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All his life, people have told Rudy he's not good enough, not smart enough, not big enough. But nothing can stop his impossible dream of playing football for Notre Dame. From the time he's a young boy, Rudy (Sean Astin) is determined to join the Fighting Irish. But his blue collar family only laughs at his ambitions - they know Rudy will follow his father and brothers to the local steel mill. And, for four long years after high school, he does just that. But some dreams won't die, as Rudy proves when he goes to heroic, occasionally hilarious, lengths to win admission to Notre Dame. Once there, he becomes a walk-on player, serving as little more than a human tackling dummy against the starting players. Bloodied but unbeaten, Rudy wins the respect of legendary coach Ara Parseghian and the other Irish players, who give him one shot at gridiron glory. An incredible true story from the creators of Hoosiers, RUDY is an unforgettable testament to the power of dreams and the triumph of the com
- Exclusive Featurette: "Rudy, The Real Story"
- Original Featurette: "The Production"
- Featurette: "60 Seconds with Sean Astin"
- Talent Files (Director David Anspaugh, Sean Astin, John Favreau and Ned Beatty)
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Wolfgang M. Schwartzenweintraub.
Rudy Ruettiger, played by Sean Astin, is one of many children born into a lower class family of steel mill workers. Not surprisingly the family is devoted to football, specifically the team from their local university, Notre Dame. Sprouting from this base of economic hardship and team idolatry, a dream is born. Rudy, at a very young age, makes up his mind that he will one day play on his families favourite team.
It is clear to everyone except Rudy that he has no chance. He is small, poor and not overly bright. He doesn't even show any brilliance playing high school football, although he plays with unmatched enthusiasm. So the avenues open to him which would allow entry into the Notre Dame football team seem non existent.
I particularly like the scene where Rudy's Dad, Danny, played by Ned Beatty, tries to convince him to aim at a more modest target. He describes how his own Father, an immigrant, gambled his whole life savings on a farm during the depression. Naturally he lost everything. This taught Danny the value of caution and the danger of dreams. But it is water off a ducks back to Rudy.
Never giving up, Rudy struggles to take any avenue which would bring him closer to his goal. Whilst most people that he meets actively discourage him, a few seem to see, with wonder, the strength of his conviction. He is portrayed as a single minded man, yes. But he also has a lot of compassion. What a great example he makes of how one can assert the right to fight for a goal whilst still holding out a helping hand to others along the way.
In a word, this film is inspirational. If you feel the world is getting to be too much to handle, watch Rudy. I guarantee you will feel recharged.