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Fans celebrate Calgary's Winter Olympic legacy with "Cool Runnings" anniversary
Published Sunday, February 3, 2013 3:46PM MST
Last Updated Sunday, February 3, 2013 5:59PM MST
“Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Get on up, it’s bobsled time!” It’s been 20 years since we’ve heard that boisterous cheer from the 1993 family movie “Cool Runnings”.
The movie was filmed in Calgary and celebrates the city’s very successful 1988 Winter Olympics. The film starred the late John Candy, and is loosely based on the true story of the Jamaican national bobsled team’s debut at the Calgary Olympics.
To commemorate the movie’s20th Anniversary, the Reel Fun Film Festival held a special screening, complete with some of the stars of the film, on 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 movie. Local film crew who worked on the movie also shared their memories.
According to organizers of the Reel Fun Film Festival:
“Showcasing Calgary in all of its ‘winter glory’ is evident throughout the film and it still is a wonderful canvas to promote film making in Alberta. 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 say they’ve been approached by filmmakers who want to make a documentary about the whole event.