Cool Runnings

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

Production: Disney
  2 wins & 2 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.9
Metacritic:
60
Rotten Tomatoes:
76%
PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Year:
1993
98
23,914 Views

Derice:
That's a Bobsled.

Sanka:
Oh, so a Bobsled is a Pushcart with no wheels.

Derice:
[opens a book] It's what it looks like here

Sanka:
Let me see that, [Derice hands Sanka the book] alright, The key elements for a successful Sled team are a steady driver and three strong runners to push off down the ice, ICE?, Ice!

Derice:
Well... It's kind of a Winter Sport ya know.

Sanka:
You mean winter, as in ICE?

Derice:
Maybe.

Sanka:
You mean winter, as in igloos and Eskimos and penguins and ICE?

Derice:
Possibly.

Sanka:
See ya.

Derice:
Where you going?

Sanka:
I'm going to take a hot bath, I'm getting cold just thinking about all this ICE.

Derice:
No Mon, your going to be part in my Bobsled team.

Sanka:
What do you need me for?

Derice:
Who is the best Pushcart driver in all of JAMAICA?

Sanka:
You're looking at him!

Derice:
Then you gotta do it!

Sanka:
NO!

Derice:
Hey mon you could be famous, you could have your picture on a Wheaties box, but you said no and that's alright because I don't need ya, everybody is gonna want to be on my Bobsled team.

Sanka:
Look Star, let tell you a little somethin' alright?, when you need somethin' from me you don't have to hand me a bunch of lines, all you have to do is look at me in the eye and say "Sanka, you are my best friend, we been through a whole heap together and I really, really need you."

Derice:
Sanka you right, and you are my best friend, and we been through a whole lot together.

Sanka:
Heap, Heap.

Derice:
Sorry mon, whole heap together.

Sanka:
And I really, really need you.

Derice:
And I really really need you.

Sanka:
Forget it.

Derice:
But you just said if I said that mon.

Sanka:
Alright, alright, alright, alright mon.

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