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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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Cast

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
Owen Davis Jr.
as Gus Dorais
Dorothy Tree
as Martha Rockne
Johnny Sheffield
as Knute: age 7
John Sheffield
as Knute as a Boy
Nick Lukats
as Harry Stuhldreher
Kane Richmond
as Elmer Laydon
William Marshall
as Don Miller
William Byrne
as James Crowley
John Ridgely
as Reporter
Dutch Hendrian
as Hunk Anderson
Georgie Billings
as Boy Quarterback
Howard Jones
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
Creighton Hale
as Secretary
Lee Phelps
as Army Coach
David Dickinson
as Bill Rockne at Age 10
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
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.

August 23, 2016 | Full Review…

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

January 25, 2008 | Full Review…

Carries both inspirational and dramatic appeal on a wide scale.

January 25, 2008 | Full Review…

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

January 25, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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

August 2, 2006 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

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

March 14, 2005 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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.

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