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>
Sometimes a winner is a dreamer who just won't quit.
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Did You Know?
Names shown on the dress list are real players names from the 1974 team. The list includes some typographical errors. See more
The football scenes for Rudy's last Joliet Catholic practice are actually filmed in Doyle Stadium at the old St. Rita High School on 63rd and Claremont Ave, in Chicago, not at Joliet Memorial Stadium where they would have played/practiced. See more
[at practice, Rudy remains on the ground after being pummeled on a block by Mateus
Hey, little buddy, you all right?
Ruettiger, get out!
[springs up, refusing to be taken out
I can do it, coach!
[play is run again, but Mateus refuses to block Rudy. Rudy confronts Mateus loudly
What are you doing? I'm playing defense for Purdue!
[grabs his facemask
You ain't here to be no nanny in no kindergarten!
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
Run Through the Jungle
Written by John Fogerty
Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival See more