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.
Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>
When people say dreams don't come true, tell them about Rudy
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Did You Know?
At the dinner scene with the family and visiting neighbor kids, the one boy asks permission of Papa Ruettiger (Ned Beatty) if they could switch channels from the Notre Dame football game in order to check the score of an in progress U. of Illinois football game. Prior to 1984, the National Collrgiate Athletic Association (NCAA) forbade more than one game to be telecast in a particular TV Market area. The NCAA was successfully sued under the Sherman Anti-Trust Act by the colleges for constraint of trade. The scene would be set in the early 1960's, when the rule concerning one game only policy was in effect. See more
What's a lapsed Catholic to do?
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
Referenced in Studio C: Episode #8.3
Ring of Fire
Written by Merle Kilgore
and June Carter Cash
Performed by Johnny Cash See more