Rudy has always been told that he was too small to play college football. But he is determined to overcome the odds and fulfill his dream of playing for Notre Dame.
Release Year: 1993
Rating: 7.4/10 (21,987 voted)
Stars: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
Rudy grew up in a steel mill town where most people ended up working, but wanted to play football at Notre Dame instead. There were only a couple of problems. His grades were a little low, his athletic skills were poor, and he was only half the size of the other players. But he had the drive and the spirit of 5 people and has set his sights upon joining the team.
Daniel E. 'Rudy' Ruettiger
Mary Ann Thebus
Charles S. Dutton
Robert J. Steinmiller Jr.
Sometimes a winner is a dreamer who just won't quit.
Release Date: 13 October 1993
Filming Locations: Holy Cross College – 54515 State Road 933 N., Notre Dame, Indiana, USA
Did You Know?
Dan Devine was upset about the scene in which several players laid down their jerseys on his desk as a form of protest for not letting Rudy suit up for the upcoming Georgia Tech game. According to Devine, that incident never took place and if it had, the players involved would have been booted off the team.
After Rudy gets in the game and everybody is cheering, his father is looking to his right and his brother is looking to his left at such angles that there is no way they were both looking at Rudy.
Well, you know what my dad always said, Having dreams is what makes life tolerable.
Better than "Rocky"
This movie was dubbed a football version of "Rocky" except for one exception
–it is an actual true story!! If you can watch "Rudy" and not have a lump
in your throat during several scenes, especially the ending, then you are a
hard to please critic!! This movie deserved much better than the 7.1 than
the "critics" gave it. Sean Austin did a magnificent job playing
overachieving Rudy and for those who ridiculed the fact that he only played
a few seconds at the end of a lopsided game missed the whole point of the
story. Rudy's dream was to play football at Notre Dame and earn everyone's
respect (including his doubting family). With his lack of talent for both
academics and athletics, the mere fact that he was even admitted into Notre
Dame after struggling so hard to get good grades at Holy Cross (the Junior
College Rudy went to in an attempt to prove himself worthy of Notre Dame
since he had been out of High School for several years and made poor grades
in High School.) He overcame his learning problems that had held him back
in High School and this was a monumental achievement in itself. The scene
where he was finally admitted into Notre Dame on his final attempt (he had
been rejected 3 earlier times) was uplifting indeed. Rudy overcame reading
difficulties thru hard work much the same way he overcame his lack of size
to make the Notre Dame's football team –thru a gut-busting, never quit
attitude. His teammates were so impressed with his attitude that they
forced the coach (Dan Devine, a real jerk in the movie) to dress him for the
final game. The final scene where the entire stadium was hollering "Rudy,
Rudy, Rudy" in an effort to get him into the game at the end was
spine-tingling! Rudy busting thru the line to sack the quarterback at the
end of the game and get carried off the field with the stadium going nuts
chanting his name—Well, movies don't get any better than this. And all
this really happened!! Amazing how one of the best stories ever told in
movies involve an "average Joe" who achieved his dream thru hard work—-a
Horatio Alger story indeed–10 out of 10 definitely —For some of you
"critics" that rated it worse than a "7" –you should take a class in movie
critic reviews –you definitely would flunk my class if you gave this one a
worse score than that!!