Lars Rockne and his family, including his four year old son Knute, emigrate to Chicago in 1892 from their native Norway. By 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
Did You Know?
The football history portrayed in the movie plays fast and loose with a key element of college gridiron development. The film depicts Knute Rockne
developing the forward pass in the 'teens, as an undergraduate at Notre Dame. However, the forward pass was legalized and used during the 1906 football season. See more
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
We haven't got any use for gamblers around here. You've done your best to ruin baseball, and horse racing, and this is one game that's clean and is gonna stay clean.
The Notre Dame Victory March
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 See more