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Murderball (2005)

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Quadriplegics, who play full-contact rugby in wheelchairs, overcome unimaginable obstacles to compete in the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece.
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Credited cast:
Joe Bishop Joe Bishop ... Himself
Keith Cavill ... Himself
Andy Cohn ... Himself
Scott Hogsett ... Himself
Christopher Igoe Christopher Igoe ... Himself
Bob Lujano Bob Lujano ... Himself
Kevin Orr Kevin Orr ... Himself
Joe Soares Joe Soares ... Himself
Dave Willsie Dave Willsie ... Himself
Mark Zupan ... Himself
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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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Official Sites:

ThinkFilm [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gyilkos labda - A kerekesszék harcosai 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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,523,883, 2 October 2005
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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The voice of Birmingham's NBC 13 anchor Mike Royer can be heard during a local news piece. See more »

Quotes

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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Featured in Larry King Live: Episode dated 3 August 2005 (2005) See more »

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Song for Jerry
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Published by Mrs. Children (BMI)
Courtesy of Anyway Records
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Amazing, uplifting documentary
14 June 2005 | by se7en187See all my reviews

I saw this documentary at the Waterfront Film Festival in Saugatuck, Michigan. It's a terrific film about quadriplegic athletes and their experience in quad rugby, aka Murderball. Directed by Henry- Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro, it was a lot of fun.

Yes, the games are intense, a lot of fun, and shows their courage, but the film isn't just about the tournament, it follows some of the individuals and their stories. Mark Zupan tells the tale of how he became paralyzed and it results in some touching moments throughout the film involving him and his friend. The film also follows Joe Soares, one of the best of the sport, he was cut from the USA team so he heads to Canada to be head coach. It's amazing to see his dedication to both the game and his family.

My personal favorite moment in the film involves one recent quadriplegic who struggles to adapt to his new style of life. It's difficult to watch some of these scenes, but with the dramatic scenes are some very uplifting moments.

This is a great film, I loved they way it was told. I cared for the people, I was really into the games, and they are great to watch. Check this movie out if you can, it's very inspiring.


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