Rudy Review by Sputnik

Rudy has always been told that he was too small to play college football. But he is determined to overcome the odds and fulfill his dream of playing for Notre Dame.

Movie started off well with the whole underdog thing. But at many places he seemed more like a crazy guy than a man with a dream or a mission and he was lucky to get help that he got which many others would not have. While the movie showed that he put a lot of heart and fight during the training sessions it felt like that the others looked at him more with sympathy because of his lack of height/physique and that the final game was more like a charity thing. I thought that the movie would be of him becoming a successful player but it turned out that he played just one game.

The scene where the players offer their jerseys was so cheesy and did not happen in reality. Neither did the Rudy chant happen in reality. They also added some drama with the new coach being against him and Rudy quitting and all that which never happened. Sean Astin was good as Rudy. Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty, Charles S. Dutton were good.

“The real life Dan Devine was actually the one who insisted on playing Rudy in his final game. Hell, even when the movie was being made, Devine gave the filmmakers permission to turn him into the film’s villain in order to help Rudy, who he considered a good friend.” Link

What’s damning about the movie is this and this is confirmed from Rudy’s own website too (Link). “By the way, ever wonder who saw Rudy play that day and got so inspired he just had to make it into a movie? Nobody. It was Rudy himself who spent a full decade trying to convince studios that his life was so awesome it deserved a movie, before one of them finally relented. That’s the spirit, little guy!”

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