- This piece of dialogue:Sanka: Derice, you dead?
Derice: No, mon. I'm not dead. We have to finish the race.
- Junior's father standing at the finish line with a Jamaica shirt on, beaming from ear to ear.
- The slow clap started by the East German who had been one of the rudest to the Jamaicans and capped off by the very official who had tried to get them disqualified:Josef Grool: "Very good, Jamaica. We'll see you in four years, ja?"
- Junior encouraging Yul to keep pursuing his dreams. This is despite the fact that Yul has treated him like crap from the day they met. It's telling that he starts to warm to him after this.Sanka: Face it, Yul Brenner, you can start calling yourself Madonna, but you're still going to end up in an outhouse shanty like every other dock working nobody.Junior': Says who?Sanka: Says me, rich boy! What do you know about it?Junior: Well, I know my father started off in a one-room hut. Now he lives in one of the biggest homes in Kingston.Sanka: Well, he ain't your father.Junior: He doesn't have to be. All he has to do is know what he wants and work hard for it. And if he wants it bad enough, he'll get it. Look, believe me, Sanka, the more Yul Brenners we got making it in this world, the better off this world will be, especially for Jamaicans.
Yul: Look in the mirror, and tell me what you see!Junior: I see Junior.Yul: You see Junior? Well, let me tell you what I see. I see pride! I see power! I see a bad-ass mother who don't take no crap off of nobody!
- And then later Yul teaches Junior how to find his own strength. Even if it works too well at first.
- It's easy to miss, but the girl that Sanka dances with at the bar is the nicest person to him upon their first meeting during the whole movie. In a later shot during that same scene, they've even swapped hats.
- The conversation between Irv and Derice the night before the final race.Derice: Hey Coach, I hafta ask you a question. But... you don't hafta answer if you don't want to. I mean, I want you to, but if you can't, I understand.Derice: Yes I do.Irv: Thats a fair question. Its quite simple really... I had to win. You see Derice, Id made winning my whole life, and when you make winning your whole life, you have to keep on winning. No matter what. You understand that?Derice: No, I dont understand coach. Ya had two gold medals. Ya had it all.Irv: Derice... A gold medal is a wonderful thing. But if youre not enough without it, youll never be enough with it.Derice: (considers this, troubled) Hey coach... How will I know if I'm enough?Irving: (knowing smile) When you cross that finish line, you'll know.
- What makes this scene is that this is probably the first time someone has ever asked Irving that question without judgment or cynicism. And it's a conversation between two peers, two Olympians, and probably the only two people in the world who can truly understand each other. The student gains clarity in truth, and the master gains peace in honesty.
- And, in the end, after the Jamaicans crash and lose all hope of winning any medals, Derice and his team carry their sled, and cross the finish line. The cheering crowds, the encouragement from rivals, and the wordless exchange and hug between Derice and Irv is proof that, yes, Derice, his team, and Irv are enough without their medals.
- Yul coming to Junior's defense after Grool shoves him over. Junior repays him with some Grievous Bottley Harm. Topping off the Jamaican camaraderie, as soon as Sanka realizes what's going on, he doesn't wait a moment to yippee-ki-yay into the East German team.
- The crowd back home cheering on their hometown boys, particularly this:Announcer: Where did these guys come from?Bar Crowd: JAMAICAAAAA!!!
Heartwarming / Cool Runnings