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Writer (WGA):
Angelo Pizzo (written by)
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Release Date:
22 October 1993 (USA) See more »
When people say dreams don't come true, tell them about Rudy See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sean Astin ... Daniel E. 'Rudy' Ruettiger

Jon Favreau ... D-Bob

Ned Beatty ... Daniel Ruettiger
Greta Lind ... Mary
Scott Benjaminson ... Frank Ruettiger
Mary Ann Thebus ... Betty

Charles S. Dutton ... Fortune

Lili Taylor ... Sherry
Christopher Reed ... Pete

Deborah Wittenberg ... 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

Robert J. Steinmiller Jr. ... 13-Year-Old Pete
Jake Armstrong ... 13-Year-Old Bernie
John Duda ... 15-Year-Old Frank

Joseph Sikora ... 17-Year-Old Johnny

Gerry Becker ... Father Ted
Robert Swan ... Father Zajak (as Bob Swan)

Robert Prosky ... Father Cavanaugh
Leonard Kuberski ... Classroom Priest
James Riehle ... Locker Room Priest (as Father James Riehle)
Robert Mohler ... Johnny Ruettiger
Todd Spicer ... Boy in Neighborhood

Jason Miller ... Ara Parseghian
Jean Plumhoff ... Fran
Spyridon Stratigos ... Coach Gillespie

John Beasley ... Coach Warren

Ron Dean ... Coach Yonto
Paul Bergan ... Coach

Lorenzo Clemons ... High School Assistant Coach
Sean Grennan ... High School Assistant Coach
John Whitmer ... Football Trainer
Scott A. Boyd ... Lineman
William Bergan ... Lineman
Kevin Thomas ... Player from Sidelines
Tom Dennin ... Announcer

Michael Sassone ... Guard
Marie Anspaugh ... Librarian
Chris Olson ... Dan Dorman

Vince Vaughn ... Jamie O'Hara (as Vincent Vaughn)
Peter Rausch ... Steve
Kevin C. White ... Roland (as Kevin White)
Jennie Israel ... Rhonda

Amy Pietz ... Melinda

Mitch Rouse ... Jim
Lauren Katz ... Elza

Chelcie Ross ... Dan Devine
Christine Failla ... Pretty Girl
Donna Cihak ... Pretty Girl
Colleen Moore ... Pretty Girl
Diana James ... Pick-up Girl

Mindy Hester ... Pick-up Girl
Casey Cooper ... Pick-up Girl
Jenna Chevigny ... Pick-up Girl
Beth Behrends ... Girl in Cafeteria
Corelle Banjoman ... Walk-on
Pablo Gonzales ... Groundskeeper
Spencer Grady ... Maintenance Worker
Kellie Malczynski ... Maintenance Worker
Theodore Hesburgh ... Priest
Edmund Joyce ... Priest
Kent Hunsley ... Mill Worker
Dennis McGowan ... Barkeeper
Jennifer Patricia Phelps ... Friend
Michael Scarsella ... Friend
George Poorman ... Senior
Robert Simmermon ... Professor
Daniel 'Rudy' Ruettiger ... Fan in Stands
Bob Zillmer ... Usher
Scott Denny ... Rick
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daniel Boughton ... Fan (uncredited)

Mo Gallini ... Notre Dame Football Player (uncredited)

Katie Madonna Lee ... Fan (uncredited)

Carrie Madugu ... Student / Fan in Crowd (uncredited)
Regina Prokop ... Football Groupie (uncredited)
Jack Rooney ... Team Sideline Priest (uncredited)
Keith Schrader ... Reporter (uncredited)
Eric T. Schroeder ... Extra (uncredited)
Dan Severn ... (uncredited)
Al Snow ... Notre Dame Football Player (uncredited)
David St. Onge ... Notre Dame Football Player (uncredited)

Lisa Varga ... College Student (uncredited)

Directed by
David Anspaugh 
Writing credits
Angelo Pizzo (written by)

