Derice Bannock, a Jamaican sprinter and the son of a gold medal-winning athlete, fails to qualify for the Olympic team but is still determined to win a medal. He forms his country’s first Olympic bobsleigh team and, despite no one taking them seriously, they set out for the Winter Games.
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 (1969) – and sporting no-hopers – The Bad News Bears (1976).
Admittedly, it’s a little predictable and patronising at times, but the eager performances of John Candy and his charges carry the day.
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