"Cool Runnings" (1993, Leon Robinson, John Candy) will make you BELIEVE in time for winter Olympics
"Cool Runnings is a 1993 American sports comedy film directed by Jon Turteltaub and starring Leon Robinson, Doug E. Doug, Rawle D. Lewis, Malik Yoba, and John Candy (in his last movie released during his lifetime). It is loosely based on the true story of the Jamaica national bobsleigh team's debut in competition during the 1988 Winter Olympics."
My Words: The Beijing winter Olympics start on Friday. I recommend this film to get yourself in the mood and pumped up for it. This is a "feel-good" story with charming and likable characters such as the four members of the Jamaican team (played by Robinson, Doug, Lewis and Yoba), Bannock's girlfriend, Bevil's father and lots of Jamaican children and townspeople who will all win your heart. John Candy does a good job of playing their tough-talking coach. Loosely based on the true story, as Wikipedia says, this film hits just the right mixture IMO of funny, drama, feel-good and action. You'll have a few laughs, you'll cheer for the good guys, boo the bad guys, thrill at the action and you'll be uplifted when the Jamaican team overcome challenging hardships together. It's PG so there's no bad language or violence or anything like that. Watch it tonight with the fam and you all won't know where the 98 minutes went.
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The members of the 2022 Jamaican bobsled team in Beijing
The Legend Continues
It's been 34 years since the first Jamaican bobsled team in 1988 in Calgary, but I see the legend definitely still lives on. Watching the broadcast streaming on Peacock, I heard one of the announcers say, "Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up, it's bobsled time!" as the Jamaican team started their run. I was glad that I saw "Cool Runnings" a few days before the Winter Olympics began. Otherwise, I would not have understood the references to the movie. Like in the movie, the Jamaican athletes were all smiles and waving and dancing when on camera. Showing their national pride. And like in the movie, they finished last. 28th. Pretty sure that's last. I was very glad that, unlike in the movie, their sled didn't turn on its side, endangering the lives of those inside.