Part of Winter Classics
The improbable but true story of Jamaica’s first bobsled team — comprising a helicopter pilot, a reggae singer, and a sprinter — which took part in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. When a Jamaican sprinter is disqualified from the Olympic Games, he enlists the help of a dishonored coach and former champion (John Candy) to start the first Jamaican bobsled team. The Jamaicans set out to become worthy of Olympic selection, and go all out for glory. This charming underdog tale is full of laughs and features great performances from the athletes, and of course, the great John Candy.
“Funds? They don't have any. Support? They don't have any. Ice? They don't have any, except in the refrigerator. Training facilities? They don't have any, making do with a pushcart, dirt roads and sandy beaches. But character? They have plenty.” —Richard Harrington, Washington Post (Oct 1, 1993) “It's the kind of movie you may approach with a show-me attitude, only to be won over to its hip sense of fun and a gentle humanity that lets you walk away with a glow.” —Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle (Oct 1, 1993)