Knute Rockne---All American (1940)




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Knute Rockne-All American was Pat O'Brien's finest hour: thanks to intensive rehearsals and numerous makeup applications, he so closely resembled the title character that, in the words of Rockne's widow, "I almost expected him to make love with me". The life of the legendary Notre Dame football coach is recounted from his childhood, when young Rockne (played by Johnny Sheffield) startles his Norwegian-immigrant parents by announcing at the dinner table that he's just been introduced to "the most … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Robert Buckner
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On DVD: Aug 15, 2006
Warner Home Video


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Critic Reviews for Knute Rockne---All American

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Perhaps Ronald Reagan's greatest talent was his ability to float to the top.

Full Review… | January 25, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Carries both inspirational and dramatic appeal on a wide scale.

Full Review… | January 25, 2008
Top Critic

Corn doesn't grow any higher than this male bonding tribute to testosterone.

Full Review… | January 25, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The corny and sentimental, but it set the bar for all future sports pictures.

Full Review… | August 2, 2006
Movie Metropolis

It set the way for how the Hollywood sports biography was to be subsequently made.

Full Review… | March 14, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Knute Rockne---All American

The one genre from the 30's and 40's that suffers the most is easily the biopic. There are some great ones from this era, but most of them are the paint by number biopics like Knute Rockne. You see tragedy approaching from a mile away and they are filled with unrealistic and wild statements like "Look there, the forward pass, that's gonna change football forever!" I love films from this era and almost all of them have a line or two like this, but Knute Rockne and many other biopics from this time are littered from beginning to end with this garbage. The performances aren't bad, it's just the structure is flawed and makes the film goofy. I am glad that biopics nowadays don't suffer the same fate as......wait a minute.

cody franklin

Super Reviewer

A must for any Notre Dame fan, but what I found most interesting is how accurate it was (by Hollywood standards).

while there's nothing especially stellar about this film--writing, acting, story progression, etc--it does possess a few redeeming qualities. Rock's speech in front of the college athletics evaluation committee was just outstanding, and the stock footage of old games is even to this day some great football. overall, I thought the story was pretty weak and relied way too heavily on montage, but it's still a decent tribute to a true sports icon and the film sets a solid precedent for the great sports films to follow.

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