Words: Saam Das
'Cool Runnings' (1993)
Director: Jon Turtletaub
Cast: John Candy, Leon Robinson, Doug E Doug, Rawle Lewis, Malik Yoba
SYNOPSIS: "Entertaining story - loosely based on true events - of four Jamaican bobsleighers who dream of competing in the Winter Olympics, despite never having seen snow." (bbc.co.uk)
I was surprised to discover that 'Cool Runnings' "only" had a rating of 6.6/10 on IMDB, a fairly respectable score but not one which corresponds to the sense of joyous entertainment that pretty much everyone I know has attained from watching the film. Indeed, I'm not going to bother even discussing the film, other than to point out footage from the real life bobsled crash is on YouTube, some of which was even used in the film itself.
Oh and not to end on too sad a note but 'Cool Runnings' was also one of John Candy's final films. We miss you, buddy.
Watch 'Cool Runnings' until 20:59, Sunday 27 Feb 2011. UK users only.