Produced by
Robert N. Fried .... producer
Jeffrey I. Friedman .... associate producer
Lee R. Mayes .... executive producer
Alan J. Mintz .... associate producer
Angelo Pizzo .... co-producer
Cary Woods .... producer
Richard J. Zinman .... associate producer
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
Oliver Wood 
Film Editing by
David Rosenbloom 
Casting by
Sharon Bialy 
Debi Manwiller 
Richard Pagano 
Production Design by
Robb Wilson King 
Set Decoration by
Martin Price 
Costume Design by
Jane Anderson 
Makeup Department
Anna Berry .... hair stylist
Robyn Goldman .... makeup artist
Lun Yé Hodges .... hair stylist
Wendy Kimmel .... makeup artist
Tammy Kusian .... key hair stylist
Angela Nogaro .... key makeup artist
Laine Trzinski .... hair stylist (as Elaine M. Cascio)
Production Management
Billy Higgins .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Hoffman .... second second assistant director
Kevin Barry Howe .... assistant director
Kevin Barry Howe .... second unit director
Richard Muessel .... second assistant director (as Richard Muessel III)
Angelo Pizzo .... second unit director
Daniel M. Stillman .... second assistant director
Michael Waxman .... first assistant director
Art Department
Terry Baughman .... construction coordinator
Troy Borisy .... swing gang
Christine Failla .... art department coordinator
Will Gatlin .... swing gang
Harry N. Haase .... head painter (as Harry Haase)
Gary Ledyard .... swing gang
Lance Lombardo .... lead man
Amie McCarthy .... assistant property master
Mike Monckton .... signwriter
Eric Ramsey .... storyboard artist
Charles Stewart .... property master
Karen Fletcher Trujillo .... set designer (uncredited)
Dick Hansen .... props (uncredited)
Dick Hansen .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
George H. Anderson .... supervising sound editor
Christopher S. Aud .... sound effects editor (as Chris Aud)
James Beck .... cable person
Bill W. Benton .... sound re-recording mixer
Clayton Collins .... dialogue editor (as Clay Collins)
Clayton Collins .... sound editor
Paul J. Diller .... sound effects editor
Paul J. Diller .... sound recordist
Curt Frisk .... sound mixer
David Giammarco .... supervising adr editor
Kimberly Harris .... adr editor
Matt Hovland .... foley mixer (restored version)
Dale R. Janus .... boom operator (as Dale Janus)
Drake Jenevein .... assistant sound editor
Jonathan Klein .... supervising foley editor
Vanessa Lapato .... assistant sound editor
Mark L. Mangino .... sound effects editor (as Mark Mangino)
Tony Margulies .... foley artist (restored version)
Linda Martin .... assistant sound editor (as Linda Martin-Spelta)
James Matheny .... dialogue editor
Timothy Pearson .... foley artist
Sanford Ponder .... sound effects editor
Sergio Reyes .... sound re-recording mixer
Roy Seeger .... foley editor
Brenda Sowa .... foley editor (as Brenda Sawa)
John J. Stephens .... sound re-recording mixer
Steven Ticknor .... sound effects editor (as Steve Ticknor)
David Williams .... dialogue editor
Daryl Ziemke .... cable person
Dan Sharp .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Sam Barkan .... special effects
Joe Digaetano .... special effects supervisor (as Joey Digaetano)
Paul Digaetano .... special effects
Don Parsons .... special effects
James Fierro .... stunts (as Jim Fierro)
Brian Flemming .... stunts
Brian Flemming .... utility stunts
Rick Le Fevour .... stunt coordinator (as Rick LeFevour)
Rick Le Fevour .... stunts (as Rick LeFevour)
Stacy Logan .... stunts
Daniel Maldonado .... stunts (as Dan Maldonado)
Linda Perlin .... stunts
Ben Scott .... stunts
Kent Shelton .... stunts
Jeff Williams .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Art Bartels .... key grip
Rick Brown .... best boy grip
Gerrit Dangremond .... camera operator
Charles S. Hodes .... still photographer
Andrew Hoehn Jr. .... additional first assistant camera
Mel P. Mack .... best boy electric (as Mel Mack)
Hank McElwee .... additional camera operator
James A. Miller .... gaffer (as James Miller)
David Morenz .... first assistant camera
Hope A. Nielsen .... second assistant camera
Van Redin .... still photographer
James F. Roorda .... dolly grip
Kyle Rudolph .... additional camera operator (as Kyle C. Rudolph)
Vajra Stratigos .... video assist operator
Randy Towers .... camera operator
Steve Wick .... film loader (as Steven Wick)
Jeffrey P. Ackil .... assistant camera (uncredited)
David Moenkhaus .... additional second assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Jane Alderman .... additional casting
Erica Arvold .... casting assistant: Chicago
Susan Booker .... casting assistant
Heath Howe .... casting assistant: Chicago
Corissa Miller .... extras casting assistant
Erin Moore .... extras casting assistant
Owen J. Rice .... extras casting
Sheryl Roberts .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gloria Coffey-Sharrieff .... costumer
Edward T. Hanley .... football costumer (as Edward Hanley)
Susan Kaufmann .... set costumer
Dianna Miller .... assistant to costume designer
Rebecca Naddeau St. John .... costume supervisor (as Rebecca Neddeau)
Editorial Department
David Orr .... color timer
Richmond Riedel .... assistant film editor
Cas Schwabe .... post-production assistant
Marianne Urioste .... apprentice film editor
Scot Deer .... telecine colorist (uncredited)
Steve Kraus .... editing systems technician (uncredited)
Music Department
Bruce Botnick .... music scoring mixer
Alexander Courage .... orchestrator
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Bruce Dukov .... violin
Kenneth Hall .... music editor (as Kenneth J. Hall)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Darrell Hall .... music editor (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn solos (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Calvin Chin .... transportation captain
Richard Deangelo .... transportation coordinator
Robert Wallace .... driver
Other crew
Alicia Accardo .... script supervisor (as Alicia Accardo-Troller)
Natalie Alexander .... adr voice
Lisa Barratt .... assistant production coordinator
Bill Bergen .... football technical assistant
Paul Bergen .... football technical assistant
Nicole Boxer .... assistant: Fried/Woods
Sharisse Burch .... assistant: Fried/Woods
Marc Conklin .... production assistant
A.C. Cowlings .... football coordinator (as Allen Cowlings)
Eddie Fickett .... production assistant (as Edward M. Fickett)
Frank Foster .... title designer: main titles
Tiffany Fraser .... assistant accountant (as Tiffany Reinhard)
Brian Golden .... production assistant
Sandra Gordon .... production assistant
Ida Lee Henderson .... production accountant
Janet Hill .... unit publicist
Bob Hudgins .... location manager (as Robert Hudgins)
Meredith Humbracht .... extras production assistant
Nancy Jane King .... event coordinator
Mary McCarthy .... assistant: Fried/Woods
Jared G. Miller .... production assistant (as Jared Miller)
Gerald F. Nichols .... production assistant
Charlene Norman .... production coordinator (as Charlene Norman-Cecchini)
Shannon Lee O'Sullivan .... assistant: Mr. Anspaugh
Angela Price .... production secretary
Bobbi-Lynn Riley .... extras promoter
Daniel 'Rudy' Ruettiger .... consultant (as Daniel E. Ruettiger)
Larry Szymanowski .... backdrop
Mary Tallman .... script supervisor
Elizabeth Tompkins .... assistant accountant (as Elizabeth K. Tompkins)
Lisa Ullmann .... production assistant
Medan Wade .... production secretary
Stephen Andrzejewski .... additional location manager (uncredited)
Elloise Dover .... assistant: Mr. Dutton (uncredited)
John 'Fletch' Fletcher .... production assistant (uncredited)

