• Rudy (1994)


Release Date: March 15th, 1994

DVD Release Date: September 26th, 2000

PG |1 hr 53 min

Plot Summary

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.

Cast: Sean Astin, Ned Beatty, Charles S. Dutton, Robert Prosky, Lili Taylor, Jon Favreau, Jason Miller, Christopher Reed

Director: David Anspaugh

Genres: Drama

Production Co: TriStar Pictures

Distributors: TriStar Pictures, Columbia Tristar, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Keywords: Rise, Growing up, Charming, Best friend, Underdog, Father, Rousing, 1970s, Small town

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Desmond RyanPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Tedious sports inspirational that genuflects before the mythology of Notre Dame football with the story of a walk-on who fulfilled a lifelong dream of suiting up for the Irish. [26 May 1994, p.E05]

  • 60

    Based on a true story, the whole thing is a sloppy mess of football wishes and caveat dreams that will forever be remembered, but never watched in just one sitting. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

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