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Rudy (1993)

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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.

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David Anspaugh

Writer:

Angelo Pizzo
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Astin ... Daniel E. 'Rudy' Ruettiger
Jon Favreau ... D-Bob
Ned Beatty ... Daniel Ruettiger
Greta Lind Greta Lind ... Mary
Scott Benjaminson Scott Benjaminson ... Frank Ruettiger
Mary Ann Thebus Mary Ann Thebus ... Betty
Charles S. Dutton ... Fortune
Lili Taylor ... Sherry
Christopher Reed Christopher Reed ... Pete
Deborah Wittenberg ... Young Sherry
Christopher Erwin Christopher Erwin ... 7-Year-Old Mark
Kevin Duda Kevin Duda ... 9-Year-Old Bernie
Robert Benirschke Robert Benirschke ... 11-Year-Old Mark
Luke Massery Luke Massery ... 13-Year-Old Rudy
Robert J. Steinmiller Jr. ... 13-Year-Old Pete
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Storyline

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. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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When people say dreams don't come true, tell them about Rudy See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

22 October 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bourák See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$22,750,363
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Company Credits

Production Co:

TriStar Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | SDDS (8 channels)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the Georgia Tech versus Notre Dame game, Rudy is the only one without a name on the back of his jersey so he can be easy to spot. See more »

Goofs

When Rudy's father enters the stadium for the first time, the band shown is wearing uniforms that were not worn in the mid-1970's. See more »

Quotes

Fortune: Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey what are you doing here don't you have pratice?
Rudy: Not anymore I quit.
Fortune: Oh, well since when are you the quitting kind?
Rudy: I don't know I just don't see the point anymore.
Fortune: So you didn't make the dress list, there are greater tragies in the world.
Rudy: I wanted to run out of that Tunnell for my dad to prove to everyone that I worked...
Fortune: PROVE WHAT?
Rudy: That I was somebody.
Fortune: Oh you are so full of crap. Your five foot nothin', a hundred and nothin' and hardly have a spec of athletic ability ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

This is one of the few films in which the infamous "Alan Smithee" is given directorial credit for ONLY the commercial TV version. If viewed on VHS, DVD, pay cable etc... David Anspaugh is given his proper credit as director in the opening credits. However the editing for extra commercials on the free TV version is done so heavily -which alters the context- that Mr Smithee is the "director" when this film is shown there. See more »

Alternate Versions

Severely cut TV version was disowned by director David Anspaugh. The credited director on this version is "Alan Smithee". See more »

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Walking Dream
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Performed by Patsy Cline
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Too sentimental but a good look at the American Dream
3 November 2003 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Every since he was a boy, Rudy Ruettiger has dreamed that he would play football for Notre Dame college. However his grades are low in high school and he misses out – ending up at his dad's steel mill. When his closest friend is killed on the job, Rudy sets out to follow his dream and enlists at Holy Cross college to get his grades and takes on jobs within Notre Dame to make his dream come true.

I taped this as I thought it would be the traditional sports movie where the underdog comes through to win the big game at the key moment. Happily this film aspires to be more than that and is very obvious that it has no desire to be a football film, in fact the game isn't really shown until the final few moments of the film. Of more interest is the look at Rudy's dream and how it is very difficult to reach, he has to work very hard to get his dream, it isn't something that he is entitled too or has dropped in his lap – it is an American Dream build on work and persistence. The story is inspiring but is also mixed in reality – Rudy's dream amounts to one tackle and 8 seconds of game time. This took away a little from his story, but also it made it a better ending – his appearance is in a game already won with only seconds left, but it's HIS dream.

The film is way too sentimental and mawkish at times, but it's strong theme still makes it work and be enjoyable. The cast do a good job on the whole but it is Astin's movie and he does a great job in the lead, maybe only being a bit too nice at times. Favreau is OK in a small role, as is Beatty but Taylor has almost nothing to do and barely shows her face. Dutton is good as always. However the film does rest of Astin's abilities and he does it well.

Overall this is a good sports movie except it isn't really a sports movie. Despite it being sentimental and slightly predictable it is still a good story of chasing a dream and fair comment on the fact that the `American Dream' is not just something that happens, it is something to be worked on and chased, and even then – not everyone's dream will result in them being rich etc, but, it says, in America, if you work hard and persevere, then anything is possible.


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