Release: October 13, 1993
Release: October 13, 1993

A young man learns to let nothing stop him from realizing his ambitions in this drama, based on a true story. Ever since he was a little boy, Rudy Ruettiger (Sean Astin) has dreamed of attending Notre Dame University, and playing on the Fighting Irish football team. However, Rudy's dream doesn't seem very practical; Daniel (Ned Beatty), his father, works in a steel mill and can ill afford to send his son to Notre Dame, while Rudy's grades are not especially impressive, and standing a shade over five feet tall and weighing a little over 100 pounds, Rudy is hardly built for the gridiron. However, with the help of Father Cavanaugh (Robert Prosky), a sympathetic priest, Rudy is admitted to nearby Holy Cross, and in his junior year manages to squeak into Notre Dame as a transfer student. Rudy works as an assistant to the football stadium's groundskeeper, Fortune (Charles S. Dutton), to pay his tuition (often sleeping in Fortune's office since he can't afford a room), studies diligently, and appears at tryouts for the football team. Rudy is made a member of the practice team, which means he's little more than a human tackling dummy, but Coach Ara Parseghian (Jason Miller) is impressed with Rudy's devotion and determination, and pledges that he'll allow him to dress for one game before he graduates, so his name can be recorded as an official member of the team. However, the arrival of a new coach and a tough season that allows for few unnecessary players may put a stop to Rudy's dreams within sight of the finish line. Rudy also stars Jon Favreau, Lili Taylor, and Scott Benjaminson.

Fortune: "You're 5-ft. nothin', 100 and nothin', and you have barely a speck of athletic ability. …And you hung in there with the best college football players in the land for 2 years. And you're gonna walk outta here with a degree from the University of Notre Dame."
Fortune: "[cntd.] In this life, you don't have to prove nothin' to nobody but yourself. …And after what you've gone through, if you haven't done that by now, it ain't gonna never happen. Now go on back."
Steele: "Rudy,are you ready for this, champ?"
Rudy: "I've been ready for this my whole life!"
Steele: "Then you take us out on the field."
Father Cavanaugh: "Son, in 35 years of religious study, I have only come up with two hard incontrovertible facts"
Dan Devine: "No one, and I mean no one, comes into our house and pushes us around."
Dan Devine: "You already know this but this is the most important game of your lives, no excuses do the work. Our lady of victory"
Rudy: "We're gonna go inside, we're gonna go outside, inside and outside. We're gonna get 'em on the run boys and once we get 'em on the run we're gonna keep 'em on the run. And then we're gonna go go go go go go and we're not gonna stop til we get across that goalline. This is a team they say is... is good, well I think we're better than them. They can't lick us, so what do you say men?"
D-Bob: "We've had a hell of a goddamn run haven't we?"
Frank: "As long as my brother talks this crazy Notre Dame shit, he deserves anything that comes his way!"
Pete: "Well, you know what my dad always said, Having dreams is what makes life tolerable."
Rudy: "You're the only one who ever took me seriously, Pete."
D-Bob: "Remember Elza? She's my girl now. We're engaged. Ain't that goddamn something?"
Elza: "Dennis!"
D-Bob: "Oh yeah, I ain't allowed to say "goddamn" no more."
Rudy: "Mary, Mary quite contrary. What makes your garden grow?"
Rudy: "This entire year's been a waste! I've just blown another year of eligibility!"
Fortune: "You got your head so far up your ass about that damn football team, you don't get the fact that you just got a year of top quality education! Waste? Quit wasting my time!"
Daniel: "You're a Ruettiger! There's nothing in the world wrong with being a Ruettiger!"
Frank: "If you are a part of that team, then my opinion of Notre Dame football just hit the shits!"
Frank: "That semester at junior college sure didn't make you any smarter."
Frank: "Ara again? You gonna get an autographed picture and kiss it every night before you go to bed?"
Rudy: "What is your problem?"
Frank: "Or maybe he'll give you permission to wipe his ass."
Daniel: "[Upon entering Notre Dame Stadium] This is the most beautiful sight these eyes have ever seen!"
Rudy: "Coach I just wanted to thank you for letting be a part of this football program this year."
Ara Parseghian: "Rudy, I never I thought I'd be saying this but it's been an honor."
Rudy: "But I've come to realize that God made some people out to be football players and that I'm not one of them."
Ara Parseghian: "I wish God would put your heart in some of my players bodies."
Rudy: "[laughs] Yea, I have this wish to let my father watch one of his sons play football for the Irish and I was wondering if I could possibly dress for one game next season?"
Ara Parseghian: "Rudy the NCAA is really strict with this 60 player rule, and in some positions we only have one backup and you know that every year we are competing for the national championship. Is this wish just for your father?"
Rudy: "No its for everyone who told me that being a Norte Dame Football player would be impossible. My brothers, the guys I work with at the mill they can't come to practice and see that I am a part of this team."
Ara Parseghian: "[sighs] OK."
Rudy: "OK?"
Ara Parseghian: "You deserve it. You will dress for one game next season."
Rudy: "[can barely hold in his excitement] Thank You Coach!"
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