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All his life, people have told Rudy he's not good enough, not smart enough, not big enough. But nothing can stop his impossible dream of playing football for Notre Dame. From the time he's a young boy, Rudy (Sean Astin) is determined to join the Fighting Irish. But his blue collar family only laughs at his ambitions - they know Rudy will follow his father and brothers to the local steel mill. And, for four long years after high school, he does just that. But some dreams won't die, as Rudy proves when he goes to heroic, occasionally hilarious, lengths to win admission to Notre Dame. Once there, he becomes a walk-on player, serving as little more than a human tackling dummy against the starting players. Bloodied but unbeaten, Rudy wins the respect of legendary coach Ara Parseghian and the other Irish players, who give him one shot at gridiron glory. An incredible true story from the creators of Hoosiers, Rudy is an unforgettable testament to the power of dreams and the triumph of the common man.
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Critics Consensus: Though undeniably sentimental and predictable, Rudy succeeds with an uplifting spirit and determination.
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Common Sense Says
Inspiring sports film about a real-life underdog.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rudy is a moving sports drama based on the true story of Daniel "RUDY" Ruettiger who overcame various obstacles -- dyslexia, lack of money -- to play football for Notre Dame. The movie includes some scenes of bitter disappointment and brutality on the football field (including bloody wounds and bruises) that might be inappropriate for younger or more sensitive kids. Expect some rough language ("s--t" and "ass" mostly), plus some drinking -- Rudy (Sean Astin) gets drunk enough to reveal information that gets him kicked off the booster squad. A fiery plant explosion kills Rudy's best friend. The movie extols the virtues of perseverance and hard work; Rudy overcomes seemingly impossible odds to achieve his goal.
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- Genre:Family, Drama
- Release Date:August 28, 2001
- Languages:English, Spanish
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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