Cool Runnings

Cool Runnings

Jon Turteltaub (1993)

PG Certificate


Our Score
If someone had invented the story of a Jamaican bobsleigh team entering the Olympics, they'd have been laughed out of the room. But, as the story is true and Disney knows how to produce feel-good material better than most, what results is a hugely entertaining comedy that's guaranteed to have you cheering on the underdogs. Michael Ritchie co-wrote the story on which the film is based, no doubt drawing on his directorial experiences of winter sports - Downhill Racer - and sporting no-hopers - The Bad News Bears. Admittedly, it's a little predictable and patronising at times, but the eager performances of John Candy and his charges carry the day.


A sprinter fails to qualify for the Jamaican Olympic squad, but refuses to give up his dream. Learning that a former US bobsleigh coach is living nearby, he seizes the chance to shine in an entirely different sport, and cajoles three of his friends to join him in training for the 1988 Winter Olympics in the far less tropical environment of Canada. Fact-based comedy, with John Candy, Leon, Doug E Doug and Malik Yoba.

Cast & Crew

Derice Bannock Leon
Sanka Coffie Doug E Doug
Junior Bevil Rawle D Lewis
Yul Brenner Malik Yoba
Irving Blitzer John Candy
Kurt Hemphill Raymond J Barry
Josef Grool Peter Outerbridge
Roger Paul Coeur
Larry Larry Gilman
Whitby Bevil Snr Charles Hyatt
Coolidge Winston Stona
Joy Bannock Bertina Macauley
Momma Coffie Pauline Stone Myrie
Winston Kristoffer Cooper
Registration official Bill Dow
Kroychzech Jay Brazeau
Shindler Campbell Lane
German official Matthew Walker
British official Christopher Gaze
Gremmer Jack Goth
Swiss captain David Lovgren
Director Jon Turteltaub
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Edited for violence and languageAvailable on: video and DVD