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
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 »
I had the good fortune to see Murderball at the 2005 Roger Ebert Overlooked Film Festival. It is quite possibly the greatest sports movie ever made, but it goes way beyond that. This documentary about Quadrapelic Soccer and the people who play the game works on so many levels. It's about friends, enemies, family and coping with and surviving personal tragedy.
The movie will make you laugh one minute and cry the next. It is having its official release in July of 2005. Whatever you do in your life, DON'T MISS THIS FILM. It will change you forever. This movie is incredible.
I will predict right now that MURDERBALL will be nominated for an Oscar in the Documentary category and I can't imagine it losing.
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