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Rudy (1993)

PG  |   |  Biography, Drama, Sport  |  22 October 1993 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Greta Lind ...
Scott Benjaminson ...
Mary Ann Thebus ...
Christopher Reed ...
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
13-Year-Old Pete


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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When people say dreams don't come true, tell them about Rudy See more »


Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 October 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bourák  »

Box Office


$22,750,363 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

| (8 channels)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ned Beatty plays Sean Astin's father. The year before, he appeared in Prelude to a Kiss (1992), in which he played the husband of Astin's real-life mother, Patty Duke. See more »


In the movie, Rudy gets to play for the first time in a game against Georgia Tech. However, as they show Rudy running down the field during the kickoff, you can see a maroon and gold Boston College banner in the crowd behind him. This scene was filmed at the halftime of the real ND/Boston College game in 1992. See more »


Steele: Rudy,are you ready for this, champ?
Rudy: I've been ready for this my whole life!
Steele: Then you take us out on the field.
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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 »


Featured in Hollywood vs. Religion (1994) See more »


Hike Notre Dame!
Written by Vincent Fagan and Joseph J. Casasanta
Performed by University of Notre Dame Glee Club
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Absolutely Fantastic!
27 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie for the first time when I was in middle school some years back. Back then they showed every student this movie in the seventh grade, but I really fell in love with it. I remember just being in awe and really getting into it.Especially seeing as I'm a girl and girls don't like football or sports movies. But its one really transcends genders. The music really plays a key part and can move you to tears. The acting was spot on and its impossible not to identify with Rudy.Its the type of movie that when someone says they don't really care for it, you're like"That's blasphemy!" How could you not like it? Plus there are some great appearances by some movie stars, before they made it big. Every time I watch this movie or hear the music, I'am inspired.

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