Rudy Ruettiger (Sean Astin) wants to play football at the University of Notre Dame, but has neither the money for tuition nor the grades to qualify for a scholarship. Rudy redoubles his efforts to get out of the steel mill where his father works when his best friend (Christopher Reed) dies in an accident there. Overcoming his dyslexia thanks to his friend and tutor, D-Bob (Jon Favreau), Rudy gains admission to Notre Dame and begins to fight his way onto the school's fabled football team.
Release Date: September 18, 1993
Writer: Angelo Pizzo
Director: David Anspaugh
Producer: Robert N. Fried, Lee R. Mayes, Cary Woods
Cast: Chelcie Ross, Lili Taylor, Ned Beatty, Jon Favreau, Charles Dutton, Robert Prosky, Sean Astin, Jason Miller, Ron Dean, Scott Benjaminson, Greta Lind, Christopher Reed
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An inspirational, feel good movie and I dare say the best football movie ever made. You don't have to be a fan of Notre Dame to enjoy this movie. Everything about this movie is perfect, the pacing, the acting, directing, and my personal favorite the musical score.
Be careful cause Rudy will bring any woman and man to tears no matter how strong they claim to be. After you are fonr you feel like with a lot of hard work and dedication you can achieve your dreams.
There is a little language in it, especially religious profanity.November 21st, 2013 · Details
Another one of my all-time favorites. I think there is a little Rudy in all of us and that is why we relate so well to Sean Astin's character. Despite my manliness, I always tear up a little at the end of this show. There is some profanity, but hey, that's football.April 9th, 2013 · Details
Rudy! this show is one of the best shows that you could watch! If you want to see what its like to have determination and desire even when you are constantly shut down, watch this show. When I played sports in High School, we had a "Rudy" day. Basically we took the day off from practice and watched this movie. It is inspiring and should be watched at least once by everyone. It will fill your heart and make you want to do better.February 7th, 2013 · Details
An inspirational, upbeat parable about the tenacity of the human spirit or maybe just old-fashioned stubbornness "Rudy" is the very moving true story of Rudy Ruettiger, who wanted more than anything in the world to play football for Notre Dame.
Unfortunately, Rudy was small, lightweight and lacked any real talent for the game. If that wasn't enough, Rudy's family was poor as were his grades and he was discouraged by everyone from his teachers to his father.
If ever there was an impossible dream, it was Rudy's. And it was obvious to everyone . . . everyone except Rudy.
The film begins with Rudy growing up in an Indiana steel mill town during the late 1960s, where his Irish Catholic family is large and close-knit but his life is uneventful. He plays football on the high school team but during his senior year is told to forget any future plans.
So, Rudy (played as an adult by Sean Astin) reluctantly falls in line as he goes to work in the steel mill, alongside his father (Ned Beatty), his brothers and his high school buddies. He also makes plans to marry his girlfriend (Lili Taylor) and settle down.
Then, when his best friend is killed in an accident at the mill, Rudy begins to realize he's running out of time. If he's ever really going to try for Notre Dame, he'd better do it now.
So, against his father's advice, Rudy heads for South Bend with only $1,000 in his pocket and the clothes on his back. There, a kindly priest (Robert Prosky) takes him under his wing and becomes the first person to give Rudy any kind of encouragement. If he'll go to the local junior college, get his grades in line and work hard, the priest will try to help Rudy get into Notre Dame.
But Rudy soon discovers this will not be a cakewalk. He finds it difficult to buckle down and study, especially while holding down a job to help make ends meet. After two years of hard work, Rudy finally gets into Notre Dame and even manages to get on the football team, albeit as an alternate. For the next two years he is virtually a human tackle dummy, with little hope of ever being allowed to suit up for a game.
With its formulaic "Rocky"-esque sensibilities, "Rudy" heads directly down its chosen, blue-collar path, offering few, if any surprises. But there are many rewards all the same.
Director David Anspaugh and screenwriter Angelo Pizzo, who also gave us "Hoosiers," know how to build a cinematic head of steam, and they make the audience feel for Rudy's plight. His dream may not be universal in a literal sense but having a dream of some kind certainly is.
And there is also something to be said for a movie that avoids the treacly pitfalls often built into this kind of material no phony romance, no sophomoric digressions while managing to convey the difficulty of scholastic pursuit, especially when study does not come easily. All this without ever diminishing the film's entertainment value.
The casting here is perfect, with Sean Astin showing he has much more to offer than "Encino Man" might let on. And veterans Beatty, Prosky and Dutton are also excellent in their roles.
"Rudy" is one of those movies that could easily be lumped into a condescending "feel-good" category but it's better than that. You'll feel good but you won't feel manipulated in any kind of negative way.
The film is rated PG for violence, a few profanities and a couple of vulgar lines of dialogue.
October 22nd, 1993 · Details