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Knute Rockne All American (1940)

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The story of legendary Notre Dame football player and coach Knute Rockne.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Gale Page ...
Bonnie Skiles Rockne
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George Gipp
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Albert Bassermann ...
Father Julius Nieuwland (as Albert Basserman)
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Committee Chairman
Henry O'Neill ...
Doctor
Owen Davis Jr. ...
Gus Dorais
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Lars Knutson Rockne
Dorothy Tree ...
Martha Rockne
Johnny Sheffield ...
Knute - Age 7 (as John Sheffield)
Moreau Choir of Notre Dame ...
Themselves (as The Moreau Choir of Notre Dame)
Nick Lukats ...
The Four Horseman
Kane Richmond ...
The Four Horseman
William Marshall ...
The Four Horseman
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Storyline

Lars Rockne and his family, including his four year old son Knute, emigrate to Chicago in 1892 from their native Norway. By his his mid-twenties Knute saves enough to attend obscure Notre Dame University, where he excels in football and chemistry. He and a teammate develop the forward pass as an offensive weapon while working as life guards on summer break and use it to upset heavily favored Army in a historic game. After graduation Rockne becomes a teacher while coaching part time but ultimately abandons academics to devote all his energies to football. During his tenure as head coach at the school, he develops such outstanding players as George Gipp, who dies prematurely from a strep infection, and the Four Horseman while introducing many innovative tactics including the backfield shift. Rockne, known for his staccato motivational speeches, devotes his life to maintaining the integrity of the sport he loves and promoting it as an integral component in the development of the American... Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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5 October 1940 (USA)  »

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James Cagney, eager to break out of gangster roles, lobbied hard for the part of Knute Rockne. But Cagney had signed a petition in support of the anti-Catholic Republican government in the Spanish Civil War. Notre Dame University had control over all aspects of the filming and would not okay Cagney for the role. See more »

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When Knute Rockne (Pat O'Brien) first notices George Gipp (Ronald Reagan) kicking a football, a player standing next to Rockne very clearly mouths "Hey You!" (without any sound coming from his mouth) just as Rockne yells the same thing to Gipp. See more »

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Knute, Age 7: Poppa, don't talk Norwegian, talk American. We're all Americans now, especially me. I'm left end.
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The Notre Dame Victory March
(1908) (uncredited)
Music by Michael J. Shea
Lyrics by John F. Shea
Played during the opening and end credits
Played and sung by the crowd at the railroad station twice
Played as background music often
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The fighting Irish
28 July 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

"Knute Rockne All American", the biopic about the famous Notre Dame beloved coach Knute Rockne, is an excellent sports film to watch. Not ever having seen it, we were surprised by the technique used in the movie by director Lloyd Bacon, who shows he was ahead of his times in photographing football games. The result is a vibrant picture about the man responsible for the legacy of the collegian sport, Knute Rockne.

The film presents Rockne from his humble origins in Chicago to his studies in famed Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana. He was an ambitious man who had a vision about how the game should be played. Luckily, he went to give his beloved Notre Dame the glory he was after.

Pat O'Brien looks a bit older when he starts as a freshman. In fact, he doesn't change much throughout the film, but he is fine as Mr. Rockne. Pat O'Brien shows he could inspire the players under him by just being a father figure. Gale Page plays Bonnie Rockne, the wise woman who understood her husband's call in life. Ronald Reagan plays George "The Gipper" Gipp, who was a legend that died much too young, but who left a legacy behind. Donald Crisp makes a good contribution as Father John Callahan who was Rockne's mentor at the university.

This film will delight not only sports because of LLoyd Bacon's direction and the fast pace he gives to the movie.


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