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Murderball (2005)

Paraplegics, who play full-contact rugby in wheelchairs, overcome unimaginable obstacles to compete in the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece.

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Quad rugby as played by the US team, between 2002 games in Sweden and the 2004 Paralympics in Athens. Young men, most with spinal injuries, play this rough and tumble sport in special chairs, seated gladiators. We get to know several and their families. They talk frankly about their injuries, feelings in public, sex lives, competitiveness, and love of the game. There's also an angry former team member gone north to coach the Canadian team, tough on everyone, including his viola-playing son. We meet a recently injured man, in rehab, at times close to despair, finding possible joy in quad rugby. After Athens, the team meets young men injured in war: the future stars of Team USA. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Dream. Believe. Achieve.

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Rated R for language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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5 August 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gyilkos labda - A kerekesszék harcosai  »

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Budget:

$1,750,211 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$57,286 (USA) (8 July 2005)

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$1,523,883 (USA) (30 September 2005)
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Christopher Igoe originally refused to appear in the movie. After more than a year of filming he was persuaded by the need to put his side of the story, rather than have it "mis-told" by others. See more »

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Andy Cohn: When people in the community see you in a chair they kinda treat you like you're made of glass or that you're fragile; things like that. But, in wheelchair rugby, it's kinda like high speed bumper cars.
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References Mad Max (1979) See more »

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Thieves
Written by Al Jourgensen, Paul Barker, Kevin 'ohGr' Ogilvie (as Kevin Olgilvie) and Chris Connelly (as Christopher Connelly)
Performed by Ministry
Published by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI) o/b/o itself and Spurburn Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Sire Records
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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Murderball Rocks ... and Rolls!
3 September 2005 | by (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

Great movie, and all involved deserve all the awards that I know are coming your way!

As an ex-murderball player of 18 years, I got to see, first hand, how this sport developed and grew internationally, along with those who play, in this huge adrenaline rush of a sport!

This movie provided me with flashbacks to how much I enjoyed playing "murderball" when I first started playing back in 1980 back when we used 55-pound hospital-style wheelchairs and steel-toed work boots to protect our feet!

This sport not only has an awesome set of athletes, but the friends and camaraderie that all develop by playing this true contact sport makes it all worthwhile. It also makes them realize that they all have the potential to go beyond their everyday abilities.

Greets to all you court rats out there and don't let anyone push you, push your freakin' chair and hit 'em if they get in your way... :)

Brian


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