Rudy (1993)



Critic Consensus: Though undeniably sentimental and predictable, Rudy succeeds with an uplifting spirit and determination.

Movie Info

Since he was a little boy, Rudy Ruttinger (Sean Astin) has idolized the University of Notre Dame and its football team. However, he is a small boy who will inevitably grow up to be a small man. Not only that, but he is not an outstanding student or even a particularly good athlete. His blue-collar family is convinced that he is only asking for heartache by aspiring so far beyond his abilities. For a while Rudy grudgingly accepts this assessment and goes to work in the local steel mill. His dream … More

Rating: PG (Rated PG for mild language.)
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 28, 2001
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


as Daniel

as Parseghian

as Sherry

as Father Cavanaugh

as Pressman

as Young Sherry

as Mark (age 7)

as Mrs. Connally

as Bernie (age 9)

as Mark (age 11)

as Rudy (age 13)

as Bernie (age 13)

as Frank (age 15)

as Johnny (age 17)

as Father Ted

as Father Zajak

as Classroom Priest

as Locker Room Priest

as High School Assistan...

as High School Assistan...

as Boy in Neighborhood

as Player From Sideline...

as Coach Gillespie

as Coach Warren

as Dan Dorman

as Dan Devine

as Pick-up Girl

as Coach Yonto
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Critic Reviews for Rudy

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (10)

[A] well-crafted piece of middle-American uplift.

Full Review… | March 26, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Directed with composure, but no great fervour, the film's conspicuously uninterested in American football, and much concerned with testing the limits and the resilience of the American dream.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

For all its patness, the movie also has a gritty realism that is not found in many higher-priced versions of the same thing, and its happy ending is not the typical Hollywood leap into fantasy.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

It's Ruettiger's persistence that his teammates and the film celebrate. For that, Rudy earns a rousing cheer.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Astin gives these familiar doings the charm they need, as he pushes towards a virtually impossible goal.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

The cheers in the audience at the end were genuine, which is testimony to the likability (although not necessarily the quality) of the film.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Rudy


Rudy is a well made and acted true story about Rudy Ruettiger a down on his luck student who dreams about going to Notre Dame University and playing for the Universities football team, The Fighting Irish. Unfortunately the odds are against him, and there's nothing but bad luck for Rudy. But he perseveres to make his dreams a reality. Rudy is a well made film, but I saw so many films that followed the same path, that when I finally got around to watching Rudy, it seemed clichéd almost. However, what separates this film from the rest of real life "feel good movies" is that it surrounds a kid who beat all odds to attend Notre Dame, and there was some great acting here to boot. If you've seen some "feel good inspiring films" before, then you've seen Rudy, but for what it is, I felt that this story was better written and better told on screen than other films of this caliber. That's the difference from most "feel good" films. Sean Astin gives a terrific performance, and this one of his best roles. In Lord of the Rings, he was terrific, but slightly annoying. However in Rudy, Astin delivers a great, memorable performance. Rudy is a terrific film and though it's a "feel good" film, it manages to actually make you feel, despite its small imperfections. This is a terrific film about not giving up, and watching Rudy not let anything stand in his way is memorable.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Rudy is not just a tale of a brave and determined, its the most inspiring movie in film history, and the greatest sports film ever made. Rudy Ruttiger (Sean Astin) has had a long dream of playing football at Notre Dame, but everybody has always told him he couldn't do it, but ehen his best friend dies he decides to finally live his dream. The plot of this movie was genius, it took us through this real life story and was beautiful, and I will never forget Rudy Ruttiger. The cast was incredible, Sean Astin plays a Oscar worthy performance and has some of the most beautiful moments in film history. The score of this movie was perhaps the great film score in movie history, ever since I was young I have loved this music, and I csn honestly say this is about my #2 favorite film music ever. Rudy is too amazing to describe, and it is honestly (in my opinion) the greatest sports film in history.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

Rudy is about a guy who wanted to play football for the Notre Dame football team. When growing up people said that he does not have want it takes to get into Notre dame. One day he decides that he would not let people push him around any more. Then he begins on a hard journey to make his dream some true. Will he make his dream come true or will he fail big time.
Good acting and plot.
Really moving film.
Based on a true story.
If u wants a good drama you should give this a try.

erika bruhns

Super Reviewer

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