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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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David Anspaugh

Writer:

Angelo Pizzo
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Astin ... Daniel E. 'Rudy' Ruettiger
Jon Favreau ... D-Bob
Ned Beatty ... Daniel Ruettiger
Greta Lind Greta Lind ... Mary
Scott Benjaminson Scott Benjaminson ... Frank Ruettiger
Mary Ann Thebus Mary Ann Thebus ... Betty
Charles S. Dutton ... Fortune
Lili Taylor ... Sherry
Christopher Reed Christopher Reed ... Pete
Deborah Wittenberg ... Young Sherry
Christopher Erwin Christopher Erwin ... 7-Year-Old Mark
Kevin Duda Kevin Duda ... 9-Year-Old Bernie
Robert Benirschke Robert Benirschke ... 11-Year-Old Mark
Luke Massery Luke Massery ... 13-Year-Old Rudy
Robert J. Steinmiller Jr. ... 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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When people say dreams don't come true, tell them about Rudy See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

22 October 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bourák See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$22,750,363
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Company Credits

Production Co:

TriStar Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | SDDS (8 channels)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the movie, the players and coaches of Rudy's Joliet Catholic High School football team were made up of real high school players and coaches from Mt. Carmel High School in Chicago, Illinois. 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 thirty miles from the filming location. Also, you can hear the coach telling the players at the last practice that they'll need to get ready for the Mt. Carmel Caravan. See more »

Goofs

Goalposts seen in the movie are 18 1/2 feet apart and had been narrowed in 1991. At the time of the story, uprights were 23 feet, 4 inches apart in college football. See more »

Quotes

Players and Fans: Ru-dy! Ru-dy! Ru-dy!
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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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Today's spoiled athletes should take notes
8 June 2002 | by Agent10See 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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