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Cool Runnings (1993)

One Dream. Four Jamaicans. Twenty Below Zero.

Starring:

Bertina Macauley

Charles Hyatt

Doug E. Doug

John CandyJohn Candy

Kristoffer Cooper

Larry Gilman

Leon

Malik Yoba

Paul Coeur

Pauline Stone Myrie

Peter Outerbridge

Rawle D. Lewis

Raymond J. Barry

Winston Stona

Directed by:

Jon Turteltaub

Rating: 7/10

Running Time: 98 minutes

US Certificate: PG UK Certificate: PG

On DVD

Cool Runnings tells the trueish story of the first Jamaican bobsled team to enter the Winter Olympics. The four-man team – including a failed Jamaica sprinter (Leon), a rich kid (Lewis), a hardcase (Yoba) and a slacker (Doug) are trained by a disgraced former bobsled trainer (Candy) who finds himself exiled on the island. They face ridicule but somehow defy expectations to reach the Winter Olympics and then actually pose a threat to the superior European and North American teams.

John Candy is perfect for the role of washed-up Bobsled coach as physically you could imagine an ex-sportsman down on his look to resemble his figure and surly demeanour. A medley of homegrown Jamaican actors create an excellent mix of personalities who become closer as the film progresses and bring a chummy camaraderie and sometimes very funny comedy to proceedings.

Sure, it’s not historically correct but that doesn’t really matter with this film’s family-orientated target audience. The film’s feel good factor and inspirational message is complemented by some darker moments and the climax can leave the most stone cold psycho killer with a tear in their eye. Cool Runnings made-for-TV feel and excitability makes it a perfect family film for a rainy Sunday afternoon.

It's Got: Inspirational, humorous and heartwarming moments

It Needs: To be remembered as one of John Candy's finest moments, for you to ignore the trifling historical inaccuracies

DVD Extras A Trailer - really shows off the unlimited potential of a DVD. DVD Extras Rating: 1/10

Alternatives:

Bend it Like Beckham, Chariots of Fire, The Mighty Ducks

Summary

A perfect family film with plenty of inspirational scenes, humour and moments of John Candy magic. Great for a rainy Sunday afternoon.

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