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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Mary Ann Thebus ...
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Sherry
Christopher Reed ...
Pete
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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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When people say dreams don't come true, tell them about Rudy 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

In the middle of the film, during the scene in which Father Cavanaugh speaks to Rudy in the Basilica, Notre Dame president emeritus Father Theodore Hesburgh and Edmund (Ned) Joyce, Hesburgh's vice-president, makes a cameo appearance. They are seen at the beginning of the scene walking in the Basilica to the right side of Father Cavanaugh's character. Father Hesburgh was president when the actual Rudy Ruettiger attended Notre Dame. The Joyce Athletic and Convocation Center, on the Notre Dame Campus, was named after Ned Joyce. See more »

Goofs

In the movie, Dan Ruettiger's big moment is a solo sack of the Georgia Tech quarterback on the final play after the crowd chants his name and the announcer talks about him. In actual TV footage of the game, you can see Ruettiger chase Tech quarterback Rudy Allen out of the pocket and into the arms of an Irish player play-by-play man Don Criqui identifies as "Jay Acterhoff." Criqui makes no mention of Ruettiger, who would probably get no more than a half-sack or tackle assist from a stat keeper. There is no special uproar from the crowd, except the typical cheer for the end of the home team's win. See more »

Quotes

Pete: Hey, you were a pretty big Notre Dame fan!
Frank: Yeah, and I used to collect baseball cards too!
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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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Referenced in Face Off: A Force to Be Reckoned With (2012) See more »

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Rakes of Mallow
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Performed by University of Notre Dame Marching Band
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Believe
21 December 2004 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Rudy is a story that pulls at every heart string and emotions you possibly could have. Why? Well it doesn't have to do with the actors, though they are all great. It doesn't have to do with the filming, it isn't what draws us in. It is one thing. The one major fact.

The True Story. To watch and see how Rudy overcomes every obstacle he faces. To see how Rudy truly triumphs, even if it isn't the best possible success for someone, for Rudy it is everything.

This movie is a story that teaches a lesson. It is about football, but it is about believing. Never giving up. Always giving it your all.

Rudy is a movie that gives us something to believe in. Believe.


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