is a 1993 Americandirected byDavid Anspaugh. It is an account of the life ofDaniel Rudy Ruettiger, who harbored dreams of playingfootballat theUniversity of Notre Damedespite significant obstacles. It was the first film that the Notre Dame administration allowed to be shot on campus since
In 2005,Rudywas named one of the best 25 sports movies of the previous 25 years in two polls byESPN(24 by a panel of sports experts, and 4 users).1It was ranked the 54th-most inspiring film of all time in theAFI100 Years series.2
The film was released on October 15, 1993, byTriStar Pictures. It starsSean Astinas the title character, along withNed BeattyJason MillerandCharles S. Dutton. The script was written byAngelo Pizzo, who createdHoosiers(1986), which was also directed by Anspaugh. The film was shot inIllinoisandIndiana.
In the late 1960s, Daniel Eugene Rudy Ruettiger grows up inJoliet, Illinois, dreaming of playingcollege footballatNotre Dame. Though he achieves some success with hishigh schoolteam atJoliet Catholic, he lacks the grades and money necessary to attend Notre Dame, as well as the talent and physical stature to play football for a major intercollegiate program.
After high school, Rudy takes a job at a local steel mill like his father, Daniel Sr., a Notre Dame fan, and his two older brothers, Frank and John. When his best friend Pete, who supports his dream of playing football for Notre Dame, is killed in an explosion at the mill, Rudy decides to follow his dream of attending Notre Dame and playing for theFighting Irish.
In 1972, Rudy travels to the Notre Dame campus but is not academically eligible for Notre Dame. With the help and sponsorship of a Notre Dame priest, Father Cavanaugh, Rudy enrolls atHoly Cross College, a nearbyjunior college, hoping to get good enough grades to qualify for a transfer. He then approaches a Notre Dame stadium head groundskeeper named Fortune and volunteers to work on the field for free. Fortune offers a job at minimum wage. Currently homeless, Rudy sneaks in and out of Fortunes office at night through a window and sleeps on a cot. At first, Fortune is indifferent towards Rudy but later provides him with blankets for the cot and a key of his own to the office, although Fortune later denies it. Rudy learns that Fortune has never seen a Notre Dame football game, despite having worked at the stadium for years.
Rudy befriends D-Bob, a graduate student at Notre Dame and ateaching assistantat Rudys junior college. D-Bob offers to tutor Rudy in exchange for help in meeting girls around the Holy Cross campus. After some time, suspecting an underlying cause to Rudys previous academic problems, D-Bob has him tested, and Rudy finds out that he hasdyslexia. Rudy learns how to overcome his disability and becomes a better student. During Christmas vacation, Rudy returns home to his familys appreciation of his college attendance and report card but is still mocked for his attempts at playing college football and loses his fiance to his older brother John.
After two years at Holy Cross and three rejections from Notre Dame, Rudy is finally admitted during his final semester of transfer eligibility. He goes home to tell his family, with his father announcing the news to his steel mill workers over the loudspeaker. Rudy decides to return to Notre Dame immediately and attempt to make the football team as a walk-on. Rudy soon persuades Fortune to promise to come see his first game if Rudy is permitted to suit up for one game. Afterwalking onas a non-scholarship player for the football team and competing well, a strong-willed Rudy convinces head coachAra Parseghianto give him a spot on the daily practice squad. Assistant coach Yonto warns the walk on players that thirty-five scholarship players will not even make the dress roster of players who take the field during the games but at practices notices that Rudy exhibits more drive than many of the scholarship athletes.
At seasons end, Coach Parseghian agrees to Rudys request to suit up for one home game in his senior year so his family and friends can see him as a member of the Notre Dame team. However, Parseghian retires as coach following the1974 seasonand is replaced by a formerNFLcoach,Dan Devine. Coach Devine keeps Rudy on the practice team but refuses to place him on the game day roster. When Rudy sees that he is not on the dress list for the teams next-to-last home game, he becomes distraught and quits the team.
Fortune sees Rudy at the stadium instead of at practice and chastises him for quitting the team. As they talk, Rudy learns that Fortunehasseen his share of Notre Dame games, but not from the stands – he was on the team. Years earlier, Fortune had angrily left the team because he felt that he was not playing in games due to his skin color. Fortune reminds Rudy that he has nothing to prove to anyone but himself, and that not a day will go by when he will not regret quitting. With that advice, Rudy returns to the team.
In an attempt to get Devine to list Rudy on the game-day roster, led byteam captainandAll-AmericanRoland Steele, the other Notre Dame seniors rise to Rudys defense and lay their jerseys on Devines desk, each requesting that Rudy should be allowed to dress in his place for the seasons final game. In response, a reluctant Devine lets Rudy suit up for the next game againstGeorgia Tech.
