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Rudy (1993)

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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Daniel E. 'Rudy' Ruettiger
... D-Bob
... Daniel Ruettiger
Greta Lind ... Mary
Scott Benjaminson ... Frank Ruettiger
Mary Ann Thebus ... Betty
... Fortune
... Sherry
Christopher Reed ... Pete
... Young Sherry
Christopher Erwin ... 7-Year-Old Mark
Kevin Duda ... 9-Year-Old Bernie
Robert Benirschke ... 11-Year-Old Mark
Luke Massery ... 13-Year-Old Rudy
... 13-Year-Old Pete
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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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When people say dreams don't come true, tell them about Rudy See more »

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

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$22,750,363
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Trivia

Ned Beatty plays Sean Astin's father. The year before, he appeared in Prelude to a Kiss (1992), in which he played the husband of Astin's real-life mother, Patty Duke. See more »

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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 »

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D-Bob: What's a lapsed Catholic to do?
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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 »

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Referenced in Studio C: Episode #8.3 (2017) See more »

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Ring of Fire
Written by Merle Kilgore and June Carter Cash
Performed by Johnny Cash
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Brick walls aren't to keep you out
14 March 2009 | by See all my reviews

Sean Astin is "Rudy" in this 1993 true story of Rudy Ruettiger, a short, average kid who wanted to dress for the Notre Dame football team. Rudy's story is one that is used to demonstrate the power of single-mindedness and determination in the face of all odds. His story provides a great lesson - the brick walls aren't there to keep you out, they're only there to keep out the people who don't want something badly enough.

Rudy grows up obsessed with Notre Dame football, but he lacks the physical prowess for the game and the grades for Notre Dame. He also comes from a family, headed by Ned Beatty, whose attitude is, know your place and stay there, and whose goals are to join the union, work a union job, and have a home and family. Rudy's girlfriend wants to get married, and the only person who understands his dream is his best friend. When tragedy strikes, Rudy realizes that he has to pursue his dream or he'll never be happy.

This is a very inspirational film, all the more inspirational because it's true. Sean Astin gives a very natural performance as Rudy - he doesn't "act" in the sense of giving an emotional, big performance, but rather behaves like a young man from a lower middle class family in Joliet, Illinois, probably much as the real Rudy acted.

Life can be pretty frustrating and when trying to break through a glass ceiling or a brick wall like Rudy did, it's tempting to want to give up. People today want things to happen fast, too. Rudy's compelling story says that passion and perseverance can bring you a long way. Here was a kid with no money, no family support, dyslexia, average grades, who was too wimpy for football. Watch what happens to him.


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