Cool Runnings

Synopsis: Irving Blitzer disgraced himself when putting extra weights into his team's bob in the Olympics, resulting in his gold medal being taken away from him. Years later, Derice Bannock, son of a former friend of Irv, fails to qualify for the 100-yard sprint for the Olympics due to a stupid accident. But when he hears of Irving Blitzer living also on Jamaica, Derice decides to go to the Games anyway, if not as a sprinter, then as a bobsledder. After some starting problems, the first Jamaican bobsledding team is formed and heads for Calgary. In the freezing weather Derice, Sanka, Junior and Yul are only laughed at, since nobody can take a Jamaican bobsledding team led by a disgraced trainer seriously. But team spirit and a healthy self-confidence may lead to a few surprises in the upcoming Winter Games.
Director(s): Jon Turteltaub
Production: Disney
  2 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min

Ah, if I give the love

you know you won't forget

Girl, if I give the love

you know you won't forget

If I give the love

you know you won't forget

Girl, if I give the love

you know you won't forget

Come on to me, baby

And take my blues away

What I need to see now

Is brighter days

I want to take away

my dark skies

Take away my tears

Take away my sufferin'

People feel for

all these years

Ah, if I give the love

you know you won't forget

Girl, if I give the love

you know you won't forget

If I give the love

you know you won't forget

Girl, if I give the love

you know you won't forget

Let this love light shine

Let it in your soul

Steady on forever

It's time to take control

- On your mark, get set, run!

- We don't need no darkness

We don't need no fear

We don't need no sadness

All we need is care

Don't get upset

if you ain't got nobody

Don't get upset

if you have no fun

- Don't get angry

- Don't get upset

- When you wake up in the mornin'

- Hey, Derice, where you runnin', man?

- 'Cause it's a new day

- West.

- Mornin'. How are you?

Life's just begun

Ooh, yeah

Give thanks and praises

- Hey there.

- Derice!

- Yeah, man!

- Love is coming your way

Don't get upset

if you ain't got nobody

Don't get upset

if you have no fun

- Don't get angry

- Don't get upset

When you wake up

in the mornin'

'Cause it's a new day

Life's just begun

Ooh, yeah

Give thanks and praises

- Morning.

- Faster, Bannock, faster!

Come on, child, you have

an Olympics to get to.

Handsome as a lion, that one.

I could watch that backside

all day.

Come on!

- Go! Come on!

- Ah, if I give the love

you know you won't forget

Girl, if I give the love

you know you won't forget

Take away my sadness

Take away my tears

Hey, Sanka.

This steering wheel

is finished.

All right, team, let's get ready

for the pre-race cheer. Ready?

- Yes, sir!

- Ready?

- Yes, sir!

All right,

one, two, three, toot!

Who's the captain

of our crew?

Who's a friend to me and you?

Kind of nice, good-looking too.

Sanka! Sanka! Yea, Sanka!

Get back to work!

Who's the big hot bag of air

who doesn't have to comb his hair...

who doesn't bathe

and doesn't care?

- Sanka! Sanka! Sanka!

- Yea, Sanka! Hey!

What's happenin', star?

Where you been, man?

You almost missed my all-time world

seventh derby in a row.

Easy, Rasta. I'm not going to forget

my best friend on this day of days.

Derice, my grandfather says

you're definitely going to

make it to the Olympics.

He says you're even faster

than your father.

- Yeah, man, do it forJamaica!

- Hey, you know what my grandfather says?

- What?

- Get back to work!

- Booie, booie!

- What are you talkin' about?

Good luck, man. I'll see you

at the finish line, all right?

- Hi, Momma Coffie.

- Hi, Derice.

- Derice, is Sanka ready?

- Who knows?

Ready. That boy's never ready.

He's a lazy, crazy, sorry,

no-good bag of bones.

So what you laughing at?

All pushcarts

to the start position!

- Ready, little man?

- Ready, big man.

Kiss the lucky egg.

Let's go!

- On your marks...

- Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme!

