Cool Runnings is a 1993 comedy film directed by Jon Turteltaub. It is loosely based on the true story of the Jamaica national bobsled team’s debut in the bobsleigh competition of the 1988 Winter Olympics in
It stars Leon Robinson, Doug E. Doug, Malik Yoba, and Rawle D. Lewis, with John Candy as Irv Blitzer, the retired bobsledder and coach of the Jamaican bobsledders.
The plot of cool runnings ( or scroll to the bottom for for the movie)
Irving “Irv” Blitzer (John Candy) is an American bobsled double gold medalist at the 1968 Winter Olympics, who finished first in two events again in 1972 but was disqualified for cheating and retired in disgrace
to Jamaica, where he leads a destitute life as a bookie.
He is approached by top 100m runner Derice Bannock, who failed to qualify for the 1988 Summer Olympics when another opponent, Junior Bevil, tripped at the trials, and pushcart driving champion Sanka Coffie, who both wish to use his previous experience as a coach in order to compete in the 1988 Winter Olympics as bobsledders.
Irv had been good friends with Derice’s father, Ben, a former sprinter whom Irv had tried to recruit
for the bobsled team years ago. Yul Brenner, another runner who was tripped at the qualifier by Junior. Junior also joins the team to make up for his error.
After Irv is convinced to coach the team, the four try finding ways to earn money to get in the Olympics; Singing, arm wrestling, kissing women, but all fail. Junior, however, sold his car and contributed his car money.
Finally, they have enough money for the trip to the Olympics. The Jamaicans’ first day on the track results in yet another embarrassment and a last-place finish. The second day proves better; the Jamaican team finishes with a fast time which puts them in eighth position.
For the first half of the final day’s race it looks as though they will break the world bobsled speed record, until tragedy strikes: their sled, due to one of the blades falling off, flips on its side coming out of a turn towards the end of their run, leaving them meters short of the finish line.
However, the team lifts their sled up and walks across the finish line to rousing applause from onlookers. The team, at the end, feels accomplished enough to return in four years to the next winter Olympics. A brief epilogue states the team returned to Jamaica as heroes, and upon their return to the Winter Olympics four
years later, they were treated as equals.
Enough said it is time to watch the movie – cool runnings.
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