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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Betty
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Christopher Reed ...
Pete
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Christopher Erwin ...
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Kevin Duda ...
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Robert Benirschke ...
11-Year-Old Mark
Luke Massery ...
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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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$22,750,363 (USA)
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In the scenes from the game that Rudy actually plays in, the jerseys of the players have names of actors and crew. See more »

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Goalposts seen in the movie are 18 1/2 feet apart and had been narrowed in 1991. At the time of the story, uprights were 23 feet, 4 inches apart in college football. See more »

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[Rudy sneaks into Notre Dame Stadium]
Fortune: Hey kid! You're not supposed to be here!
Rudy: Hey this place is really somethin else huh? Someday I'm gonna come out of that tunnel and I'm gonna run onto this field
Fortune: Well it ain't gonna be this day...
Rudy: I'm here to play football for the Irish!
Fortune: Coach Parseghian know about it?
Rudy: No... not yet.
Fortune: Well maybe you best tell him first...
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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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References Knute Rockne All American (1940) See more »

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Inspirational Movie
19 November 2002 | by (Escondido, California, USA) – See all my reviews

This is a great film about going for your dreams and never giving up. No matter who tells you that you can't do it, no matter how unlikely the chances are, no matter what, make sure you go for your dreams and do everything that you can make them come true.

Sean Astin delivers one of his best performances to date. He plays the character of Rudy Ruettiger perfectly! He was an excellent choice for the role and he deserves a great deal of credit for his work (as does the true life Rudy). The rest of the cast was quite good as well; Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty, Lili Taylor, Charles Dutton, Robert Prosky, and Vince Vaughn (in one of his first roles). All of the supporting cast was excellent.

If you like inspirational movies, or just movies about football (although there is much more to this movie than just football), then I highly recommend you see this film. I hope that you enjoy it. Thanks for reading,

-Chris


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