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Rudy ★★½ 1993 (PG)

Likeable, true story about a little guy who triumphs over big odds. Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger (Astin) dreams of playing football for Notre Dame, no matter how farfetched the dream. He's a mediocre student, physically unsuitable for big time college ball, but sheer determination helps him attain his dream. Astin delivers an engaging performance and is backed up by a good supporting cast. Sentimental story stretches the truth with typical shameless Hollywood manipulation, but is still entertaining. From the director and writer of another David beats Goliath sports film, “Hoosiers.” 112m/C VHS, DVD . Robert J. Steinmiller Jr., Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Ned Beatty, Charles S. Dutton, Lili Taylor, Robert Prosky, Jason Miller, Ron Dean, Chelcie Ross, Jon Favreau, Greta Lind, Scott Benjaminson, Christopher Reed; D: David Anspaugh; W: Angelo Pizzo; C: Oliver Wood; M: Jerry Goldsmith.