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  1. #11
    I love watching quad rugby, but you really need to know the rules and how the teams are balanced with different ability levels to understand the game. If you are unfamiliar with it, it would probably help you to appreciate the film more by reviewing this information before seeing the film:

    About quad rugby


  2. #12
    when's the dvd coming out and where can i buy one?

  3. #13
    It is listed on Netflix, but without a release date. Since the movie is now playing in NYC and due for nation-wide release in July, I doubt if you will find it on sale before the fall.


  4. #14
    Originally posted by mattblan:

    Thats why i prefer baseball! Anything to get the homies on tv right fuente?
    what, you lost me matt

    "Man is bound to follow the adventurous promptings of his scientific and inventive mind and to admire himself for his splendid achievements" Carl Jung

  5. #15
    I just saw the trailer... Its great because I can make all my friends watch so I can stop explaining the rules of how we play...

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  6. #16
    Here's a review:

    .... Watching them in action -- both on court and off -- smashes every stereotype one has ever had about the handicapped. It also redefines what it is to be a man, what it is to live a full life, and what it is to be a winner.

    ...smashes every stereotype one has ever had about the handicapped.
    Really, stereotypes about the "handicapped," I wonder what those are?


    Murderball - Review

    Length 85 min
    Rated: R
    Distributor: ThinkFilm

    Starring: Joe Soares, Mark Zupan, Keith Cavill, Scott Hogsett

    Directed by Henry-Alex Rubin, Dana Adam Shapiro
    Produced by Jeffrey Mandel, Dana Adam Shapiro

    Release Date: 2005-07-08
    Reviewed by Lexi Feinberg: 2005-06-27

    A Mexican revolutionary named Emiliano Zapata coined the phrase, “It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.” While the metaphorical impact of the quote is resonant, there is something amazing about seeing people inspire hope and change without ever standing up.

    Murderball is a documentary following 2.5 years in the lives of intensely competitive rugby players. They slam into each other, spew obscenities, and strive to score points with passionate fervor. What separates them from typical brutish NFL players or people like Mike Tyson who lunge at ears, is that they are confined indefinitely to wheelchairs. The sport is Quad Rugby, known also as Murderball, and their goal is to excel and win big at the Paralympics. The players point out that the event is not the same as the Special Olympics (although there’s nothing wrong with that). “We’re not going for a hug; we’re going for the gold medal” says a teammate matter-of-factly.

    ....What makes Murderball so effective is that it debunks just about every clichéd stereotype we are brainwashed with about the handicapped. These are predominantly young men in their 20s and 30s, but other than paralysis they're just like every other guy you knew and probably dated in high school. They are pranksters, laughing and drinking at poker night, and charmers, later putting their moves to the test by approaching the prettiest girls in the bar. Although asked regularly if they are able to have sex, the answer always stuns people---yes, they can. Wild mid-air sex on a trampoline is however, probably out of the question.

    .... Murderball will change the way you view the handicapped and make you embarrassed for your previous misconceptions. These quadriplegics do not want pity or sympathy; in fact they resent it. They are vibrant, prosperous people with an infectious amount of passion. We should all be so disabled.

    I haven't seen the movie but it sounds good from the reviews. This is also a good counter to all of the "I'm a quad, please do the right thing and end my useless life" movies that ab's love to embrace. What we need next is a movie about quad women that tells it like it is. One that's not angled to elicit sympathy or make ab's feel blessed and even further removed from our experiences, but a story that portrays us engaging in everyday human activities like working, getting pregnant and rearing children, paticipating in sports etc. Imagine the myths that would dispell.
    Last edited by antiquity; 07-05-2005 at 03:42 PM.

  7. #17

    Thumbs down

    "The more pitiful I am, the more women like me."

    Oh brother.

  8. #18
    That would be a great idea Seneca. I wonder how one would make omething like that happen.

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    "The more pitiful I am, the more women like me."

    Oh brother.
    My sentiments exactly.

    I still think the movie looks cool.

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