Wednesday, 6 February 2013

SCREEN CLASSIC: 20th anniversary of Cool Runnings celebrated at Canadian film festival

DREAM TEAM: The beloved film's main cast are fire on ice.

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the supercool 1993 family movie Cool Runnings, loosely based on the true story of the Jamaican national bobsled team’s debut at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics in Canada, the Reel Fun Film Festival held a special screening, complete with some of the stars of the film, this past Sunday at the Plaza Theatre in Kensington. 

Actors and athletes who appeared in the film held a question-and-answer session with audiences after the screening. Members of the film crew who worked on the movie also shared their fond memories. The movie, which featured the rousing cheer, “Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Get on up, it’s bobsled time!”, was filmed in Calgary and celebrates the city’s very successful 1988 Winter Olympics. The film starred the late John Candy, Charles Hyatt, Leon and Malik Yoba. 

“Showcasing Calgary in all of its ‘winter glory’ is evident throughout the film, and it still is a wonderful canvas to promote filmmaking in Alberta,” organizers of the festival noted. “This film has endured years of popularity with families and those children who watched it 20 years ago and now sharing this film with their own families.” Organizers also say they’ve been approached by filmmakers who want to make a documentary about the whole event.

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