Cool Runnings

Cool Runnings (1993)

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Corrected entry: In the scene where the Jamaicans are watching the bobsled team in action, we can see the blackboard monitoring the countries times. Russia is one of the countries, however in 1988 Russia was not formed and was known as the USSR.

Correction: At the time the terms USSR, Soviet Union, and Russia were commonly used interchangably, so it is possible and entirely plausible that the listing of USSR is as Russia.

Corrected entry: The viewer can see the materials used to paint the bobsled (stencil, paint, brushes, etc.), but who did they find to pound out all the dents and smooth out the bumps in the body?

Matty Blast

Correction: They either did it themselves or paid someone to do it. Just because it doesn't show this happening in the movie doesn't mean the sled miraculously reshaped itself.


Corrected entry: In the movie Cool Runnings after they are in Calgary and John Candy is try to get the team registered in the Olympics while he is in the Olympic building you can see a man holding back the crowd. The man is wearing a grey suit with orange stripes - a few seconds after he is holding back the crowd you can see him walking up the steps.

Correction: So once the crowd began to be under control, he left to pursue other duties. Not so unusual, and not necessarily a mistake.

Corrected entry: When the team is practicing on the mountain, they crash and Sanka flips over the bobsled. A few scenes later the same crash is seen but from a side angle.


Correction: It is a very common technique in movies to show action, such as this accident, from different angles. It doesn't make it a mistake.

Corrected entry: At several points you can see a team called "England" on the scoreboard in Jamaica. England does not compete in the Olympics or Winter Olympics as an individual nation, but as part of "Great Britain" including Scotland, Wales and N. Ireland.

David Mercier

Correction: That scoreboard was drawn and being 'supervised' by a load of very young kids from Jamaica. It is their mistake if they don't know the difference between England and Great Britain, not the movie's.

Corrected entry: When the team go to Calgary on the plane, The plane taking off in Jamaica is an American Airlines Airbus A300 but when they land in Calgary, the plane landing is a McDonnell Douglas MD80.

Correction: It's very common to have a couple of stops in the States, or switch planes between Calgary and Jamaica.


Corrected entry: When they are in the motel in Calgary and when Ule Brenner answers the door in the back ground you can see that the little short guy (I can't think of his name) has a hat on. Then it goes to the person at the door ,then back to Ule with no hat on, then back to the door, then back to Ule with a hat on. It goes back to the door then Ule turns around and it shows him putting the hat on.

Correction: During the whole scene he's trying to decide how to wear the hat, hence it being off his head in one shot and on in the next. There's one continuous shot where it shows him wearing the hat with the peak forwards, then he takes the hat off and puts it back on with the peak backwards.


Factual error: John Candy is at the top of the Calgary Tower having lunch. In the background you see a building called Bankers Hall which is slightly higher than the Calgary tower, that's fine except this was the 1988 Olympics, that building wasn't completed until late 1990.

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Question: Does anyone know a website that tells the full, true story of the Jamaican bobsled team? I liked to get a look at all the differences between the film and what actually happened. I tried to search for it on Google, but all I am coming up with is things about the movie, not the actual event.

Answer: The events depicted in Cool Runnings of the improbable Jamaican bobsled team were actually quite accurate, according to this page

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