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Knute Rockne All American (1940)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Sport | 5 October 1940 (USA)
The story of legendary Notre Dame football player and coach Knute Rockne.

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(original screen play), (based upon: private papers of, and the reports of Rockne's intimate associates and friends) (as Mrs. Rockne)
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Father Julius Nieuwland (as Albert Basserman)
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Committee Chairman
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Doctor
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Gus Dorais
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Lars Knutson Rockne
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Martha Rockne
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Knute - Age 7 (as John Sheffield)
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Moreau Choir (as The Moreau Choir of Notre Dame)
Nick Lukats ...
Harry Stuhdreher-One of The Four Horsemen
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Elmer Laydon - One of The Four Horsemn
William Marshall ...
Don Miller - One of The Four Horsemen
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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 duke1029

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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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At 1:05:59, the position of Rock's son leaning against the rock changes. See more »

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Knute Rockne: Now I'm going to tell you something I've kept to myself for years. None of you ever knew George Gipp. He was long before your time, but you all know what a tradition he is at Notre Dame. And the last thing he said to me, "Rock," he said, "sometime when the team is up against it and the breaks are beating the boys, tell them to go out there with all they've got and win just one for the Gipper. I don't know where I'll be then, Rock," he said, "but I'll know about it and I'll be happy."
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Featured in Notre Dame Reborn (2014) See more »

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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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Straightforward Biopic
10 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The story of legendary Notre Dame football player and coach Knute Rockne (Pat O'Brien).

This film is an early example of the great biopic. While I care nothing for Notre Dame football, I feel like this was a really well-made film. Was it accurate? I don't know. Likely some of Rockne's lesser qualities were probably glossed over. But it still tells the story and makes a great case for the role immigrants have played in shaping America.

The film is probably best remembered today for Ronald Reagan's role as "the Gipper". This is interesting, because even though the part is important, it is relatively small. Of all the parts Reagan played, it is interesting that this is the one that stayed with him forty years later.


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