Cool Runnings (1993)

 Rated R for some pretty light swearing.

Feel the rhythm of the 16th edition of Scoring At The Movies as we travel to Calgary and Jamaica, mon, to laugh at the 1988 Winter Olympics. Okay, we didn’t laugh at the Olympics themselves, just like we didn’t really laugh while watching Cool Runnings. Disney’s sports flicks always have a heart, but they sure are duds if you pine for consistent frivolity. It’s great to see John Candy in one of his last films though (what a treasure we lost when he died in 1994) and the 4 bobsleddin’ stars do solid enough work in this heavily adapted real-life story.

For The Record: Canada won 2 silver and 3 bronze medals at the 1988 Winter Olympics. Also, Canada won the 3rd-most medals in 2010 (not the most medals overall), but did win the most gold (4 more than Germany, brag). Also also, the Georgian who died at the 2010 Games was a luger, not a bobsledder.


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1993 U.S. Box Office

AFI’s Top 100 Lists

1993 in film

Links to: Planes, Trains & Automobiles and Only The Lonely and The Mighty Ducks and Angels In The Outfield

YouTube links: Irv doesn’t want to be a coach and Sanka doesn’t like chilly Calgary and Irv fights for his guys and the crash and they finish the race on foot and everybody hugs it out

Previously on Scoring At The Movies: Rocky IV

January 27th on Scoring At The Movies: The Longest Yard