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.
Tommy Swerdlow - Supporting Actor
Leon - African-American Actor, THE FIVE HEARTBEATS
Leon Robinson - African-American Actor, THE FIVE HEARTBEATS
Jon Turteltaub - Director/"3 Ninjas"
John Candy - Canadian Actor/Comedian
Michael Goldberg - Director/Screenwriter
Malik Yoba - Actor, COOL RUNNINGS
Lynn Siefert - SCREENWRITER
Doug E. Doug - Actor
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.
"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.
"...A cute, buoyant sports fantasy, jolted along by a reggae soundtrack and playfully acted by an appealing cast..." - 10/01/1993 New York Times, p.C8
"...Heartwarming..." - 04/01/1994 Sight and Sound, p.39-40
"...Highly entertaining....The offbeat, fact-based saga is enlivened by the perfect balance of humor, emotion and insight..." - 09/20/1993 Variety