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      Rudy

      1993, Drama, 1h 53m

      48 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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      Though undeniably sentimental and predictable, Rudy succeeds with an uplifting spirit and determination. Read critic reviews

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      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.

      • Rating: PG

      • Genre: Drama

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: David Anspaugh

      • Producer: Robert N. Fried, Cary Woods

      • Writer: Angelo Pizzo

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

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      • Box Office (Gross USA): $20.7M

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      • Distributor: Columbia Tristar, TriStar Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment

      • Production Co: TriStar Pictures

      • Sound Mix: Surround

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      • Jan 16, 2013

        Rudy inspires us all to try to chase after our dreams and do what we want. It inspires to try harder and get back up after a fall. Most of all it inspires us football players to try harder and it shows that size isn't everything. I personally think this is the best football movie out there. It has emotion, and very cool passion for football. The acting is great. Sean Astin is perfect for the role of Rudy and everyone else does a great job in their parts too. Charles S. Dutton, Ned Beatty, John Favreau (in his first film role) are pretty standout in their performances as well. I also think that any Notre Dame football player or fan should see this movie.

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      • Dec 02, 2011

        Rudy is quite simply the best sports film there can be, its that good. Everything from the fantastic performance from Sean Astin, the well-written script, perfect score, emotional tone, beautiful direction, and its great focus on football is nothing short of perfection. Its a simple premise, a young man wants to go to the university of his dreams and play for one of the best teams in college football. Its this idea that drives the film, making us believe that no matter what people expect of you or what they wish you to believe, you need to follow that dream. Its a theme we have seen a hundred times, but Rudy is something special. Its a drama for the ages, but at its heart, its a sports film that has no equal.

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      • Oct 23, 2011

        A little long, but Sean Astin really does make his performance convincing and passionate, with all his charm.. The Movie really is a wonderful sports drama.

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      • Aug 27, 2011

        Rudy is a well made and acted true story about Rudy Ruettiger a down on his luck student who dreams about going to Notre Dame University and playing for the Universities football team, The Fighting Irish. Unfortunately the odds are against him, and there's nothing but bad luck for Rudy. But he perseveres to make his dreams a reality. Rudy is a well made film, but I saw so many films that followed the same path, that when I finally got around to watching Rudy, it seemed clichéd almost. However, what separates this film from the rest of real life "feel good movies" is that it surrounds a kid who beat all odds to attend Notre Dame, and there was some great acting here to boot. If you've seen some "feel good inspiring films" before, then you've seen Rudy, but for what it is, I felt that this story was better written and better told on screen than other films of this caliber. That's the difference from most "feel good" films. Sean Astin gives a terrific performance, and this one of his best roles. In Lord of the Rings, he was terrific, but slightly annoying. However in Rudy, Astin delivers a great, memorable performance. Rudy is a terrific film and though it's a "feel good" film, it manages to actually make you feel, despite its small imperfections. This is a terrific film about not giving up, and watching Rudy not let anything stand in his way is memorable.

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