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Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

All his life, people have told Rudy he's not good enough, not smart enough, not big enough. But nothing can stop his impossible dream of playing football for Notre Dame. From the time he was a young boy, Rudy is determined to join the Fighting Irish. But his blue-collar family only laughs at his ambitions - they know Rudy will follow his father and brother to the local steel mill. And, for four long years after high school, he does just that. But some dreams won't die, as Rudy proves when he goes to heroic, occasionally hilarious, lengths to win admission to Notre Dame. Once there, he becomes a walk-on player, serving as little more than a human tackling dummy against the startling players. Bloodied but unbeaten, Rudy wins the respect of legendary coach Ara Parseghian and the other Irish players, who give him one shot at gridiron glory. Based on a true story.

Cast

  • Sean Astin
  • Jon Favreau
  • Ned Beatty
  • Greta Lind
  • Scott Benjaminson
  • Mary Ann Thebus
  • Charles S. Dutton
  • Lili Taylor
  • Christopher Reed
  • Deborah Wittenberg

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • One of only two movies shot on Notre Dame's campus. The other was Knute Rockne All American (1940).
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Goofs

  • The Eck tennis pavilion (built in the late 1980s) is visible.
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Quotes

    • Steele: Rudy,are you ready for this, champ?
    • Rudy: I've been ready for this my whole life!
    • Steele: Then you take us out on the field.
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Metacritic

88

Astin's performance is so self-effacing, so focused and low-key, that we lose sight of the underdog formula and begin to focus on this dogged kid who won't quit. And the last big scene is an emotional powerhouse, just the way it's supposed to be.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
88

Unlike The Program, the other current football movie which pales in comparison, Rudy (which spans 1972-'75) is uncompromisingly truthful to its story and characters. Graced with Anspaugh's respect for authenticity, there's not a false note from anyone in the well-chosen cast, which includes Ned Beatty as Rudy's dad, whose disapproval of Rudy's dream is a cautious act of love; Charles S. Dutton as the stadium groundskeeper who offers quiet support; and Jason Miller (The Exorcist) as legendary coach Ara Parseghian, who rewards Rudy's tenacity with a place on the varsity practice squad.

Metacritic review by Jeff Shannon
Jeff Shannon
The Seattle Times