Cop #1
Michael London Heckler
John Morgan Himself

Technical Credits
Jon Turteltaub Director
Lesley Beale Set Decoration/Design
Kelsee Devoreaux Stunts
Bruce Franklin Asst. Director
Michael Goldberg Screenwriter
Casey Grant Production Manager
Bruce Green Editor
Warren Hamilton Sound Editor
Scott Jacobson Set Decoration/Design
Gary Kosko Art Director
Susan B. Landau Executive Producer
Stephen Marsh Production Designer
Christopher Meledandri Executive Producer
Rexford Metz Cinematographer
Bill Orr Special Effects
Phedon Papamichael Cinematographer
Grania Preston Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Ritchie Screenwriter
Richard Roberts Art Director
Lynn Siefert Screenwriter
Daniel Steel Producer
Dawn Steel Producer
Larry Sutton Musical Direction/Supervision
Tommy Swerdlow Screenwriter
Anthony C. Winkler Screenwriter
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

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Cool Runnings 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
sallyff More than 1 year ago
This is one of my very favorite movies. It is pretty typical Disney in that if you look at all closely you can see the strings they are manipulating to get reactions from the audience. Despite this, I LOVE this movie. I have watched it many many times, and the final scene STILL brings tears to my eyes.
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joSD More than 1 year ago
A feel good movie to see with the whole family. Loved it, for all ages.
Tinkerbell3 More than 1 year ago
Great movie for rooting for the underdogs. This movie is funny but also shows what a person can achieve with determination and hard work.
MY44 More than 1 year ago
I forgot just how good a movie this is. Used it to teach kids in my elementary class about the Winter Olympics and sticking to their goals. They loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is a great movie Sanka is the best like when the team gets in trouble for fighting and daresse is like ''You don't see the Swiss fightin and carrin on'' and Sanka goes ''Ah yes but you don't see the swiss smilin neither in fact if one of them swiss boys ever came across a pretty girl he'd probly say Ise Viy Dry and try to push her down some ice'' This movie is a number 1 I'd have to say one of the greatest movies I've ever seen. And even better is after every time some one asks Sanka if he is dead he goes ''Ya mon I'm dead''
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie makes me laugh and cry every time I see it. My 8 year old watches it all the time. He likes to imitate Sanka's jamaican accent (Ya Mon)
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