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
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, who has a short speaking role as an egotistical football player late in the film, also appears much earlier. He is one of the team members seen waiting in the hallway as Knute Rockne leaves George Gipp's hospital room following Gipp's death. Reeves is standing with his back to the camera so the viewer won't recognize him later as that other player, who was on Rockne's team almost a decade after Gipp's death in 1920. 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?
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