Murderball 2005

Murderball

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An entertaining and gripping documentary that shows being confined to a wheelchair doesn't mean the fun has to end.

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This documentary introduces the U.S. quad rugby team -- a team composed entirely of young paraplegic men. Using special wheelchairs and very little protection, the players play full-contact competitive rugby, using rules only slightly altered to accommodate their limitations. The film follows the team as they discuss the sport, their lives, and how they ended up in their chairs to begin with, while they play their way to the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Cast & Crew

Randy Manis
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Jeff Sackman
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Mark Urman
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Henry Alex Rubin
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Conor O'Neill
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Geoffrey Richman
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Critic Reviews for Murderball

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Audience Reviews for Murderball

  • Jul 22, 2014
    The U.S. and Canadian teams of quadriplegics compete in a rugby-like game called murderball in the paraolympics. The first impression of some of these people is not positive, but nonetheless interesting: they come off as testosterone-fueled assholes, but they're in wheelchairs, so all expectations of this being a feel-good Lifetime after-school special are shot to the moon the first time an paraolympian tells a story about threatening to kick the ass of a random bar patron. But as the film goes on, we get underneath the veneers of these players. There are a few vulnerabilities, but what they want more than your pity is your respect, your fear, and your recognition that their injuries do not threaten their masculinity. The film tries to fashion a sports story out of its subject, but it doesn't work. There isn't a lot of suspense in the games' outcomes. Overall, documentaries often open worlds that we never imagined existed, and what is true of those documentaries is doubly true of Murderball.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Jan 27, 2012
    Loved the film. The truly moving story about how an activity can allow individuals to transcend a disability and become larger than life. The impact as symbols that these athletes have on others is profound.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • May 12, 2011
    This is a very interesting and memorable documentary blending sports, humanity, and living with being handicapped. These guys may be in wheelchairs, but they take they are badass, and take their brand of rugby, or rather, wheelchair rugby, very seriously. In fact, the film's title comes from the sport's nickname- that's how hardcore these guys are. They're not totally jerk jocks, though. These guys are also family men who just try to continue living life as normally as possible given the circumstances, and this film is just a nice little look into their lives as well as their sport. Good stuff all around. I highly recommend it.
    Chris W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 15, 2009
    I really enjoyed this film as it allowed me to learn more about quadriplegics and their situation and how they feel about the constant prejudice and discrimination. It was funny, informative and entertaining. An inspirational film.
    Sophie B Super Reviewer

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