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Rudy (1993)Rudy (1993)

Rudy (1993)

The 1993 trophy holder for underdog sports films

Crime, Drama, History, Romance, Thriller

7.2

movie

Ireland, Japan

English, Spanish

Easy, Feel-Good, Lighthearted

1993

David Anspaugh, Neil Jordan

Amy Pietz, Charles S. Dutton, Chelcie Ross

114 min

Synopsis

Rudy grew up in a steel mill town where most people ended up working, but wanted to play football at Notre Dame instead. There were only a couple of problems. His grades were a little low, his athletic skills were poor, and he was only half the size of the other players. But he had the drive and the spirit of 5 people and has set his sights upon joining the team.

Our Take

7.2
Jenna Gordon

Based on the true story of Daniel “Rudy” Rettinger, this biographical movie follows young Rudy as he pursues his childhood dream of playing football for Notre Dame, despite significant obstacles and copious discouragement from those around him. The movie works not by hitching the action to any major sequences of ball play, but rather to the most remarkable feature of the story: the sheer determination of the title protagonist. The film’s success also largely comes down to a fantastically consistent and earnest performance by Sean Astin, who outshines a very talented supporting cast to the legendary, crowd-stirring end.

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