Irving Blitzer disgraced himself when putting extra weights into his team’s bob in the Olympics, resulting in his gold medal being taken away from him. Years later, Derice Bannock, son to a former friend of Irv, fails to qualify for the 100-yard sprint for the Olympics due to a stupid accident. But when he hears of Irving Blitzer living also on Jamaica, Derice decides to go to the Games anyway. If not as a sprinter, then as a bobsledder. After some starting problems, the first Jamaican bobsledding team is formed and heads for Calgary. In the freezing weather Derice, Sanka, Junior and Yul are only laughed at, since nobody can take a Jamaican bobsledding team led by a disgraced trainer for serious. But team spirit and a healthy self confidence may lead to a few surprises in the upcoming Winter Games. –IMDb
After completing studies at Wesleyan University and a master’s degree from the USC film school, Turteltaub, son of veteran TV writer-producer Saul Turteltaub, gained some experience on the small screen. He worked on several ABC specials and pilots and was involved briefly with the Nickelodeon sitcom, “Salute Your Shorts”. In 1990 Turteltaub made his feature writing and directorial debut, “Think Big”, and followed up with another minor action comedy, “Driving Me Crazy” (1991), which he also co-wrote.
Turteltaub began a successful collaboration with Disney Studios and had a surprisingly popular film on his hands with “3 Ninjas” (1992), a routine but harmless children’s comedy adventure which marked a breakthrough collaboration between the US and South Korea in the production of a film. Action and comedy met once again for Turteltaub in his next film, the sleeper smash “Cool Runnings” (1992). Word of mouth helped sell this feel-good comedy about a Jamaican bobsled team, and the… read more