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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 October 1993 (USA)  »

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$22,750,363
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Trivia

In the movie Rudy is portrayed as having largely gone into the steel industry after graduating high school. In reality, he served four years in the US Navy as a yeoman on a communications ship, which is never mentioned. See more »

Goofs

Rudy's helmet at the Georgia Tech game is missing the Riddell logo on the front of it. The other players are not missing the logo. See more »

Quotes

Coach Warren: [addressing players at the walk-on tryouts] Let me tell it to you as clean as I can. We have 95 players here so accomplished as athletes in high school, we gave them full scholarships to the best football program in the country. NCAA regulations allow us to dress just 60 for home games, which means at least 35 scholarship players are gonna be watching the game from the stands. So if any of you has any fantasies about running out of that stadium tunnel with your gold helmet shining in the sun, ...
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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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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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