Knute Rockne---All American (1940)




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The Knute Rockne legend is largely founded on this Lloyd Bacon biography, in which Pat O'Brien stars as the sainted Notre Dame football coach. In his most famous role, Ronald Reagan plays star quarterback George Gipp, who utters the immortal line "Win one for the Gipper!" Also titled Knockout and A Modern Hero.
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Pat O'Brien
as Knute Rockne
Gale Page
as Bonnie Skiles Rockne
Donald Crisp
as Father John Callahan
John Qualen
as Lars Knutson Rockne
Ronald Reagan
as George Gipp
Albert Basserman
as Father Julius Nieuwland
John Litel
as Committee Chairman
Henry O'Neill
as Doctor
Owen Davis Jr.
as Gus Dorais
Dorothy Tree
as Martha Rockne
John Sheffield
as Knute as a Boy
Johnny Sheffield
as Knute: age 7
Nick Lukats
as Harry Stuhldreher
Kane Richmond
as Elmer Laydon
William Marshall
as Don Miller
William Byrne
as James Crowley
John Ridgely
as Reporter
George Reeves
as Player
Dutch Hendrian
as Hunk Anderson
Georgie Billings
as Boy Quarterback
Howard Jones
as Himself
Bill Spaulding
as Himself
Phil Thorpe
as Boy Center
Dick Jones
as Boy Captain
George A. Billings
as Boy Quarterback
Cliff Clark
as Danny, Post Office Paymaster
William Haade
as Worker
Eddy Chandler
as Worker
Pat Flaherty
as Worker
Creighton Hale
as Secretary
Lee Phelps
as Army Coach
Peter Ashley
as Player
David Dickinson
as Bill Rockne at Age 10
William Hopper
as Reporter
David Bruce
as Reporter
Frank Mayo
as Reporter
Peter B. Good
as Bill Rockne at Age 2
Bunky Fleischman
as Bill Rockne at Age 5
Harry Hayden
as Professor
David Dickson
as Bill Rockne at Age 10
Jack Grant Jr.
as Bill Rockne at Age 14
David Wade
as Knute, Jr. at Age 7
Billy Dawson
as Knute, Jr. at Age 12
Bill Gratton
as Jackie Rockne at Age 4
Patricia Hayos
as Joanne Rockne at Age 10
Frank Coghlan Jr.
as Messenger
Bill Sheffield
as Knute Rockne at Age 4
Charles Trowbridge
as Notre Dame Professor
Pierre Watkin
as Commissioner
Minor Watson
as Committee Member
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Critic Reviews for Knute Rockne---All American

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

As a memorial to a fine and inspiring molder of character in young men, this picture ranks high.

Full Review… | August 23, 2016
New York Times
Top Critic

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

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

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

Josh Hakala
Josh Hakala

Okay, I had an almost complete review written out for this. It talked about Reagan and how I need to stop watching football games. It talked about the fact that "All American" is not just a title for this movie. And then my stupid cat leaned on the keyboard and somehow erased all of it, and I don't care enough to write a new one, because again, football movie.

Edith Nelson
Edith Nelson

Good biography of the famous Notre Dame (U.S.) football coach, and contains that now immortal movie line, "Go in there and win it for the Gipper" Fact is mixed in with the bullshit, but its still one of the best football films glorifying the old college try. Former President Ronnie Regan shows off his shift movements in this one, long before he started to run for elective office. --------------------------------------------- I feel like a bourbon Sam, and play As Time Goes By, not for her, just me.

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