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

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Dana Adam Shapiro (based on an article by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Soares Joe Soares ... Self
Robert Soares Robert Soares ... Self
Patti Soares Patti Soares ... Self
Mark Zupan ... Self
Christopher Igoe Christopher Igoe ... Self
Jessica Wampler Jessica Wampler ... Self
Jeff Nickell Jeff Nickell ... Self
Frank Cava Frank Cava ... Self
Keith Cavill ... Self
Joann Cavill Joann Cavill ... Self
Robert Cavill Robert Cavill ... Self
Scott Hogsett ... Self
Bob Lujano Bob Lujano ... Self
Andy Cohn ... Self
John Bishop John Bishop ... Self
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Storyline

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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Reporter: Tell us about Wheelchair Rugby.
Mark Zupan: We had been calling it Murderball, but you can't market Murderball to corporate sponsors.
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Referenced in Murderball (2005) See more »

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Written and Performed by Sam Prekop
Published by The Sea and Cake Suite (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Thrill Jockey Records
By Arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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Outstanding
15 March 2005 | by neil-301See all my reviews

I just got back from the screening at the SXSW festival and I want to enthusiastically add my praise. If you have a chance to see this doc, do it. The creators have done a remarkable job in storytelling and capturing the personality and spirit of the athletes. It is very human, genuinely funny, and emotional ride. The well integrated animations and appropriate soundtrack give a nice polish to this outstanding documentary.

The documentary also has the real potential to do good, because it will help transform viewers perceptions of people in wheelchairs. Just see it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Murderball See more »

Filming Locations:

Alexandria, Virginia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,750,211 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$57,286, 10 July 2005

Gross USA:

$1,531,154

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,751,895
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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