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MPAA Rating - PG

Length:
    114 Minutes

Genre:
    Drama

Original Release Date:
    Sep 26, 2000

Director
    David Anspaugh

Cast
    Sean Astin, Ned Beatty, Charles S. Dutton, Lili Taylor, Jason Miller, Robert Prosky

 
Movie Summary
A young man learns to let nothing stop him from realizing his ambitions in this drama, based on a true story. Ever since he was a little boy, Rudy Ruettiger (Sean Astin) has dreamed of attending Notre Dame University, and playing on the Fighting Irish football team. However, Rudys dream doesnt seem very practical; Daniel (Ned Beatty), his father, works in a steel mill and can ill afford to send his son to Notre Dame, while Rudys grades are not especially impressive, and standing a shade over five feet tall and weighing a little over 100 pounds, Rudy is hardly built for the gridiron. However, with the help of Father Cavanaugh (Robert Prosky), a sympathetic priest, Rudy is admitted to nearby Holy Cross, and in his junior year manages to squeak into Notre Dame as a transfer student. Rudy works as an assistant to the football stadiums groundskeeper, Fortune (Charles S. Dutton), to pay his tuition (often sleeping in Fortunes office since he cant afford a room), studies diligently, and appears at tryouts for the football team. Rudy is made a member of the practice team, which means hes little more than a human tackling dummy, but Coach Ara Parseghian (Jason Miller) is impressed with Rudys devotion and determination, and pledges that hell allow him to dress for one game before he graduates, so his name can be recorded as an official member of the team. However, the arrival of a new coach and a tough season that allows for few unnecessary players may put a stop to Rudys dreams within sight of the finish line. Rudy also stars Jon Favreau, Lili Taylor, and Scott Benjaminson. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide


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