[7] Yoba later told Entertainment Weekly that he wrote the Jamaican bobsled song for his audition. The movie is mainly composed of fictional characters. It's the Olympics here, it's no stupid push-cart derby. After attending the Olympics opening ceremony, the team receives a visit from Junior's father, Mr. Bevil, who wants to bring Junior back home, but Junior stands his ground that he must forge his own path in life, earning Yul's respect. Frustrated, Blitzer butts in on the committee meeting and confronts his former coach from the 1972 Olympic Winter Games, Kurt Hemphill, now a primary judge of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games. They only decided to compete in the four-man event after having already completed the two-man event in Calgary. But what happened to its cast? Get a daily dose of showbiz gossip straight to your inbox with our free email newsletter. Derice is particularly inspired by the Swiss team's technique and watches their practice runs. However, John Candy personally insisted on portraying the coach and agreed to take a pay cut to do the movie. No need to register, buy now! [1][3][4] It wasn't funny enough, the key elements were lacking, and it just wasn't working. Unaccompanied children of any age may watch, but parents are advised to consider whether the content may upset younger, or more sensitive, children. A PG film should not unsettle a child aged around eight or older. Actual temperatures in Calgary during the Games were well above normal, including some daytime highs above 16 °C (61 °F).[28]. Jan 29, 2018 - It's been 19 years since Derice, Sanka, Yul and Junior's memorable ride in Calgary. Sadly the Canadian passed away at the age of 43 in 1994 after suffering a heart attack. In November 1987, Jamaican sprinter Derice Bannock, a top 100m runner and popular town figure, trains one morning with locals for the upcoming Olympic Trial for the 1988 Summer Olympics, which has been a long-time dream of his. The iconic Disney movie, told the story of four Jamaican bobsledders, who teamed with a disgraced former champion to compete in the Winter Olympics. In November 1987, Jamaican sprinter Derice Bannock, a top 100m runner and popular town figure, trains one morning with locals for the upcoming Olympic Trial for the 1988 Summer Olympics, which has been a long-time dream of his. The members of the team in the film are fictional characters, although the people who conceived the idea of a Jamaican bobsled team were inspired by pushcart racers and tried to recruit top track sprinters. A soundtrack album with 11 tracks was released by Sony in 1993 on compact disc (Columbia Chaos OK 57553). Asking Coolidge who the other man in the picture is, he learns that he is Irv Blitzer, an old Olympian friend of Ben who had a plan to recruit sprinters to create a Jamaican bobsled team years ago, and was a two-time American bobsled Gold Medalist at the 1968 Winter Olympics. Sanka identifies the problem as Derice trying to copy the Swiss team and convinces him that the best they can do is "bobsled Jamaican". That night at their hotel, the team gets a phone call informing them that the committee has reversed its decision and allows the Jamaicans to compete once again. Derice Bannock is due to qualify for Jamaica's track team but due to an accident his hopes are dashed. I knew about the actual event it's based on, the Jamaican bobsled team that went to the '88 Olympics, and even though it's based pretty loosely I thought it made a great yarn. A fictional all-encompassing winter sports governing body, the "International Alliance of Winter Sports", appears in the film. "[10] Lewis was officially hired in November 1992. A brief epilogue states the team returned to Jamaica as heroes, and upon their return to the Winter Olympics four years later, they were treated as equals. During the race, Sanka smart-talks past the others and wins, but is then pushed off the track by a nearby racer and crashes. At the hotel room, Derice and Blitzer reprimand Sanka, Yul, and Junior for their behavior, and Blitzer reminds Sanka, Yul, and Junior what is at stake for the team if they do not start listening to him and Derice. 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