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  • Published: [United States] : New York : Lions Gate Home Entertainment ; Distributed by Thinkfilm, 2005.
  • Year Published: 2005
  • Description: 1 videodisc (ca. 88 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Language: English
  • Format: DVD

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  • 821575533652
  • 031398186854

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Based on the article by Dana Adam Shapiro.

Special features: MTV jackass with Zupan; greatest hits; kids question period; Keith getting his chair; update on players; life according to Zupan; CNN interview exclusive on Larry King Live; Sundance footage; Charlie Rose special; 'Murderball': behind the game featurette; deleted scenes.

Players: Keith Cavill, Andy Cohn, Scott Hogsett, Christopher Igoe, Bob Lujano, Joe Soares, Mark Zupan.

A film about tough, highly competitive quadriplegic rugby players. These men have been forced to live life sitting down, but in their own version of the full-contact sport, they smash each other in custom-made gladiator-like wheelchairs. Tells the story of a group of world-class athletes unlike any ever shown on screen. In addition to smashing chairs, it will smash every stereotype you ever had about the disabled.

DVD, region 1; Dolby Digital.

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Murderball: Quad Rugby

Admittedly, I didn't read the description for this documentary before I placed it on hold, so when the DVD came in for me I thought it was going to be about the effects of professional sports on those who earn their living playing football or baseball, etc. The truth is much more devastating.

The men in this film are members of the U.S. and Canadian Quadriplegic Rugby Team, outfitted in highly durable metal wheelchairs and dedicated to their fast-paced, adrenaline fueled competition. The individual histories of these men are seamlessly interwoven with their team's story of working toward the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece, which takes place two weeks after the Olympic Games. Most of the men have lost partial or total use of all four of their limbs due to a motor vehicle accident, while others suffered debilitating illnesses as children. All of them wear this one part of their past for all the world to see, and as sometimes happens, for others to unfairly judge as well.

This is a well-constructed, unsentimental documentary that will deconstruct your ideas about what it means to be "disabled."

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