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Director: David Anspaugh; Stars: Sean Astin; Release Date: February 12, 2008

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Heart Warming

  • Apr 1, 2008
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One of the most heartwarming tales ever committed to film, the true story of Daniel E. "Rudy" Ruettinger (Sean Astin, THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy) is an underdog drama that escapes--for the most part--the pitfalls of sentimentality. Set in 1960s Joliet, Illinois, Rudy lives in a staunchly blue-collar steelworkers' community. Despite his obsession with Notre Dame and college football, Rudy goes to work in the mill alongside his father and brothers directly after his high school graduation. It takes the accidental death of his best friend to inspire Rudy to pursue his dream of playing for Notre Dame. As everyone in his life is quick to point out, Rudy lacks the brains, brawn, and financial means to ever achieve his goal, but he sets out for South Bend just the same, enrolling in a junior college and trying out for the team as a walk-on. Eventually Rudy becomes a member of the practice team, where he displays such a strength of heart and fierceness of will that he touches and inspires all those around him, including the groundskeeper, Fortune (Charles Dutton), the tough-talking coach (Jason Miller), and even his nay saying father (Ned Beatty). Director David Anspaugh, who scored a previous hit with 1986's HOOSIERS, delivers an earnest sports film that concentrates on character and detail, with Sean Astin turning in a remarkably understated, subtle performance.
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Quick Tip by . July 27, 2010
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The sports movie!!!! The one movie all guys cry. If you love football, notre dame football, or both you wil love this movie.
Quick Tip by . July 20, 2010
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this movie is soooo sad i though i was going to cry
review by . August 22, 2008
Solid story line.  Sean Astin is a bit weak.  What, were neither of the Cory's available?  Overall, not bad for a sports film since most disappoint in this genre given the generally weak sports scenes.  I want to hate this film given the glorification of Notre Dame, but if it can make my old man tear up...and he was crying a river by the end and hates all things Notre Dame, then it can't be that bad.  Bottom line:  If you are nursing a hangover on a Sunday afternoon …
review by . April 03, 2008
Need I say more?  A more than moving ending, but 2 hours to get there?
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One of the most heartwarming tales ever committed to film, the true story of Daniel E. "Rudy" Ruettinger (Sean Astin, THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy) is an underdog drama that escapes--for the most part--the pitfalls of sentimentality. Set in 1960s Joliet, Illinois, Rudy lives in a staunchly blue-collar steelworkers' community. Despite his obsession with Notre Dame and college football, Rudy goes to work in the mill alongside his father and brothers directly after his high school graduation. It takes the accidental death of his best friend to inspire Rudy to pursue his dream of playing for Notre Dame. As everyone in his life is quick to point out, Rudy lacks the brains, brawn, and financial means to ever achieve his goal, but he sets out for South Bend just the same, enrolling in a junior college and trying out for the team as a walk-on. Eventually Rudy becomes a member of the practice team, where he displays such a strength of heart and fierceness of will that he touches and inspires all those around him...
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Release Date: 1993
MPAA Rating: PG

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