MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +3 1/2

Content: -1 1/2

Even as a boy, Rudy Ruettiger (Sean Astin) dreams of attending the University of Notre Dame and playing football for the Fighting Irish. His high school grades aren't good enough for admittance, so he enrolls in a junior college near Notre Dame and continues to apply for admission. Just to be near the team, he gets a job on the work crew which maintains the Notre Dame football field. When finally admitted to Notre Dame, he goes out for football tryouts even though he is much smaller than the other players. He is almost slaughtered by the larger men, but doggedly perseveres and wins their admiration. But the coaches aren't convinced Rudy can become a competitive player, and are reluctant to let him play a game. At times, his spirit is almost broken, but he is encouraged by Fortune (Charles Dutton), head of the maintenance crew, and a Catholic priest, Father Cavanaugh (Robert Prosky). Even when Rudy 's senior year rolls around in 1975, he hasn't been allowed to play a game, but his teammates have a different idea. Rudy's winsome personality and indomitable spirit make this film a real joy.

Rudy comes from a large, low income family which is supportive and loving. More than anything else, he wants to make something of himself and for his father (Ned Beatty) to be proud of him. One of his teachers discourages him from trying to attend Notre Dame, and his dad is apprehensive, but Rudy is undaunted. Once at Notre Dame, the bond he develops with Father Cavanaugh and Fortune is a great encouragement. On occasions, Rudy is shown praying and both his teammates and a priest pray for the team. Tragically, though, the dialogue is marred by a number of obscenities, including several s-words and many profanities. However, one of Rudy's friends who frequently takes the Lord's name in vain decides to quit at the insistence of his fiancee. Without its foul language, RUDY would be among the finest. Based on the real life story of Daniel Ruettiger, it's scheduled to open in mid to late October.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
Tri-Star Pictures, 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (15) times - Mild 10, Moderate 5.

Obscene Language: Many (12) times (s-word 6, others 6)

Profanity: Several (12) times - Regular

Violence: Few times - Moderate (Fist fight in bar, man killed in accident, bone crushing hits in football games)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Several times (Beer drinking in bars and at parties)

Other: None

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