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>
It's not the size of the dog in the fight, It's the size of the fight in the dog.
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Did You Know?
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
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
[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, ...
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
Written by James A. Leyden See more