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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Gale Page ...
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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)  »

Also Known As:

A Modern Hero  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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Trivia

Elmer Layden eventually became the first to have the title Commisioner of the NFL after leaving his coaching job at Notre Dame in the 1940s. See more »

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Knute Rockne is born in Norway and as a youngster, tells his father not to speak Norwegian, yet a couple of times in the movie he is referred to as a Swede. See more »

Quotes

Knute Rockne: Father, I've decided to take up coaching as my life's work.
Father John Callahan: Hmmmm.
Knute Rockne: You think I'm making a mistake, don't you?
Father John Callahan: Anyone who follows the truth in his heart never makes a mistake.
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America the Beautiful
(1882) (uncredited)
Music by Samuel A. Ward (1882)
Played as background music when the Rocknes emigrate to the United States
Reprised as background music often
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A must see for any football fan.
3 February 2001 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

This is the life story of probably the most famed football coach, Knute Rockne. 'Rock' gained fame with his pep talks that led to many memorable victories for his beloved Notre Dame football team.

Pat O'Brien probably turns in the best performance of his career as Coach Rockne. Ronald Reagan portrays the dying George Gipp of the "win one for the Gipper" fame. Also in the cast are Donald Crisp, Owen Davis Jr., Gale Page and John Litel. Johnny Sheffield, who played Boy in the Tarzan series, plays Rockne at age 7.

Father of the forward pass and backfield shift inspired even the non-football fans during his era in the limelight. This is a football classic you can enjoy watching again and again.


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