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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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7-Year-Old Mark
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13-Year-Old Rudy
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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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Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

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$22,750,363 (USA)
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Trivia

The football scenes have an added sense of realism because the director never filmed any scenes with a camera on the field. As with a broadcast of a real game, all football scenes were filmed with off-field cameras. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the GTech game, after the defense gets the ball back the final time, there are only 37 seconds left in the game. Yet, the Irish run a play in bounds without a time out before the final play (the halfback pass touchdown) and when Rudy finally gets in for the ensuing kickoff, there is no way any time would be left on the clock. It would have actually run out before the touchdown pass. See more »

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Rudy: We're gonna go inside, we're gonna go outside, inside and outside. We're gonna get 'em on the run boys and once we get 'em on the run we're gonna keep 'em on the run. And then we're gonna go go go go go go and we're not gonna stop til we get across that goalline. This is a team they say is... is good, well I think we're better than them. They can't lick us, so what do you say men?
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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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Too sentimental but a good look at the American Dream
3 November 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Every since he was a boy, Rudy Ruettiger has dreamed that he would play football for Notre Dame college. However his grades are low in high school and he misses out – ending up at his dad's steel mill. When his closest friend is killed on the job, Rudy sets out to follow his dream and enlists at Holy Cross college to get his grades and takes on jobs within Notre Dame to make his dream come true.

I taped this as I thought it would be the traditional sports movie where the underdog comes through to win the big game at the key moment. Happily this film aspires to be more than that and is very obvious that it has no desire to be a football film, in fact the game isn't really shown until the final few moments of the film. Of more interest is the look at Rudy's dream and how it is very difficult to reach, he has to work very hard to get his dream, it isn't something that he is entitled too or has dropped in his lap – it is an American Dream build on work and persistence. The story is inspiring but is also mixed in reality – Rudy's dream amounts to one tackle and 8 seconds of game time. This took away a little from his story, but also it made it a better ending – his appearance is in a game already won with only seconds left, but it's HIS dream.

The film is way too sentimental and mawkish at times, but it's strong theme still makes it work and be enjoyable. The cast do a good job on the whole but it is Astin's movie and he does a great job in the lead, maybe only being a bit too nice at times. Favreau is OK in a small role, as is Beatty but Taylor has almost nothing to do and barely shows her face. Dutton is good as always. However the film does rest of Astin's abilities and he does it well.

Overall this is a good sports movie except it isn't really a sports movie. Despite it being sentimental and slightly predictable it is still a good story of chasing a dream and fair comment on the fact that the `American Dream' is not just something that happens, it is something to be worked on and chased, and even then – not everyone's dream will result in them being rich etc, but, it says, in America, if you work hard and persevere, then anything is possible.


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