Lists: Drama, Biopic, Historical, Coming of age, Football movies, Sports underdog

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: 655 (Rank from 1993: # 11)

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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Bryan Lienesch93 - The classic underdog story. Sean Astin is far better in this than in any of his Lord of the Rings work.
Ryan from Ten Stars Or Less90(full review)
Rob from GuysFilmQuest85
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)
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