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Murderball (2005)
IMDb Rating 8.1
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Joe Bishop Himself
Keith Cavill Himself
Andy Cohn Himself
Scott Hogsett Himself
Christopher Igoe Himself
Bob Lujano Himself
Kevin Orr Himself
Joe Soares Himself
Dave Willsie Himself
Mark Zupan Himself
Plot
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 of 2005. --Jeff Shannon
Movie Details
Genre Documentary; Sport
Director Dana Adam Shapiro; Henry Alex Rubin
Producer Dana Adam Shapiro; Jeffrey Mandel
Studio Think Film Company
Country USA
Language English
Audience Rating R
Running Time 86 mins
Movie Release Date 7/22/2005
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It Yes
Index 709
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 12/7/2005
Product Details
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.78:1
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 821575533652
Release Date 11/29/2005
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
MTV Jackass with Zupan
Greatest Hits
Kids Question Period
Keith Getting His Chair
Update On Players
Life According to Zupan
CNN Interview on Larry King Live
Sundance Footage
Charlie Rose: Special
Murderball: Behind The Game
Deleted Scenes
Links
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