Get on up!

It's pushcart time!

and go!

Here we go, Winston!

The Rockett has been launched!

Hey, fruitcake!

Where'd you get that cart?

Clear out!

Come on, move out! Look out!

Sanka Coffie,

pushcart champion!

- Pushcart champion!

- Get away! Get away!

Hey, grandma, out of my way!

Hey, Sunday driver, make room

for the Rasta Rockett! Make room!

- Sanka, four more carts left!

- Pee Wee, move! Move out!

I loveJamaica,

and Jamaica loves me!

Champion! Champion!

You can't mess with the best!

- Move over! Move over!

- Get away! Get off me!

- Go, Sanka!

- Get him! Get him!

One more cart left!

Go! Go! Go! Go!

Yes! We win!

Jump, Winston, jump!


Move it, man!

Move, move, move!

Sanka, you dead?

Yeah, man.

And where do you think

you're going?

You caught me.

- You have papers to grade.

- I'm just getting in one last run.

I can't believe the trials

are finally here.

- You nervous?

- I'm not nervous.

I'm ready. I've been ready

for this day my whole life.

I don't care how fast they run,

I'm going to run faster.

I don't care how much

they want it, I want it more.

I'm going to the Olympics, baby.

I feel it.

I'm going to win the gold.

Derice, are you nervous?

I'm terrified.

It's my turn, Joy!

It's my turn!

Ladies and gentlemen,

welcome to the final event...

of today's Olympic tryouts.

We have now come to the

main event of our games...

the running

of the 100-meter finals.

We've had a most

successful afternoon...

and I'd like to congratulate

all the athletes...

who have participated

in today's events.

- You sure no one can beat him?

- Oh, sure, I'm sure.

I'm just a little concerned

about that big baldy.

Let me first congratulate our athletes

on a splendid performance...

and let me remind them that

only the top four finishers...

will earn the right to represent

Jamaica in the forthcoming

summer games in Seoul, Korea.

Wait. Y-You're Derice Bannock,


- That's me.

- Oh. I hope I make the team.

- It would be a real honor to

run with you. Good luck to you.

- Good luck to you.

Derice Bannock.

Hey, good luck to you too.

Runners, take your marks.

Get set.!

Mr. Coolidge, please,

you have to run the race over!

I'm sorry, Derice.

Nothing can be done.

But I was born to compete

in the Olympics!

Then you're going to have to work

on your boxing or your cycling.

Those are the only other two sports

in which Jamaica competes.

I am not a boxer,

I am a runner.

And it wasn't fair.

It rarely is, my boy.

It rarely is.

Well, Papa, what do I do now?

Look, Derice, let it go, eh?

Let it go.

You'll have another chance

in four years.


Mr. Coolidge...

who is the other man in

the picture with my father?

Irving Blitzer. He's an

American who lives here.

- Unless, of course, he's

been arrested or shot.

- Excuse me?

Well, he's a bookie now.

Takes his bets in a small

pool hall just past Sandy Bay.

- Isn't that a gold medal

around his neck?

- Oh, yeah.

That lunatic was an Olympic

bobsledder who tried to get

your father to switch sports.

He had some theory about using

track sprinters to push the bobsleds.

Some ridiculous

thing like that.

Can you imagine

a Jamaican bobsledder?

And you're sure this man,

he lives on the island?

- Oh, yes.

- Mr. Coolidge, thanks a lot.

- Good, Derice.

- Oh, could I borrow this picture?

- Bring it back!

- Yes, sir. Thanks a lot, Mr. Coolidge.

- Oh, just one more thing.

- Mmm?

What's a bobsled?

That's a bobsled.

Oh. So a bobsled is

a pushcart with no wheels.

- That's what it looks like here.

- Let me see that.

All right. "The key elements

for a successful sled team...

are a steady driver

and three strong runners

to push off down the ice."

Ice? Ice?


it's kind of a

winter sport, you know.

- You mean winter, as in ice?

- Maybe.

You mean winter, as in igloos

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