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Cast & Credits:
Daniel E. "Rudy" Reuttiger: Sean Astin
D-Bob: Jon Favreau
Daniel Reuttiger: Ned Beatty
Fortune: Charles S. Dutton
Ara Parsegian: Jason Miller
Father Cavanaugh: Robert Prosky
Sherry: Lili Taylor
Dan Dveine: Chelcie Ross
Pete: Christopher Reed
Frank: Scott Benjaminson
Mary: Greva Lind
Director: David Anspaugh
Prodcuers: Robert Fried & Cary Woods
Writer: Angelo Pizzo & David Anspaugh
Studio: TriStar Pictures
Release Date: 1993
Run Time: 1 hour, 54 minutes

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"You're 5 foot nothin' and you have nearly a speck of athletic ability. And you hung in there with the best college football team in the land for 2 years. And you're getting a degree from the University of Notre Dame. In this life, you don't have to prove nothin' to nobody but yourself."

- Fortune (Charles S. Dutton) in Rudy


High School student Rudy Ruettiger 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, Holy Cross in South Bend, the young man makes good on his promise to work hard. After pulling up his grades and transferring to Notre Dame, Rudy faces doubters on the football team and on campus. But despite a heart breaking coaching change, Rudy finally gets the chance of a lifetime, the golden opportunity to realize his life-long dream on the football field at Notre Dame.


Sean Astin as Rudy.

Daniel E. "Rudy" Ruettiger. On the sideline in 1975 and as a inspirational speaker in 2001. (Photos courtesy of Rudy International.)


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