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Rudy has always been told that he was too small to play college football. But he is determined to overcome the odds and fulfill his dream of playing for Notre Dame.

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Greta Lind ...
Mary
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Mary Ann Thebus ...
Betty
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Sherry
Christopher Reed ...
Pete
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Young Sherry
Christopher Erwin ...
7-Year-Old Mark
Kevin Duda ...
9-Year-Old Bernie
Robert Benirschke ...
11-Year-Old Mark
Luke Massery ...
13-Year-Old Rudy
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13-Year-Old Pete
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Storyline

Rudy grew up in a steel mill town where most people ended up working, but wanted to play football at Notre Dame instead. There were only a couple of problems. His grades were a little low, his athletic skills were poor, and he was only half the size of the other players. But he had the drive and the spirit of 5 people and has set his sights upon joining the team. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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It's not the size of the dog in the fight, It's the size of the fight in the dog. See more »

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

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22 October 1993 (USA)  »

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$22,750,363 (USA)
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Trivia

While visiting the radio broadcast booth during a Giants baseball game, Sean Astin noted that the poster photo of him as Rudy wearing the suit with the duffel bag was shot on the field at Stanford University. See more »

Goofs

When Rudy comes home for Thanksgiving after his first semester at Holy Cross Junior College, his older brother walks in with a bag of groceries. At the top of the bag is a bag of Frito-Lay chips with the current Frito-Lay logo clearly showing, even though this was supposed to be from the mid-1960s. See more »

Quotes

Father Cavanaugh: [in church] Taking your appeal to a higher authority?
Rudy: I'm desperate. If I don't get in next semester, it's over. Notre Dame doesn't accept senior transfers.
Father Cavanaugh: Well, you've done a hell of a job kid, chasing down your dream.
Rudy: Who cares what kind of job I did if it doesn't produce results? It doesn't mean anything.
Father Cavanaugh: I think you'll find that it will.
Rudy: Maybe I haven't prayed enough.
Father Cavanaugh: I don't think that's the problem. Praying is something we do in our time, the answers come in God's time.
Rudy: If I've done ...
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Crazy Credits

This is one of the few films in which the infamous "Alan Smithee" is given directorial credit for ONLY the commercial TV version. If viewed on VHS, DVD, pay cable etc... David Anspaugh is given his proper credit as director in the opening credits. However the editing for extra commercials on the free TV version is done so heavily -which alters the context- that Mr Smithee is the "director" when this film is shown there. See more »

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Run Through the Jungle
Written by John Fogerty
Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
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The Most Inspiring Movie Ever!!!!
27 May 2002 | by (Ottawa) – See all my reviews

RUDY is the greatest football movie of all time. Wait, did I say 'football movie'? I meant movie. Period. Between the gut-wrenching acting by Sean Astin, tear-jerking moments of the climax, the miraculous true story of a short man fighting to make his lifelong dreams come true, you'll be rooting for Rudy throughout the film. Rudy's dream is a selfless act of triumph that can do nothing but good for the entire human race. You can't help but ride right along with Rudy for the roller-coaster of emotions that ensues, leading up to the greatest moment of his life, a moment that will resonate in the very fiber of your being. This movie shows that dreams really can come true. If you put your mind (and body) to it, and if you have a big enough heart, you too can accomplish anything! After watching this movie, I was inspired to try just that much harder at everything I do, in hopes of one day becoming half the man that Rudy is. This movie is genuine, heart-felt emotion that will touch the inner depths of your soul. From the biggest person to the smallest, one and all will be reaching for the tissues after enjoying, nay, living, every moment of this film. Warning: don't watch the movie alone. You'll want the extra arms in the room for when you're hugging each other in celebration, and an extra voice erupting with cheers for the single greatest movie hero of all time: RUDY.


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