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Actors: John Candy, Leon, Doug E. Doug, Rawle D. Lewis, Malik Yoba Director: Jon Turteltaub Rating: Features: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC Running Time: 98 minutes Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Release Date: August 24, 1999 Theatrical Release Date: October 1, 1993 Studio: Walt Disney Video
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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.
Based on an improbable but true story, Cool Runnings concerns the Jamaican bobsled team that competed in the 1988 Winter Olympics. Director Jon Turteltaub Phenomenon does a fine job with both the absurdity of the situation the athletes had never even seen snow and the passion behind it their desire to compete and win. John Candy, in one of his last roles, is touching as a disgraced coach who seizes the opportunity to work with the Jamaicans as a chance for redemption. The bobsled scenes look good, and the races are exciting. The climax, which is entirely unexpected, takes the film to a wholly different level, even if events in the story don't quite match the facts. --Tom Keogh