Murderball

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More than merely a sports documentary or an inspirational profile of triumph over adversity, Murderball offers a refreshing and progressive attitude toward disability while telling unforgettable stories about uniquely admirable people. It’s ostensibly a film about quadriplegic rugby (or “Murderball,” as it was formerly known), in which players with at least some loss of physical function in all four limbs navigate modified wheelchairs in a hardcore, full-contact sport that takes them all the way to the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece, in 2004.

But as we get to know paralyzed or amputee players on Team USA like Andy Cohn, Scott Hogsett, Bob Lujano and charismatic team spokesman Mark Zupan, we come to understand that quad rugby is a saving grace for these determined competitors, who battle Team Canada coach (and former Team USA superstar) Joe Soares en route to the climactic contest in Athens. Simply put, Murderball is the best film to date about living with a severe disability, but codirectors Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro avoid the sappy, inspirational sentiment that hampers nearly all mainstream films involving disability.

By the time this blazing 85-minute film reaches its emotional conclusion, the issue of disability is almost irrelevant; these guys are as normal as anyone, and their life stories led to Murderball becoming the most critically acclaimed documentary…

Murderball , 8.5 out of 10 based on 12 ratings

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  • Jerald Brewer

    Having come close to ending up like Zupan (in a skiing accident) maybe I am a bit biased toward this fascinating movie which is part sports movie, inspirational movie, revenge movie & ANIMAL HOUSE rolled into one.
    Zupan had every to be disgusted that this doc lost its Oscar to “That f**king penguin movie”.

    • Davy

      “Zupan had every to be disgusted that this doc lost its Oscar to That f**king penguin movie”.

      I’m disgusted at the bullshit name of Muderball. Hyperbole for what is wheelchair rugby.

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    • Graham

      I immediately understood HJK’s post, and thought it entirely valid.I also understood why you posted your comment: it was a front to get a link to your tawdry website. Don’t you realise such tactics are counter productive? It’s obvious that legitimate companies do resort to such pathetic tactics, and if your service had any merit such tactics wouldn’t be needed.

  • HJK

    Murderball = advertising, PR bullshit description.

    Wheelchair rugby = truthful description.

    • http://twitter.com/Historyslover PhxRetro Woman

       Um, genius.  It was called Murderball long before it was called Wheelchair rugby.  Get over it.  These guys used some of the profits for athletes to buy other quads sports chairs, they have opened people’s eyes to the Paralympics and people with disabilities.  So what if it’s PR, PR brings awareness. 

  • HJK

    Murderball = advertising, PR bullshit description.

    Wheelchair rugby = truthful description.

  • Gabriel

    Murderball? Isn’t murder in the United states illegal?

  • Gabriel

    Murderball? Isn’t murder in the United states illegal?

    • Graham

      Muderball is simply PR hype for rugby played in a wheelchair.

    • Graham

      Muderball is simply PR hype for rugby played in a wheelchair.

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  • Anonymous

    I’m getting that this is not available in my region and I have no idea why. Very dissapointing

  • Just Saying

    This link does not play in the US.

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    Great Doc.

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