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13th May '16 12:11:02 PM Gitman
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-->'''Junior:''' You go and get your palace, Yul Brenner.
6th Apr '16 2:52:44 PM NateTheGreat
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* InsultOfEndearment: Yosef Grul's use of "Jamaica" for Derice evolves from dismissal to respect over the course of the movie.
22nd Mar '16 3:55:01 PM JokerMash961
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[[TheHero Derice]] is a sprinter and wants to compete in the 1988 UsefulNotes/OlympicGames in athletics. However, his competitor, Junior, trips and brings him down along with Yul Brenner (no, not [[Creator/YulBrynner that one]]) during the qualifying sprint race. The officials refuse to rerun the race, dashing the hopes of Derice and other competitors. The only chance he has to go to the Olympics is to compete in the ''Winter'' Olympics in bobsledding.

Derice first convinces his friend Sanka to join him, then he finds Irving Blitzer, a former bobsledder himself, who reluctantly agrees to coach him and his team. Coach does try to get out of it by showing a film of nothing but sled crashes to a crowd of people trying out, but in the end, all this does is bring Junior and Yul to the team. The rest of the film is about working to overcome their lack of experience, the opposition of the Olympic Committee, the jeering and disbelief of the other teams, the internal struggles within the team, and the cold weather of Canada.

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[[TheHero Derice]] Derice Bannock]] is a sprinter and wants to compete in the 1988 UsefulNotes/OlympicGames in athletics.athletics, hoping to live up to the legacy of his gold-winning father Ben. However, his competitor, Junior, trips and brings him down along with Yul Brenner (no, not [[Creator/YulBrynner that one]]) during the qualifying sprint race. The officials refuse to rerun the race, dashing the hopes of Derice and other competitors. The only chance he has to go to the Olympics is to compete in the ''Winter'' Olympics in bobsledding.

Derice first convinces his friend Sanka to join him, then he finds [[Creator/JohnCandy Irving Blitzer, Blitzer]], a surly former bobsledder himself, himself and old friend of his father, who reluctantly agrees to coach him and his team. Coach does try Irv tries to get out of it by showing a film reel of nothing but sled crashes to a crowd of people trying out, potential teammates, but in the end, all this does is bring Junior and Yul to the team. The rest of the film is about working to overcome their lack of experience, the opposition of the Olympic Committee, [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer the jeering and disbelief of the other teams, teams,]] the internal struggles within the team, and the cold weather of Canada.



* TheAtoner: Irv, who was disgraced after cheating at bobsledding, which ended his career. He seeks to redeem himself with Derice's team.

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* TheAtoner: Irv, who was disgraced after cheating at bobsledding, bobsledding in the 1972 games, which ended his career. He seeks to redeem himself with Derice's team.



* ChampionsOnTheInside: [[spoiler:They lost, but they proved they can compete in the Winter Olympics.]]

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* ChampionsOnTheInside: [[spoiler:They lost, but they proved they can compete in the Winter Olympics.Olympics and earned the respect of their global peers.]]



** Junior gets more self-confident.

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** Junior gets more self-confident.self-confident and stands up to his father.



* MyBelovedSmother: A RareMaleExample in Junior's wealthy father, who stubbornly wants his son to devote his career to lucrative businesses far away from athletic sports.



* {{Undercrank}}: Used for comedic effect.
* UnderdogsNeverLose: Averted. They transcended the need to win. (And a pretty unique way of being underdogs, too.)

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* {{Undercrank}}: Used for comedic effect.
effect during the team's arrival sequence at Calgary.
* UnderdogsNeverLose: Averted. They transcended the need ''need'' to win. (And a pretty unique way of being underdogs, too.)



** Outside of the crash footage at the climax of the film and the fact that Jamaica had an Olympic bobsled team that year, just about everything else -- ''including the names of the actual participants'' -- was a fictionalized creation.

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** Outside of the crash footage at the climax of the film and the fact that Jamaica had an Olympic bobsled team that year, just about everything else -- ''including else—''including the names of the actual participants'' -- was participants''—was a fictionalized creation.



* WorthyOpponent: Grool finally recognizes the Jamaicans, and especially Derice, as this.

