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Rudy (Special Edition) (Sous-titres français)

Sean Astin , Jon Favreau , David Anspaugh    Unrated   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
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This 1993 film by David Anspaugh (Hoosiers) is slowly building a reputation as a minor highlight of '90s movies. Based on a true story, Rudy stars Sean Astin as Rudy Ruettiger, a blue-collar kid whose father (Ned Beatty) worships Notre Dame football but who would never dare to dream that any of his sons could be a part of the team. The film is entirely about Ruettiger's ceaseless if sometimes wavering commitment toward that goal, despite tremendous obstacles in physical stature, education requirements, the dismissiveness of coaches, poverty, his father's envy, and endless delays of one kind or another. This is the sort of film that looks back on a life and says the battle was its own reward, not the glory. Astin is very moving as a boy who becomes a man and watches his world change, often in unexpected ways, through painful determination. Great support from Beatty, Lili Taylor as a hometown girl, and Robert Prosky and Charles S. Dutton as two valuable mentors. --Tom Keogh

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Follow Your Dreams Aug. 18 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Based on a true story of one mans dream to one day play football for the University of Notre Dame,"Rudy" is a true inspirational masterpiece. Directed by David Anspaugh, the story begins with everyone telling "Rudy" he's not big enough or smart enough to go to college, he shows all antagonist's what perserverance can do. Born into a blue collar family, Rudy was expected to follow in his father and brothers footsteps at the local steelmill and did until a tragedy enticed him to follow his dreams. Facing incredible adversity, through sheer determination, Rudy shows his father played by Ned Beatty and all those who said he could'nt, he can. After finally gaining admission to Notre Dame, he gains the respect of all those who touched him. Set in the 70's with most of the filming on the campus of Notre Dame, this is a must see for all those who ever doubted themselves. One of my all time favorites that everyone should see. I still find it hard to believe this film was never nominated for any awards. A true masterpiece!! Released in 1994 by Tristar Pictures, Running Time: approximately 113 minutes
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My Four Star rating reflects both overall enjoyment while seeing the film (Five Stars) and occasional irritation with director Anspaugh's manipulative strategies insofar as emotions are concerned (Three Stars). The dramatic impact of Rudy Ruettiger's struggles to suit up for, if not play in a Notre Dame football game is diminished by such manipulation. That said, Sean Astin is wholly credible as Rudy. Other noteworthy performances are provided by Ned Beatty (Rudy's father, Daniel), Charles S. Dutton (Fortune), Robert Prosky (Father Cavenaugh), Jon Favreau (D-Bob), Lili Taylor (Sherry), and Scott Benjaminson (Frank). Both the "Real Rudy" and the "Reel Rudy" faced two significant barriers to being admitted to Notre Dame and then playing in a varsity football game: weak grades and diminutive size. Eventually, through tenacious study while enrolled at nearby Holy Cross College, both Rudys are finally admitted to Notre Dame; through rigorous training, both then became fit enough to be selected to play on the practice (i.e. fodder) squad. And finally, both play (the "Real Rudy" for 27 seconds) in the last home game against Georgia Tech in 1975.
Others have their own reasons for liking this film so much. Here are three of mine. First, the casting of Astin in the lead role. His performance is endearing, to be sure, but also convincing. Hence my discomfort with Anspaugh's use of gimmicks when none is necessary. Second, the exteriors shot on the Notre Dame campus which is especially lovely during each of the four seasons. I really did feel as if I were tagging along with Rudy as he attends classes, works for Fortune as a member of the stadium's groundskeeping crew, and then participates in especially brutal team practices.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A worthy film; DVD is skimpy on extras Dec 30 2002
This 1993 gem is only the second film to be shot on the Notre Dame campus (following Knute Rockne: All-American in the 1930s) and it follows Rudy's struggle to overcome dozens of obstacles and realize his abbreviated dream of playing for the Fighting Irish football team.
The plot and dramatic music can get schmaltzy at times, but the campus shots are beautiful and captures a bit of the Notre Dame mystique visitors and alumns claim to feel when walking under the Golden Dome. Rudy is persistent in his struggle, and Sean Astin masterfully plays him so he remains sympathetic without becoming annoying. Look for appearances by former Notre Dame president Fr. Ted Hesburgh, a young Vince Vaughan and Lili Taylor and a great big Jon Favreau as Rudy's pal. The football game scenes during the film's climax capture a bit of the gameday atmosphere in South Bend; more importantly, they capture Rudy's focus and realization that he has reached his life's goal.
I was disappointed in the selection of extras included on the disc. I enjoyed the impressive mini documentary interview with the real Rudy Ruettiger (which debunked some of the critiques I heard comparing the film with the real story), but I was disappointed that scenes of the film's premiere in South Bend were left off (they were included on some "Special Editions" of the VHS tape).
Second, where was the trailer for the film? I can't believe that the disc's producers included irrelevant trailers for "Brian's Song" & "Jerry Maguire" (the only connection I can see here is that they also deal with football and redemption, but that's it) and left off the "Rudy" trailers.
Perhaps in 2003 the producers will release a 10-year anniversary edition of the DVD and correct some of these omissions and unnecessary additions.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I've been ready for this my whole life April 23 2003
By Tom
This is a classic movie of an underdog going against all odds and proving many people wrong; that dreams can come true and the impossible is possible. There simply was no quit in Rudy.
If there's a difference from the original DVD of "Rudy" and this one, I do not know. It's a great movie to buy or rent. Either way, you get to see a kid become a man with his heart, his brains, his determination, and his ability to take pain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rudy is a classic
A must own for any man, I just bought two versions of it when I found out two clients hadn't seen it and I sent it to them. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rob Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy!
This is my dads favourite movie. I ordered it and in days it got to me in perfect condition. Great football movie for all the fans out there.
Published 20 months ago by Erica Dale
5.0 out of 5 stars Audio
mon film de football préféré et Ce Blu-ray contiens le doublage québécois aussi et livraison rapide et très bon prix
Published on July 24 2012 by plam891
1.0 out of 5 stars Drivel!
Woo hoo! So he wanted to play football for Notre Lame, and he waited and tried really really hard and he cried about it and he walked on to the team and he cried some more. Read more
Published on June 22 2004 by Brad Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly enjoyable crowd pleaser
I have seen critics dismissed this movie as highly predictable and manipulative. And they are probably right. But it doesn't mean it can't be a highly enjoyable film. Read more
Published on April 17 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars So much more than your ordinary sports movie!
From the time he was a young boy, everyone had told Rudy Ruettiger (Sean Astin) that he was too small, too weak, and not smart enough to accomplish his ultimate goal - to play... Read more
Published on March 11 2004 by Monika
"Rudy" (1993) is one of those stories that could only be told about an institution like Notre Dame University. Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2004 by Steven R. Travers
1.0 out of 5 stars Rudy was a professional pest.
A gifted athelete that overcame the odds? No. A stellar career in college sports? No. An enormous desire to have a Notre Dame education? No. Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2004 by "nowonn"
1.0 out of 5 stars Rudy was a professional pest.
A gifted athelete that overcame the odds? No. A stellar career in college sports? No. An enormous desire to have a Notre Dame education? No. Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2004 by "nowonn"
5.0 out of 5 stars Who's the wild man now
This is one of the best inspirational movies ever. I love true stories and this is one of my favorites. Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2004 by murph
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