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
The West Point game was played in November, but the weather as shown, hot and dry, is not typical of upstate New York in November. See more
Coach, let us use the forward pass, I know it'll work.
Notre Dame Coach Harper
I'm not so sure. We've never seen it in a game.
Neither has the Army, what can we lose?
America the Beautiful
Music by Samuel A. Ward
Played as background music when the Rocknes emigrate to the United States
Reprised as background music often See more