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Murderball [DVD]

Henry Alex Rubin , Dana Adam Shapiro    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Henry Alex Rubin, Dana Adam Shapiro
  • Producers: Jerry V. Mandel
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Feb 2006
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BY9ALA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,655 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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,

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Documentary from filmmakers Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro, following the quadriplegic men who play the sport of 'quad rugby'. Driven and determined to overcome the limitations of their disabilities, the men who play the sport professionally can risk serious injuries in the tough, close-contact game. In the run up to the 2004 Paralympics in Athens, Team USA and Team Canada begin to square off for the showdown in the quad rugby final, as the filmmakers subvert clichés and stereotypes of what it means to be disabled, and what it means to want to win.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Murderball is one of those films that I started watching a little reluctantly despite the positive reviews it has garnered. I mean who takes any notice of reviews .....Anyway watch I did and thank jimmine for that for it's the best film I've seen in awhile.

Muderball is a slightly hyped name for wheelchair rugby which is played by paraplegics in as signified earlier specially customised wheelchairs. Basically a member of the team has to cross the opposition's line in order to score a point. It's fast, skilful and unpredictably aggressive. The film centres on the implacable rivalry between the U.S.A. team and the Canadian team. This is almost exclusively down to the fact that the Canadian coach, Jeff Soares used to represent the U.S.A. (indeed he was their best player for a number of years) but when he was dropped he flounced off in a mighty huff and ended up coaching their rivals. The American team view Soares as a traitor to his Country while he ...well lets just say he hasn't taken rejection well and seems to be permanately on the verge of exploding or imploding's kind of hard to tell.

We pick up their rivalry as they are preparing for the World championships in Sweden in 2002. The most outspoken member of the American team is Mark Zupan, a scary intense looking guy, and we are treated to him and Soares bad mouthing each other as they inevitably prepare to face each other in the final .The result only serves to intensify the depth of feelings between the sides and add, if ever it was needed, spice to the build up to the 2004 Paralympics where the two are expected to contest the final again.

This is all hugely entertaining and it's amazing how quickly you become caught up in the rivalry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Taught me a thing or two! 25 Jun 2008
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Ok, so i bought this after I got into the show Friday Night Lights where Jason Street takes up the sport. Wanting to find out more I gave this a go and I'm glad i did. What i liked most was that it wasn't just about the sport and rivalry, there was a lot in there about the disabilities too. It's refreshing and eye wateringly honest and the sex instruction tapes had me laughing. I mean, the poor guys that have to rely on those things?
Of course you have Mark Zupan in the sorta lead but the real star is the turncoat Canada coach Joe who is such an *ss but you wind up loving him anyway (well I did!) What an arrogant awful bloke! Funny though.
All in all I thought it was a good way of getting the idea across that they're still just guys who like guy stuff despite not being able to walk.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rightly nominated for an Oscar 15 Feb 2006
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Murderball, the tale of 2 quadriplegic rugby teams - Team USA and Team Canada - is a top notch sports documentary with many similarities to Hoop Dreams. As well as being packed full of exciting and nail-biting sports scenes, it also tells the story of the players, and the fight each of them has gone through to become Olympic class atheletes. Do not be mistaken that this is a sentimental or depressing look at disability - it is anything but. Sure, you learn a lot about quadriplegia but the point of Murderball is that these people live lives to the full despite their injuries - in fact they live much fuller lives than the average able bodied person. The energy, passion and determination these quad rugby players display is truly inspirational. Murderball is truly unique, throughly deserving of its recent Oscar nomination, and with a great soundtrack to boot!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Macho 14 Dec 2013
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Makes you feel ashamed that the able bodied are sometimes to lazy to get off their fat arses and do something, or all those feeble excuses one has for not exercising.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I had expected 26 Mar 2013
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Poor documentary, not what I had expected having read some previous reviews.
Don't know whether it is just me. Doesn't cost much so if you think you may be interested buy it.
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