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The Rugby Player (2013)

TV-14 | | Documentary | 2013 (USA)
THE RUGBY PLAYER is an uplifting and stereotype-shattering documentary that tells the story of a mother, a son, and what it takes to be a hero. The film explores the lives of Mark Bingham, ... See full summary »

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Scott Gracheff
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2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Mark Bingham Mark Bingham ... Himself (archive footage)
Alice Hoglan Alice Hoglan ... Herself (as Alice Hoagland)
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THE RUGBY PLAYER is an uplifting and stereotype-shattering documentary that tells the story of a mother, a son, and what it takes to be a hero. The film explores the lives of Mark Bingham, one of the passengers of United Flight 93 on 9/11, and his mother, Alice Hoagland, a former United Airlines flight attendant. THE RUGBY PLAYER is an intimate portrait of how a son's heroism can inspire a nation, and how a mother's love can turn profound loss into unshakable resolve. Utilizing footage shot by Bingham himself, this timely film provides keen insights for the national debates on LGBT rights, marriage equality and gay athletes in sports. Written by imfreeman6

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The story of a Mother, a Son, and what it takes to be a Hero.

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English

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2013 (USA) See more »

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With You: The Mark Bingham Story See more »

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Resistance on United Flight 93
12 November 2013 | by Red-125See all my reviews

The Rugby Player (2013) is a documentary directed by Scott Gracheff. It stars a remarkable woman--Alice Hoagland, the mother of Mark Bingham, who died on United Flight 93.

Mark Bingham was a large, strong athlete and businessperson, who happened to be gay. He had a wonderful relationship with his mother Alice, who narrates most of the film. Alice is a verbal, intelligent person. She can paint a portrait of her son that makes us feel as if we'd known him.

Gracheff interweaves comments by Alice with interviews with Scott's friends and associates. We also see many videos of Scott, so that we can watch him progress from a shy young man to someone who was outgoing and sociable.

We can certainly believe that he was one of the passengers who apparently fought with the hijackers on the doomed flight, although we'll never know this for certain.

However, we know for certain that Scott was strong, tough, and fearless, and being gay was incidental to any of these qualities. The film is a reminder to judge people by what they say and do, not by their sexual orientation. (We shouldn't need this reminder, but we do.)

We saw this film at Rochester's Dryden Theatre, as part of Image Out--the Rochester LGBT Film Festival. It will work well on the small screen.


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