- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 1 hours, 54 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: September 26, 2000
- Originally Released: 1993
- Label: Sony Pictures
Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
Packaging: Keep Case
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
Additional Release Material:
- RUDY, THE REAL STORY
- 60 SECONDS WITH SEAN ASTIN
Isolated Music Score
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 10/13/1993
"...A knowing glimpse of working class life....Most important, it has a tough, persuasive performance by Mr. Astin..."
Premiere - 06/01/1994
"...Charming....[Astin] gives an uncomplicated, utterly winning performance..."- Recommended
Variety - 09/27/1993
"...A film that hits all the right buttons, it's an intelligent, sentimental drama that lifts an audience to its feet cheering..."
High School student Rudy Ruettinger dreamed of one day playing football for Notre Dame's Fighting Irish champions. But Rudy's got two obstacles to overcome: his runty build and mediocre academic record make him an unlikely candidate for a school with Notre Dame's athletic and scholastic reputation.
When college chaplain Father Cavanaugh -- won over by Rudy's commitment and perseverance -- helps him get into an affiliated community college, the young man makes good on his promise to work hard. After pulling up his grades and transferring to Notre Dame, Rudy gets the chance of a lifetime, the golden opportunity to realize his life-long dream.
Campus Life |
Family (General) |
Football Players |
Personal Triumph |
Theatrical Release |
- "Rudy," the true story of Daniel E. "Rudy" Ruettiger, was written by the screenwriters of "Hoosiers" -- Angelo Pizzo and David Anspaugh.
- The real Rudy Ruettiger attended Holy Cross before gaining acceptance to Notre Dame. He applied to Notre Dame three times before he was accepted.
After being admitted to Notre Dame, Rudy promised football coach Ara Parseghian, he'd make the team. Rudy's tenacity eventually earned him a spot on the team's scout squad.
After Rudy Ruettiger accomplished his goal of playing for the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, he realized a second goal: seeing his story on the big screen. At first it wasn't easy. "Hollywood is one crazy damned place," Reuttiger told the Boston Globe's Michael Blowen. "It was a mess... I just barged right into it, and trusted people in Hollywood.
- Additional credits: Sam Hoffman, Richard Muessel III (assistant directors); Phil Tuckett, Hank McElwee (assistant directors); Angela Nogaro (key make-up artist); Tammy Kusian (key hairstylist); Daniel E. "Rudy" Ruettiger (consultant); Al Cowlings (football co-ordinator).
- Color by Technicolor.
- Rated BBFC PG by the British Board of Film Classification.