Murderball


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Featuring fierce rivalry, stopwatch suspense, and larger-than-life personalities, Murderball is a film about tough, highly competitive rugby players. Paraplegic rugby players. Whether by car wreck, fist fight, gun shot, or rogue bacteria, these men were forced to live life sitting down. In their own version of the full-contact sport, they smash the hell out of each other in custom-made gladiator-like wheelchairs. And no, they don’t wear helmets.

From the gyms of middle America to the Olympic arena in Athens, Greece, Murderball 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 “gimps” and “cripples.” It is a film about family, revenge, honor, sex (yes, they can) and the triumph of love over loss. But most of all, it is a film about standing up, even after your spirit – and your spine – has been crushed.

 

Distributor: MTV Films/ThinkFilm
Director: Henry Alex Rubin, Dana Adam Shapiro
Producers: Jeffrey Mandel, Dana Adam Shapiro
Executive Producers: Randy Manis, Jeff Sackman, Mark Urman, Micah Green
Awards & Nominations: Academy Award® nomination for Best Documentary Feature

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