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 »
The football scenes for Rudy's last Joliet Catholic practice are actually filmed in Doyle Stadium at the old St. Rita High School on 63rd and Claremont Ave, in Chicago, not at Joliet Memorial Stadium where they would have played/practiced. 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, ...
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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 »
Down the Line
Written by Vincent Fagan and Joseph J. Casasanta See more »
Today's spoiled athletes should take notes
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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