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Rated PG for mild language
114 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby SR | SDDS (8 channels)
Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Iceland:L | Singapore:PG | South Korea:All | Spain:T | Sweden:7 | UK:PG | USA:PG (certificate #32500)

Did You Know?

In the movie the players & coaches of Rudy's Joliet Catholic High School football team were actually made up of real high school players & coaches from Mt. Carmel High School in Chicago. The two schools were brother schools formed under the same order of priests and have had an on and off rivalry since the 1920's. They also are the two winningest state championship teams in Illinois and at the time of filming were both coming off championships. The irony that players from Mt. Carmel were dressed in their rival's jersey and then had to act the scene out on the turf of their bitter rival's field (St. Rita), might have to suffice for players from Joliet Catholic who weren't asked to be in the movie, even though they play 30 miles from the filming location. Also, you can hear the coach telling the players at the last practice that they'l need to get ready for the Mt. Carmel Caravan.See more »
Continuity: When Mateus (75) is chanting "Rudy", the next shot shows him playing , then back to him chanting again on the sidelines.See more »
Fortune:I rode the bench for two years. Thought I wasn't being played because of my color, I got filled up with a lotta attitude. So I quit. Still not a week goes by I don't regret it. And I guarantee a week won't go by in your life you won't regret walking out, letting them get the best of ya. You hear me clear enough?See more »
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Too sentimental but a good look at the American Dream, 3 November 2003
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

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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