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Rudy (1993)

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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Daniel E. 'Rudy' Ruettiger
... D-Bob
... Daniel Ruettiger
Greta Lind ... Mary
Scott Benjaminson ... Frank Ruettiger
Mary Ann Thebus ... Betty
... Fortune
... Sherry
Christopher Reed ... Pete
... 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
... 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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Sometimes a winner is a dreamer who just won't quit. See more »

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

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22 October 1993 (USA)  »

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$22,750,363
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Trivia

Names shown on the dress list are real players names from the 1974 team. The list includes some typographical errors. See more »

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The real Rudy did not have an older brother. he was the eldest child in the family. See more »

Quotes

Daniel: My son's going to Notre Dame!
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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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References Knute Rockne All American (1940) See more »

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Run Through the Jungle
Written by John Fogerty
Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
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Better that I expected

To be completely honest, I was actually impressed with this film. It is sweet, but there is an honesty and a strong sense of realism at the heart of this film, which to me, provides the base of its appeal. "Rudy", unlike the majority of films about athletes, paints a picture of the real everyman (basically, the jock who isn't a jock) and it does so in a way that is plausible from start to finish. Working hard, eating, breathing and sleeping the game does not mean that you will wind up the star quarterback. Rudy's struggles are genuine: his family is poor and has never sent anyone to college, his grades are sub-par (largely the result of an undiagnosed learning disorder), he can't afford his junior college let alone Notre Dame and Rudy is, at best,only a moderate athlete. It is in the way that he overcomes these obstacles (not to mention the beautiful performance by Sean Astin) which provides the refreshing realism which is at core of this film. "Rudy" is what sports are really all about.


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