On game day, with Rudys family and D-Bob in attendance, Steele invites Rudy to lead the team out of the tunnel onto the playing field. Fortune is there to see the Notre DameGeorgia Tech game as promised. As the game nears its end with Notre Dame winning 173, Devine sends all the seniors into the game but not Rudy, despite urging from Steele and the assistant coaches. That week at Notre Dame there had been a story about Rudy and his walk-on football career in the student newspaper, so the fans are aware of what Rudy is trying to accomplish. Suddenly, a Rudy! chant, led by player Steve Mateus, begins in the stadium. Hearing the chant, the Notre Dame offensive team, led bytailbackJamie OHara, overrules Devines call forvictory formationand scores another quick touchdown instead, providing defensive player Rudy with one more chance to get into a game and thus be entered onto the official roster of Notre Dame football players.
Devine finally lets Rudy play on the kickoff by Notre Dame to Georgia Tech. Rudy then stays in for the final play of the game and sacks the Georgia Tech quarterback. Rudy is carried off the field on his teammates shoulders to cheers from the stadium.
An epilogue to the 1993 film stated that after 1975, no other player for Notre Dame had been carried off the field to the time of the films release. (In 1995, two years after the films release, fullbackMarc Edwardsbecame the second Notre Dame player to be carried off the field by his teammates following their upset win over theUSC Trojans). Rudy graduated from the university in 1976 and all his younger brothers later went on to college to earn degrees.
Vince Vaughnas Jamie OHara (Credited as Vincent Vaughn)
Rudy Ruettiger Cameo in a picture at the end of the movie, and in a crowd scene at theGeorgia Techgame, behind Ned Beatty
The soundtrack toRudywas composed and conducted by veteran composerJerry Goldsmith. Goldsmith had previously worked with filmmakers Angelo Pizzo and David Anspaugh on their successful 1986 filmHoosiers, garnering the film an Oscar nomination forBest Original Score3and thus making Goldsmith their first choice to compose a soundtrack forRudy.
According to , Tryouts has been used in 12 trailers, including those forAngels in the OutfieldThe Deep End of the OceanGood Will Hunting,SeabiscuitandSpirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.4
In 2008, SenatorJohn McCainused Take Us Out as an official anthem during his presidential run. The piece of music was played at major events such as after Senator McCains acceptance speech to theRepublican National Conventionand after John McCain announced GovernorSarah Palinas his running mate inDayton, Ohio.
Take Us Out was played in the pilot episode ofAbout a Boy, based on the2002 filmof the same name.
Also recorded in the film are performances of various Notre Dame fight songs by theNotre Dame Glee Club.citation needed
In reality, Coach Devine had announced that Rudy would dress for the Georgia Tech game during practice a few days before. The dramatic scene where his senior teammates each lay their jerseys on Coach Devines desk in protest never happened; according to Ruettiger, Devine was persuaded to allow him to dress only after a number of senior players requested that he do so.5Devine had agreed to be depicted as the heavy in the film for dramatic effect but was chagrined to find out the extent to which he was vilified,6saying: The jersey scene is unforgivable. Its a lie and untrue.7As a guest onThe Dan Patrick Showon September 8, 2010,Joe Montana, who was an active member of the team when Ruettiger played in the Georgia Tech game, confirmed that the jersey scene never happened, stating: Its a movie, remember. Not all of that is true…The crowd wasnt chanting, nobody threw in their jerseys. He did get in the ball game. He got carried off after the game.8
Rudyreceived primarily positive reviews from critics.Roger Ebertof theChicago Sun-Timeswrote that the film has a freshness and an earnestness that gets us involved, and by the end of the film we accept Rudys dream as more than simply sports sentiment. Its a small but powerful illustration of the human spirit.9Stephen Holden ofThe New York Timesobserved that For all its patness, the movie also has a gritty realism that is not found in many higher-priced versions of the same thing, and its happy ending is not the typical Hollywood leap into fantasy.10InThe Washington Post, Richard Harrington calledRudya sweet-natured family drama in which years of effort are rewarded by a brief moment of glory.11Kenneth Turan of theLos Angeles Timescalled the film Sweet-natured and unsurprising…this is one of those Never Say Die, I Gotta Be Me, Somebody Up There Likes Me sports movies that no amount of cynicism can make much of a dent in.12OnRotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 78%, based on 45 reviews, with an average rating of 6.9/10. The sites consensus reads, Though undeniably sentimental and predictable,Rudysucceeds with an uplifting spirit and determination.13
In 2006, AFI placed the film on its100 Years…100 Cheerslist, where it was ranked 54.14
AFI 100 years… 100 cheersAmerican Film Institute. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
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