Rudy

"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, It's the size of the fight in the dog."

Rudy is a sports-filled dramatic film that was released in 1993. It is based on the life of Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger and it is a true story. Rudy was a young man who grew up idolizing the University of Notre Dame and their football squad. He dreams of one day attending the University and playing for their football team. All of the odds are against Rudy however. His family is poor and his grades are not good enough to get a scholarship so it is highly unlikely that he will be admitted to the school. He is also extremely small and not a good football player so even if he gets into Notre Dame, odds are he will not make the football team.

No one in Rudy’s family encourages his dreams and they all believe he is better off working at the steel mill in town. One day, Rudy’s friend is killed in an explosion at the mill and Rudy realizes that he has to recommit to his dream to getting into Notre Dame. Rudy gets into a junior college across the street from Notre Dame and works hard hoping to get good enough grades to transfer into the school. He begins working for Notre Dame as well and meets a graduate student who agrees to tutor Rudy.

After trying several times, Rudy finally manages to transfer into Notre Dame. He then joins the football team’s practice squad and begins to work to earn a walk-on spot on the team. Rudy still struggles because he is so small but the Coach says he will allow Rudy to dress up and play on the field for the team’s final game in his senior year. That Coach leaves and is replaced by another Coach who does not want to let Rudy play. All the other members of the team protest. They lay their jerseys on the Coach’s desk and say that they will not play if Rudy is not allowed to play. The Coach changes his mind and allows Rudy to suit up. Rudy leads the team out of the gate. The Coach does not want to allow him to take the field and actually participate in the play but the crowd changes his mind. They chant Rudy’s name over and over. Rudy is allowed to play the final play of the game where he sacks the other team’s quarterback

PG
| 1993 | 1 hr 56 min | 7.5/10
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Director
David Anspaugh
Language
English
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