Cool Runnings (1993)

Cool Runnings (1993)

Cool Runnings



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

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A Jamaican sprinter (Derice Bannock) loses his place on the Olympic team after stumbling in the trials, so he decides to form a bobsled team to compete at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He recruits an American coach (John Candy) to teach him and his team the elementals of the sport.

Rating: PG
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Lynn Siefert, Tommy Swerdlow, Michaël Goldberg, Anthony C. Winkler, Michael Ritchie
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 17, 2001


as Derice Bannock

as Sanka Coffie

as Junior Bevil

as Yul Brenner

as Irv Blitzer

as Kurt Hemphill

as Josef Grool

as Whitby Bevil Sr.

as Joy Bannock

as Coolidge

as Momma Coffie

as Registration Officia...

as Kroychzech

as Shindler

as German Official

as British Official

as Gremmer

as Uncle Ferte

as Swiss Captain

as Heckler
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Critic Reviews for Cool Runnings

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (7)

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.

Full Review… | March 21, 2007
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A cute, buoyant sports fantasy, jolted along by a reggae soundtrack and playfully acted by an appealing cast.

Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

A wholesome, engaging, frequently hilarious, ultimately inspirational film.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

The ghost of Stepin Fetchit is hovering in the tropical ether.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Entirely mediocre and forgettable

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Cool Runnings

John Candy always makes me laugh even in this Disney flick.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


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

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

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