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Cool Runnings (1993)

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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Derice Bannock
Leon
Sanka Coffie
Doug E Doug
Junior Bevil
Rawle D Lewis
Yul Brenner
Malik Yoba
Irving Blitzer
John Candy
Kurt Hemphill
Raymond J Barry
Josef Grool
Peter Outerbridge
Roger
Paul Coeur
Larry
Larry Gilman
Whitby Bevil Snr
Charles Hyatt
Coolidge
Winston Stona
Joy Bannock
Bertina Macauley
Momma Coffie
Pauline Stone Myrie
Winston
Kristoffer Cooper
Kroychzech
Jay Brazeau
Shindler
Campbell Lane
Gremmer
Jack Goth
Swiss captain
David Lovgren
Registration official
Bill Dow
German official
Matthew Walker
British official
Christopher Gaze

Director
Jon Turteltaub