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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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It's not the size of the dog in the fight, It's the size of the fight in the dog. 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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$22,750,363
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Trivia

Many of the Priests and miscellaneous Notre Dame employees in the movie are actual Notre Dame employees. See more »

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Coach Dan Devine actually insisted that Rudy play in the final game. See more »

Quotes

Daniel: [Upon entering Notre Dame Stadium] This is the most beautiful sight these eyes have ever seen!
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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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Ring of Fire
Written by Merle Kilgore and June Carter Cash
Performed by Johnny Cash
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Today's spoiled athletes should take notes
8 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

One of my favorite football movies of all time, this film follows in the long tradition of great sports movies which can uplift the spirit through means other than winning the big game and getting the girl or some other typical Hollywood convention. The music, cinematography and acting was excellent in this film, especially considering the terrible film choices Sean Astin had before embarking on this movie. While this was really an homage to Notre Dame football, a person could really look at Rudy and see a little of themselves inside the relatively small man. Charles Dutton had one of the greatest speeches in the history of sports cinema, and he should have gained more notoriety for his performance in this film.


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