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Knute Rockne All American (1940)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Sport | 5 October 1940 (USA)
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The story of legendary Notre Dame football player and coach Knute Rockne.

Directors:

Lloyd Bacon, William K. Howard (uncredited)

Writers:

Robert Buckner (original screen play), Mrs. Knute Rockne (based upon: private papers of, and the reports of Rockne's intimate associates and friends) (as Mrs. Rockne)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pat O'Brien ... Knute Rockne
Gale Page ... Bonnie Skiles Rockne
Ronald Reagan ... George Gipp
Donald Crisp ... Father John Callahan C.S.C.
Albert Bassermann ... Father Julius Nieuwland (as Albert Basserman)
John Litel ... Committee Chairman
Henry O'Neill ... Doctor Treating Knute
Owen Davis Jr. ... Charles 'Gus' Dorais
John Qualen ... Lars Knutson Rockne
Dorothy Tree ... Martha Rockne
Johnny Sheffield ... Knute Rockne - Age 7 (as John Sheffield)
Moreau Choir of Notre Dame Moreau Choir of Notre Dame ... Moreau Choir (as The Moreau Choir of Notre Dame)
Nick Lukats Nick Lukats ... Harry Stuhldreher - The Four Horsemen
Kane Richmond ... Elmer Layden - The Four Horsemen
William Marshall ... Don Miller - The Four Horsemen
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Lars Rockne and his family, including his four year old son Knute, emigrate to Chicago in 1892 from their native Norway. By his mid-twenties Knute saves enough to attend obscure Notre Dame University, where he excels in football and chemistry. He and a teammate develop the forward pass as an offensive weapon while working as life guards on summer break and use it to upset heavily favored Army in a historic game. After graduation Rockne becomes a teacher while coaching part-time but ultimately abandons academics to devote all his energies to football. During his tenure as head coach at the school, he develops such outstanding players as George Gipp, who dies prematurely from a strep infection, and the Four Horseman while introducing many innovative tactics including the backfield shift. Rockne, known for his staccato motivational speeches, devotes his life to maintaining the integrity of the sport he loves and promoting it as an integral component in the development of the American ... Written by duke1029

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Trivia

One of only two movies to be filmed on the University of Notre Dame campus. The other was Rudy (1993). See more »

Goofs

At 17:47, the position of Knute and Bonnie changes. See more »

Quotes

George Gipp: Win one for the Gipper!
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Alternate Versions

For years TV prints of "Knute Rockne All-Amercian" deleted about 13 minutes of footage, including the famous "Win one for the Gipper" speech, for legal reasons concerning the George Gipps family. When the US video version was released in 1998, all the deleted scenes were restored, and seen for the first time since the original theatrical showings. The restored, complete print has since been released on DVD (as of 2006) and is now available for television viewings. See more »


Soundtracks

America the Beautiful
(1882) (uncredited)
Music by Samuel A. Ward (1882)
Played as background music when the Rocknes emigrate to the United States
Reprised as background music often
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An American for All Ages-Knute Shines ****
15 May 2006 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

Pat O'Brien had his best role ever as Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne. From humble beginnings, Rockne entered Notre Dame as a student circa 1910. He is into chemistry but becomes a marvelous football player and hero.

Upon graduation, he teaches chemistry at the school but he has got the football fever that tugs at him, this forces him to give up chemistry to pursue his dream of coaching the game. In a way, too bad, the school probably lost a great chemistry teacher-certainly far better and nicer than the one I had in high school. (Erasmus Hall in Brooklyn to be exact.)

He motivates his students. He will not tolerate academic underachievement. He is a coach for all seasons.

O'Brien captures that common kind touch. One of his students, George Gipp, is memorably played in a fine brief supporting performance by Ronald Reagan.

The years pass and the achievements run high-but Knute remains the same kind coach who testifies before Congress when football is called into question.

Donald Crisp is outstanding as a Notre Dame priest who knew that Rockne was destined to coach football. Albert Basserman is adequate, but his Jewish accent in the portrayal of a priest is awkward at best. Basserman was nominated that year in the supporting category for "Foreign Correspondent."

Rockne's tragic death, in a plane crash, robbed the world of many more years of a totally professionally wonderful human-being. The film is great.


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Release Date:

5 October 1940 (USA) See more »

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