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* WorthyOpponent: Josef Grool finally recognizes the Jamaicans, and especially Derice, as this.
3rd Feb '16 7:50:13 PM Gitman
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[[TheHero Derice]] is a sprinter and wants to compete in the 1988 UsefulNotes/OlympicGames in athletics. However, his competitor, Junior, trips and brings him down along with Yul Brenner (no, not [[Film/TheKingAndI that]] [[Film/TheTenCommandments one]]) during the qualifying sprint race. The officials refuse to rerun the race, dashing the hopes of Derice and other competitors. The only chance he has to go to the Olympics is to compete in the ''Winter'' Olympics in bobsledding.

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[[TheHero Derice]] is a sprinter and wants to compete in the 1988 UsefulNotes/OlympicGames in athletics. However, his competitor, Junior, trips and brings him down along with Yul Brenner (no, not [[Film/TheKingAndI that]] [[Film/TheTenCommandments [[Creator/YulBrynner that one]]) during the qualifying sprint race. The officials refuse to rerun the race, dashing the hopes of Derice and other competitors. The only chance he has to go to the Olympics is to compete in the ''Winter'' Olympics in bobsledding.
27th Dec '15 1:25:12 AM Mikeyfan93
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* PatrioticFervor: Pride in Jamaican heritage is a consistent them throughout the movie, including in the movie’s RousingSpeech and culminating in the following quote:

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* PatrioticFervor: Pride in Jamaican heritage is a consistent them theme throughout the movie, including in the movie’s RousingSpeech and culminating in the following quote:
18th Nov '15 8:52:08 AM MrDeath
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* TheAce: The largely unseen Swiss team.
* TheAllegedCar: The bobsled.

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* TheAce: The largely unseen Swiss team.
team. Derice idolizes them and tries to model himself after them because they're some of the best athletes in the world.
* TheAllegedCar: TheAllegedCar:
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The bobsled.bobsled, a rickety old sled that cleans up nicely, but initially looks like crap.



* ArcWords: "You dead?"
* TheAtoner: Irv

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* ArcWords: "You dead?"
* TheAtoner: IrvIrv, who was disgraced after cheating at bobsledding, which ended his career. He seeks to redeem himself with Derice's team.



* BarBrawl set in a famous cowboy bar.

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* BarBrawl set BarBrawl: Yul, Junior and Sanka start one with the East German team in a famous cowboy bar.bar after they insult Junior.


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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: When they get out into the cold in Calgary, Derice reacts to Sanka's breath fogging in the air by asking what he's smoking.
17th Nov '15 4:30:03 PM DesertDragon
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* SureLetsGoWithThat: The real life Jamaican bobsled team admitted that their crash was human error, and jokingly approved of the movie's version where it was a faulty sled.

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* SureLetsGoWithThat: The real life Jamaican bobsled team admitted that their crash was human error, error and that they lost fair and square; they jokingly approved of the movie's version where it was a faulty sled.
8th Nov '15 4:14:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* FiveManBand
** Derice as TheHero
** Sanka as TheLancer also doubling as the KidAppealCharacter
** Yul as TheBigGuy
** Junior as TheSmartGuy
** Irv as TheMentor
6th Oct '15 4:03:16 AM StarTropes
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* IAmXSonOfY: "My name is Derice Bannock. I'm Ben Bannock's son."
26th Sep '15 3:47:23 PM nombretomado
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[[TheHero Derice]] is a sprinter and wants to compete in the 1988 OlympicGames in athletics. However, his competitor, Junior, trips and brings him down along with Yul Brenner (no, not [[Film/TheKingAndI that]] [[Film/TheTenCommandments one]]) during the qualifying sprint race. The officials refuse to rerun the race, dashing the hopes of Derice and other competitors. The only chance he has to go to the Olympics is to compete in the ''Winter'' Olympics in bobsledding.

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[[TheHero Derice]] is a sprinter and wants to compete in the 1988 OlympicGames UsefulNotes/OlympicGames in athletics. However, his competitor, Junior, trips and brings him down along with Yul Brenner (no, not [[Film/TheKingAndI that]] [[Film/TheTenCommandments one]]) during the qualifying sprint race. The officials refuse to rerun the race, dashing the hopes of Derice and other competitors. The only chance he has to go to the Olympics is to compete in the ''Winter'' Olympics in bobsledding.
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