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Rank (2006)

Adriano Moraes , Justin McBride , John Hyams  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Adriano Moraes, Justin McBride, Mike Lee
  • Directors: John Hyams
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Magnolia Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: September 29, 2009
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002SAMMLA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,772 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rank" on IMDb

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Close look at a death-defying sport . . . June 8, 2007
This IFC documentary portrays the life of professional bull riders by focusing on three of the best - Justin McBride, Adriano Moraes, and Mike Lee - all competing in the 2004 Professional Bull Riders final in Las Vegas. The film does not glamorize these men; nor does it find particular fault with them. But it does heighten the viewer's awareness of the sport's risk of physical injury and the riders' almost incomprehensible disregard of it. The camera follows McBride as he hobbles everywhere on an ankle held together with pins. Moraes strips down to shorts to show the scars of all his injuries, and the camera captures his winces of pain after rides that tear further at the damaged bicep of his left arm. A long, jagged scar shows along the right side of Lee's head from surgery following a concussion.

There is little talk of the million-dollar prize money, for these men are driven by a love of the sport that defies logic. Meanwhile, we learn something of their personal lives. Two are married - one of them has two children - and we get to meet the women in their lives. One of the men is a born-again Christian, with a fatalistic belief in a God who has given him athletic gifts and may one day take his life in the arena. Another represents a beer-drinking, cussing cowboy stereotype at a considerable distance from anything resembling piety. The film also takes some time to introduce viewers to the professional bullfighters whose job is to keep the bulls distracted after riders have been thrown or have dismounted. The film begins and ends with the Oklahoma stock growers who provide the bulls for the events. For anyone with even the remotest curiosity about this death-defying sport, this well-made film is illuminating and riveting. Also recommended: a fictional film about bull riding, "Cowboy Up."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing March 22, 2007
John Hyams has done it again. This is a wonderful documentary that is beautifully photographed. It follows three champion bull riders all going for the same victory, all if them very different people. The documentary also covers the life of a rodeo clown as well as many other interviews. All in all this is a worthy follow up to his previous film "The Smashing Machine." I'm so glad this film is finally getting a proper release. So even if you're not interested in bull riding i think most people will find this doc fascinating.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a disappointment September 18, 2009
By rflo
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I am a fan of bullriding and watch PBR each week when it is on television. I had vaguely heard of "Rank", and after reading some reviews, I wanted to watch it. It is not available to rent in my area, so decided to buy it through Amazon. I was not disappointed. The movie is presented documentary style and focuses on 3 riders pursuing the PBR World Championship as well as a father & son who hope to earn the honor of stock contractor of the year. There are many facets of the sport of bullriding, and the director manages to give the viewer a glimpse of most of them. I felt some of the segments on the featured riders were a little skimpy at times and would have liked to have seen more detail about each of them, and for that reason I rated this movie 4 stars. The cinemaphotography is very good, and the viewer is kind of taken on a journey while watching it, (I know that may sound corny), but the documentary does shift gears throughout - calm and peaceful ranch life in the opening sequence, roaring crowds and loud buzzers during the tournament, camaraderie amongst the riders, the agony of injuries, endearing moments with riders and their families - I was pleasantly surprised. It is worth the purchase.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rank November 11, 2008
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Fascinating world of the PBR brought to life through the eyes of three top contenders for the million dollar Championship held yearly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great content... February 14, 2013
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It's such a great thing to have a documentary on, but then whoever put it together used such tremendously horrible music choices that it seemed as if it was a angst-ridden tragedy instead of a story of triumph. There were several scenes that were filler, long slow scenes of driving... where there's nothing adding to the story, it's too long to be 'making a point', and they could have done a better job. So A+ for the information, the backstories, the look at people's lives and careers.. but D for the actual product in the end. SOrry... I wish I loved it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome. Purely Awesome. November 15, 2011
Format:DVD
Why this movie rocks:
+This movie follows the three contenders for the 2004 championship of the PBR, allowing each one to speak from their heart about things; family, religion, bull riding, drinking, anything. There is no spin put upon us from the director. There is no feeling of "You should like this. You shouldn't like this."
+The bulls are focused. A lot of things rodeo leave out the animals. That is a complete disservice to the sport. Without the dedication, time, love and sweat (and lots of money) these people put into raising animals, rodeo would be nowhere. Also, the viewer is allowed to make up their mind on animal welfare as it's presented by the bull owners.
+Every aspect is covered. The film focuses on the danger by talking to Dr. Tandy Freeman (the traveling MD with the PBR). Rider protection is covered. Family members are interviewed and allowed to express what it's like to watch a loved one get on the back of a bull.
+The music is unbelievable. It is absolutely not what I would have chosen, but that's what makes it work so well.
+The cinematography is tremendous. The film makers spent a lot of time getting things right.

The negative:
-There are a few shots where the bull is different than the one in the chute. To some this might not be a big deal, but when Adriano starts on one bull and ends on Big Bucks, it's somewhat of a big deal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent documentary.
Bought this the SECOND time for my son, who loves it. Someone stole the other copy. W ether or not you are a cowboy or know a cowboy or are a rodeo fan........ Read more
Published 18 days ago by C. Carlson
5.0 out of 5 stars You will NOT be disappointed.
A must-see movie for anyone into Professional Bull Riding!!! You will NOT be disappointed.
Published 1 month ago by Tony Marini
2.0 out of 5 stars Rank
I did not like this DVD. It did not do justice to Bull riding. I have seen more bull riding DVD that are far better than Rank.
No I would not recommend this DVD to anyone.
Published 6 months ago by Ozell Ellison
5.0 out of 5 stars Prepare for Shock and Awe
Even if you know about rodeoing, this video about bull riders will open your eyes. Behind the scenes images of these gladiators is compelling stuff.
Published 16 months ago by Horse lover
5.0 out of 5 stars rank
good background info. Added to my appreciation of this 2013 PBR season. Glad to see familiar names like Mike Lee and others that are still in the picture.
Published 18 months ago by Joan A Jurisich
4.0 out of 5 stars Being True
Howdy folks,
I am an ex-rodeo cowboy for the PRCA back in 1990-92.I did three events and even won an title. Read more
Published on February 22, 2008 by David Sanchez
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This was a very interesting movie and at the same it was funny in parts. It is neat to see how the bull riders are in person and in the arena!
Published on October 17, 2007 by Nancy P. Smiley
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