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Murderball (2005)

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

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 17 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Documentary | Sport

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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 USA:

$57,286, 10 July 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,523,883, 2 October 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 »

Quotes

Scott Hogsett: We're not going for a hug. We're going for a fucking gold medal.
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Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #2.34 (2016) See more »

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Light & Day
Written by Tim DeLaughter
Performed by The Polyphonic Spree
Published by Blue Newton Echo Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Hollywood Records
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Clearly one of the best films of the year
23 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

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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