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Cool Runnings (1993)



Critic Consensus: Cool Runnings rises above its formulaic sports-movie themes with charming performances, light humor, and uplifting tone.

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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.

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as Derice Bannock
Doug E. Doug
as Sanka Coffie
Rawle D. Lewis
as Junior Bevil
Malik Yoba
as Yul Brenner
John Candy
as Irv Blitzer
Raymond J. Barry
as Kurt Hemphill
Peter Outerbridge
as Josef Grool
Charles Hyatt
as Whitby Bevil Sr.
Bertina Macauley
as Joy Bannock
Winston Stona
as Coolidge
Pauline Stone-Myrie
as Momma Coffie
Bill Dow
as Registration Official
Jay Brazeau
as Kroychzech
Campbell Lane
as Shindler
Matthew Walker
as German Official
Christopher Gaze
as British Official
Jack Goth
as Gremmer
David Lovgren
as Swiss Captain
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Critic Reviews for Cool Runnings

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (13)

[A] sweet-natured, high-spirited comedy, that rare movie that plays effectively to all ages.

March 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Cheesy? Certainly. But strong performaces and a heart-warming storyline make this a winner.

March 16, 2020 | Rating: 3/5

Though it certainly has faults, which only the extremely nostalgic could ignore, the film bests its contemporaries through its ability to unite childlike comedy and adult concerns without ever obscuring one with the other.

March 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Cool Runnings is a charming tale of determined underdogs, with plenty of laughs, moments of real tension, and five engaging performances.

December 18, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The offbeat, fact-based saga is enlivened by the perfect balance of humor, emotion and insight and should be one of the true sleepers among fall box office releases.

March 21, 2007

Travelogue shots of happy Jamaicans dancing in the sun give way to patronising comedy.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Cool Runnings


Cool Runnings is a very good comedy about a Jamaican Bob Sled team. This is a well made comedy with lots of laughs, a decent cast, and of course the brilliance of John Candy. There are plenty of good things to enjoy about this film, and it surprised me quite a bit. Cool Runnings is lots of fun, and is one of the better underdog comedies out there. The film is not perfect, however it's very entertaining. The film has a good cast, and has a very original idea for its plot. The film funny, and the cast do a good job at delivering the laughs. John Candy one of his last performances here, as this was one of three final films he starred in before he died. Candy as usual shines here, and delivers a good performance. This is a very good comedy that is simply lots of fun. The performances are good, the story is interesting and the laughs are plentiful. I enjoyed this film more that your regular sports comedy, and at times Cool Runnings manages to be better than most sports comedies. This film is a classic of sports comedies, and should get more recognition. This is a good film to watch with friends, and you're guaranteed plenty of laughs. John Candy is great here, and his performance alone makes this film worth seeing. Cool Runnings is a childhood favorite of mine, and is a film worth seeing. The films plot may seem a tad ridiculous, but it's totally worth watching. A fun filled comedy that will make you laugh.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer


"Cool Runnings" is a film that shouldn't be good, but is. It isn't a masterpiece, it doesn't excel in any particular technique of filmmaking, nor is the acting the greatest, or the directing impossible to repeat. Yet, it is a film that makes you feel, in many different ways. Telling the story of the first Jamaican bobsled team, and starring John Candy, Leon, Doug E.Doug and others, the film delivers a compelling, emotional, story that inspires at the same time. As I said earlier, technical aspects or acting/directing aspects, aren't the best. They don't make the film what it is. What makes the film is the brilliant, and also true, story behind it. The underdogs, a Jamaican bobsled team, it all seems ridiculous. You hate the characters at the beginning, they managed to irritate me in many different ways, but by the end, you have made friends and you're rooting more than any of the crowds that probably did watch the event live. A family favourite, it can cheer you up no matter what, as you find your hairs standing on end and a tear forming in your eye by the end of this little, un-important, yet great film. ***' 3 & A Half Star

Adam Kelly
Adam Kelly

Super Reviewer

Entertaning, funny and inspirational, Cool Runnings, bring a good cast and screenplay. Probably the best work of Jon Turteltaub. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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