Rudy (Special Edition) (Widescreen) (1993)

  • Web Code: M1865297
  • Other formats: DVD
  • Release Date: 09-26-2000
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Overview

One of the most heartwarming tales ever committed to film, the true story of Daniel E. "Rudy" Ruettinger (Sean Astin, THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy) is an underdog drama that escapes--for the most part--the pitfalls of sentimentality. Set in 1960s Joliet, Illinois, Rudy lives in a staunchly blue-collar steelworkers' community. Despite his obsession with Notre Dame and college football, Rudy goes to work in the mill alongside his father and brothers directly after his high school graduation. It takes the accidental death of his best friend to inspire Rudy to pursue his dream of playing for Notre Dame. As everyone in his life is quick to point out, Rudy lacks the brains, brawn, and financial means to ever achieve his goal, but he sets out for South Bend just the same, enrolling in a junior college and trying out for the team as a walk-on. Eventually Rudy becomes a member of the practice team, where he displays such a strength of heart and fierceness of will that he touches and inspires all those around him, including the groundskeeper, Fortune (Charles Dutton), the tough-talking coach (Jason Miller), and even his nay saying father (Ned Beatty). Director David Anspaugh, who scored a previous hit with 1986's HOOSIERS, delivers an earnest sports film that concentrates on character and detail, with Sean Astin turning in a remarkably understated, subtle performance.
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.
Theatrical Release Date 1993
Format DVD
Number of Discs 1

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  • Release Info
  • Collector Edition
    Y
  • Director Cut
    N
  • Number Of Discs
    1
  • Genre
    Dramas
  • Distributor
    Sony Pictures Home
  • Area
    USA
  • Video
  • Runtime (minutes)
    114
  • Picture
    Color
  • Audio
  • Language
    English
  • Dubbed
    French
  • Subtitles
    Chinese, English, French, Korean, Spanish, Thai
  • Closed Caption
    English
  • Release Note
  • Notes:
    DVD Features:

    Region 1
    Keep Case
    Widescreen
    Audio:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    Additional Release Material:
    Trailers
    Featurettes - 1. RUDY, THE REAL STORY
    2. PRODUCTION
    3. 60 SECONDS WITH SEAN ASTIN
    Isolated Music Score
    Text/Photo Galleries:
    Talent Files
    "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.
  • Release Date
    09/26/00
  • Theatrical Release
    1993
  • Rating
    PG (MPAA)
  • Format
    DVD
  • Unedited Version
    N

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times 10-13-1993 "...A knowing glimpse of working class life....Most important, it has a tough, persuasive performance by Mr. Astin..."
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..."
Premiere 06-01-1994 "...Charming....[Astin] gives an uncomplicated, utterly winning performance..."<BR>- Recommended

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