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Murderball (2005)

DIRECTOR Henry Alex Rubin, Dana Adam Shapiro
STARS Keith Cavill, Andy Cohn, Scott Hogsett, Christopher Igoe, Mark Zupan, Bob Lujano, Joe Soares

This documentary features the hardest nutters on this entire list: fact. For most sports people, breaking their back and suffering a loss of function to their limbs would be the end, a nightmare scenario that they refuse to contemplate. For these guys, it's just the beginning, and leads to the insanely fast, insanely violent sport of the appropriately-named murderball. The film quickly establishes that these players are not helpless or held back by their limited limb function, and then concentrates on the sporting clashes (quite literally) that drive them on.
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Should Murderball be higher or lower on the list?

The Stats
Quad rugby, aka wheelchair rugby, aka "murderball"
USA Quad rubgy team, 2002-2004
It's probably the scenes between Mark Zupan and the high school friend, Christopher Igoe, who was drunk-driving the truck that crashed and paralysed him.
No fear. Of anything, ever.
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1 Underdog film
Dodgeball certainly remains one of the classic underdog films, not just for its inspirational value, but its usual comedy, too. And perhaps some of the others could make this list too: ranker-film Read More

Posted on Wednesday June 18, 2014, 18:51 by Imperion

2 See Also
Karate Kid, The Waterboy, The foot fist way, Hot rod, Caddy Shack, The mighty ducks, coach carter, blades of glory, mean machine, leatherheads, the ringer, nacho libre, kicking and screaming, baseketball, remember the titans, brians song, don king: only in america, cinderella man, million dollar baby, somebody up there likes me, the boxer, knuckle, bend it like beckham, fever pitch, zidane Read More

Posted on Saturday September 15, 2012, 18:42 by bnicholson50

3 RE: What the Hell!?
l largely an excuse for Chaplin to show off his legendary slapstick skills and rubbery physical abilities while poking fun at sports clichés and underdog stories, but it's still more entertaining than most of the films it skewers. ow exactly does Chaplin, in 1915, skewer films that are very very far from being made and poking fun at sports clichés that do not yet exist? Read More

Posted on Wednesday July 25, 2012, 00:42 by Evil_Bob

4 RE: Rocky - third place
BASEketball should totally be in here. Okay it's not a real sport, but it is a sport movie. And it's funny as shit wise a pretty damn solid list. (Rocky 2-4 should be included as well, but maybe that's being a bit greedy...) Read More

Posted on Tuesday July 24, 2012, 13:55 by Whistler

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