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Rudy (1993)

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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.

Director:

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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Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Rudy: Mary, Mary quite contrary. What makes your garden grow?
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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 »

Alternate Versions

Severely cut TV version was disowned by director David Anspaugh. The credited director on this version is "Alan Smithee". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #2.7 (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Walking Dream
Written by Ginger Willis and Hal Willis
Performed by Patsy Cline
Courtesy of Masters International Inc.
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A terrific inspiring movie
28 December 2001 | by comickozSee all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

22 October 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$881,191, 17 October 1993

Gross USA:

$22,881,563

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,881,563
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Company Credits

Production Co:

TriStar Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | SDDS (8 channels)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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