All his life, people have told Rudy he's not good enough. But nothing can stop his pursuit of the impossible dream of playing football for Notre Dame.
From the time he's a young boy, Rudy (Sean Astin) is determined to join the Fighting Irish. His blue-collar family only laughs at his ambitions; they think Rudy's not cut out to be a football star. For four long years after high school, it seems he's destined to follow in his father's and brothers' footsteps to a job at the local steel mill. But some dreams don't die. Rudy goes to heroic, hilarious, heartbreaking lengths to win admission to Notre Dame. Once there, he becomes a walk-on player, serving as a human tackling-dummy against the starting players. Bloodied but undefeated, Rudy wins the respect of legendary coach Ara Parseghian and the other Irish players, who give him one shot at gridiron glory. An incredible, true story from the creators of Hoosiers, Rudy is an unforgettable testament to the power of dreams and the triumph of the common man.