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>
The film aired on Fox in 1996. Notre Dame was winless on the network (losing the 2007 Sugar Bowl, and three straight season finales against Stanford or USC from 2013-15) until winning at Michigan State in 2017. See more »
When Rudy is at the bus station leaving for Notre Dame, the poster in the Greyhound station has a picture of the World Trade Center towers on it. They weren't completed until 1973. See more »
Mary, Mary quite contrary. What makes your garden grow?
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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 »
Severely cut TV version was disowned by director David Anspaugh. The credited director on this version is "Alan Smithee". See more »
This is a movie for everyone who ever felt like the little person, overlooked by those who were bigger or more popular. "Rudy" had kind of a lame title for a sports movie, and i remember the first time I saw a preview of it, I was totally moved and involved by the scenes and then guffawed aloud at the end when the announcer intoned, "RUDY." That set the rest of the theater laughing too, so imagine my surprise when i saw it a couple months later and it was a 10 out of 10 in my book. I'm not even a sports fan but this movie got me. It shows the power of faith to get by with any frustration in life, the performances are great and it's a shame that Sean Astin had to wait eight years to get another great break with "Lord of the Rings." His is a worldclass performance in this film, see it as it is one of the most inspiring films you'll ever see.
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