Cool Runnings

1993

Cool Runnings

Critics 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.

Cast

Leon
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 (11) | Fresh (32) | Rotten (10)

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

    March 17, 2020 | Full Review…
  • 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…

    David Anthony

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • 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

    Leonard Klady

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • Travelogue shots of happy Jamaicans dancing in the sun give way to patronising comedy.

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • A cute, buoyant sports fantasy, jolted along by a reggae soundtrack and playfully acted by an appealing cast.

    May 21, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/5

Audience Reviews for Cool Runnings

  • Mar 06, 2015
    We used to force my highschool teachers to put it on a never ending loop at camp.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • May 16, 2013
    When I first saw this movie I was young and I thought it was ordinary story about underdogs beating all odds. Then I found out that this movie was based on the true story and I was shocked. Can you imagine that Jamaica, the country that last time saw snow during prehistory, sent bobsled tema on Winter Olympics?! With good chemistry between Leon, Doug, Rawle, Yoba and Candy, funny moments and brilliant one liners this movie, like Sanka, won't die any time soon.
    Mate M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 11, 2013
    From Walt Disney comes the inspirational true story Cool Runnings, about a group of underdogs that took the world by surprise. The story follows a group of Jamaican athletes who dream of Olympic gold and decide to form the first Jamaican bobsled team in order to achieve it. John Candy leads the cast, and gives a great performance as a former Olympian who becomes their coach and must turn a group of misfits into a team. The comedy works well and the story has a lot of heart. Even though it's a bit of a familiar underdog story, Cool Runnings is a terrific family film that's fun and has an uplifting message about sportsmanship.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 01, 2012
    I loved this film very funny from start to finish, Based on the real Jamaican bobsled team, A great family film that's still funny today, It's one of those films I could watch all the time.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer

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