Cool Runnings (1993)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 38 mins

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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.
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Cast: Doug E Doug, John Candy, Leon Robinson

Crew: Jon Turteltaub (Director), Phedon Papamichael (Director of Photography), Hans Zimmer (Music Director)

Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family

Release Dates: 01 Oct 1993 (India)

Tagline: Inspired by the true story of the first Jamaican Olympic bobsled team.

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Did you know? Contrary to the story in movie, the Jamaican team was met with open arms by the international Bobsledding teams. One of the other teams even went so far as to lend the Jamaican team a back-up sled so they could qualify. Read More
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as Sanka Coffie
as Irv
as Derice Bannock
as Joy Bannock
as Registration Official
as Whitby Bevil
as Kroychzech
as Winston
as Larry
as Yul Brenner
as Roger
as Momma Coffie
as Josef Grool
as Junior Bevil
as Kurt Hemphill
as Coolidge


First Assistant Director


Assistant Producer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director


Sound Re-recording Mixer
Foley Artist
Foley Editor
Sound Editor
Boom Operator


Art Director
Production Designer
Set Decorator


Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer



Stunt Coordinator
Film Type:
Feature Film
Spoken Languages:
German, Russian
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 (Flat)
Inspired by the true story of the first Jamaican Olympic bobsled team.
Jamaican Bobsledders?
One dream. Four Jamaicans. Twenty below zero.
After the final run, Derice is stepping down from the run and shakes hands and speaks with the Swiss driver, it is clear the man behind them, center screen, is actually fake clapping.

In the Jamaican qualifying scene, when they are getting ready to go, we see a shot of their feet. In that shot the "new" Jamaican sled can be seen, yet they only have new costumes, not a new sled yet. In the next shot the sled is the "old" sled.

While Derice is traveling to various businesses seeking funding for the team, the montage puts all the executives in the same office behind the same desk; only with different decorations.

England was listed on the score board, but should have been Great Britain.

Factual Mistake
The sign at the registration table lists the sport as "Bobsled". In reality, the sport is always listed as "Bobsleigh" by the International Olympic Committee. "Bobsled" is the American name.

Factual Mistake
When the race starts and little boys in Jamaica start to draw timetable on blackboard, there is Finland listed among the countries, but in reality Finland has never participated in bobsleigh at the Olympics.

Factual Mistake
The Swiss bobsleigh is shown repeatedly with "Schweiz" painted vertically down the nose of the bob. However, Swiss bob teams have traditionally used the French name for Switzerland, i.e. "Suisse"

Factual Mistake
The Olympic 4-man bobsled competition is four runs over two days, not three runs over three days as depicted in the movie.

When watching the final run on TV, Joy Bannock reacts with horror three seconds before the crash actually occurs - even before the commentator warns it may happen by saying "I don't think he's going to be able to hold it."

The announcer at the sprint finals says the 100 meters is the final event of the day, yet there are 50 other athletes practicing and warming up for other events.

When the team is toasting each other after they paint the sled the labels on the Coke bottles change from the red labels to a different label. Also, Derice's level of soda is constantly changing.

As the Jamaican team prepares to start their qualifying run, all full shots of the sled show it gray and unpainted, but close-ups show the sled painted with the patterns later used in the film

In the shot in the bar when the coach is angry, he goes over, picks up a pool stick and repeatedly smashes the radio. You can see the wooden frame fall off the table leaving just the inside parts on the bar during one of the smashes. He then proceeds to place the pool stick back on the rack and walks back and sits down. When he does, you can see the wood frame and inside parts of the radio both sitting on the bar again.

As the team makes their first downhill run in acceptable time, one wheel can be seen bouncing off the sled. Yet when the sled comes to rest against the Police officer's vehicle all tires are on the sled.

When Derice falls in the Summer tryouts, the right side of his face goes down to the track. When they close in on him, the dirt from the track is on the left side of his face.

Just before the Jamaican sledders go to the county-western bar, Yul Brenner and Junior are talking in the room and Junior does not have a hat on. Next Yul Brenner opens the door to speak with Sanka Coffie. Towards the end of the conversation Junior is seen with a hat on in the background. When Yul Brenner is finished speaking to Sanka he turns to talk to Junior, Junior is taking the hat from the counter to put it on.

When the team walks out of the Calgary airport, they get on a shuttle that says "Calgary Hotel" on it, but then in later shots they are shown staying at the "Relaxx Inn", not the "Calgary Hotel".

Character Error
The board of results drawn up in the Jamaican village bar lists England as a competing team. England does not field separate teams in Olympic events; it only competes as part of a British team.

Audio/Video Mismatch
When Junior is looking in the mirror at the bar, his words don't match with lips.

On the first day of the Olympic competition, there is a shot of flags waving in the wind. The flag of the Russian Federation is shown next to the American flag. However, in 1988, Russia was a part of the Soviet Union and would have used the Soviet Flag.

The movie is set in 1988, but 1990s cars can be seen outside the Relaxx Inn in Calgary, Canada.

When Irv Blitzer is registering for bobsled tryouts, the man at the computer is using a computer that was first introduced in the early 1990s, and the film is set in 1988.

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.
Contrary to the story in movie, the Jamaican team was met with open arms by the international Bobsledding teams. One of the other teams even went so far as to lend the Jamaican team a back-up sled so they could qualify.

The crash scene at the end of the movie is the real footage taken from the 1988 Winter Olympic Games.

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.

Denzel Washington turned down the role of Derice and Eddie Murphy turned down the role of Sanka, baulking at the pay offered.

According to Tommy Swerdlow, the only line in the film that he did not write was "Sanka, ya dead?". That is the only line that came from the original version of the script.

Contrary to the movie, the infamous crash wasn't due to a mechanical error, but more or less losing control of the sled at such a high speed.

Based on a true story.

During the opening ceremonies scene, Blitzer is seen wearing a white Smithbilt cowboy hat. The white Smithbilt is a trademark of the City of Calgary, where the XV Winter Olympics were held in 1988.

In the German dubbing of this movie, the Swiss bobsledders ("eins, zwei, drei"), have been re-dubbed with a strong Swiss accent ("ace, zwoo, droo"). When the other characters imitate them, they also imitate the accent. In the original English version Hochdeutsch (standard German) is spoken.