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Knute Rockne, All American

Released Oct 4, 1940 1h 38m Biography List
88% Tomatometer 8 Reviews 60% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings Young Norwegian immigrant Knute Rockne (Pat O'Brien) enrolls at Notre Dame University and becomes the first star of its hitherto undistinguished football team, inventing the forward pass among other innovations. Coaching the team after his playing days are through, Rockne turns the school into a football powerhouse thanks in part to freshman halfback George Gipp (Ronald Reagan), whose sudden illness provides the team with its motivation to fight against a bigger, stronger opponent. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Bosley Crowther New York Times As a memorial to a fine and inspiring molder of character in young men, this picture ranks high. Aug 23, 2016 Full Review Entertainment Weekly Perhaps Ronald Reagan's greatest talent was his ability to float to the top. Jan 25, 2008 Full Review Variety Staff Variety Carries both inspirational and dramatic appeal on a wide scale. Jan 25, 2008 Full Review Tim Dirks Filmsite Knute Rockne: All American (1940) is the inspirational film biography of the famous and prominent Notre Dame football coach, Knute 'Rock' Rockne (Pat O'Brien). The immortalized coach is brought to life in this excellent, episodic film... Rated: A+ Sep 29, 2019 Full Review Jose Maria Santos Cine-Mundial The director Lloyd Bacon did a great job on recreating the environment. [Full review in Spanish] Sep 16, 2019 Full Review TV Guide Corn doesn't grow any higher than this male bonding tribute to testosterone. Rated: 2.5/5 Jan 25, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member The Knute Rockne legend is largely founded on this Lloyd Bacon biography, in which Pat O'Brien stars as the sainted Notre Dame football coach. In his most famous role, Ronald Reagan plays star quarterback George Gipp, who utters the immortal line "Win one for the Gipper!" Rock's speech in front of the college athletics evaluation committee was just outstanding, and the stock footage of the old games is even to this day some great football. Fabulous sports biography . Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Work ethic, innovation, team building, faith, and family: this movie has it all. It's Frank Capra without the scope, and it's a very easy movie to absorb. Of course, the main draw to this movie these days is not Pat O'Brien (who does a capable job), but of Ronald Reagan. Again, Reagan's easy charm and charisma make George Gipp the most memorable supporting role in this movie. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member One of the best sports films you'll ever see. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Solid history. But pacing is really off. Much too fast and disjointed Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member good bio-pic & vehicle 4 Pat O'Brien with that big nose he sports Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member I was really pleasantly surprised by this film by Lloyd Bacon. I'm not a follower of college football, but I had really liked/loved the nine other films of Bacon's I had seen, plus I was curious in seeing Ronald Reagan's acting. It was #27 in The Ultimate Book of Sports Movies' Top 100 as well, so I thought I'd take a chance. Very much recommended biopic of an American icon, recognized in sports and education for all of the RIGHT reasons. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Young Norwegian immigrant Knute Rockne (Pat O'Brien) enrolls at Notre Dame University and becomes the first star of its hitherto undistinguished football team, inventing the forward pass among other innovations. Coaching the team after his playing days are through, Rockne turns the school into a football powerhouse thanks in part to freshman halfback George Gipp (Ronald Reagan), whose sudden illness provides the team with its motivation to fight against a bigger, stronger opponent.
Director
Lloyd Bacon
Producer
Jack L. Warner, Hal B. Wallis
Production Co
Warner Bros.
Genre
Biography
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Oct 4, 1940, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Nov 21, 2016
Runtime
1h 38m
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