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Brief 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."

Overall Ranking: 578 (Rank from 1993: # 10)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 80%
Regular 0%
Half-Popped 20%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
Bryan Lienesch93 - The classic underdog story. Sean Astin is far better in this than in any of his Lord of the Rings work.
Comedy: 2
Sex Appeal: 1
Scary: 1
Rewatch: 6
Ryan from Ten Stars Or Less90(full review)
Rob from GuysFilmQuest85Comedy: 2
Sex Appeal: 0
Scary: 0
Rewatch: 7
J Bumgardner85
David Baruffi61

People Involved

  • Sean Astin (Daniel E. Rudy Ruettiger)
  • Jon Favreau (D-Bob)
  • Ned Beatty (Daniel Ruettiger)
  • Greta Lind (Mary)
  • Scott Benjaminson (Frank Ruettiger)
  • Mary Ann Thebus (Betty)
  • Charles S. Dutton (Fortune)
  • Lili Taylor (Sherry)
  • Christopher Reed (Pete)
  • Deborah Wittenberg (Young Sherry)
  • Christopher Erwin (7-Year-Old Mark)
  • Kevin Duda (9-Year-Old Bernie)
  • Robert Benirschke (11-Year-Old Mark)
  • Luke Massery (13-Year-Old Rudy)
  • Robert J. Steinmiller Jr. (13-Year-Old Pete)
  • David Anspaugh (Director)