Cool Runnings [1994]

Cool Runnings [DVD] [1994]

Release Date: January 22, 2001
Studio: Disney
Actors: John Candy, Leon, Doug E. Doug, Rawle D. Lewis, Malik Yoba
Directors: Jon Turteltaub
Runtime: 98 minutes

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