Rudy

Rudy (1993)

7 factual errors - chronological order

(11 votes)

Factual error: Rudy's high school, Joliet Catholic, was all male when Rudy attended. In the movie, however, there are girls in his class. (00:09:10)

Factual error: The Big Game in Rudy takes place in 1975, which means Rudy started at Holy Cross in 1972. To get to Holy Cross, he takes a bus there. In that touching goodbye scene with his father at the bus station, look at the mural in the back ground. It is a depiction of the New York skyline with the Twin Towers, which were not completed until 1973, after that scene should have taken place. (00:21:20)

Factual error: In at least two scenes, cars from the 1990's can be seen, despite the fact that the film took place two decades earlier. (00:50:00)

Factual error: The film takes place in the mid-70's, yet in some practice sequences (the most glaring being a QB taking a snap face-on), the facemasks used are modern, multi-bar cage-type, and some of the players have Air helmets, not invented yet. (01:26:40)

Factual error: In the scene where Rudy is in the stands watching a game, the scoreboard shows the opponent as Penn State University. Penn State did not play a game in Notre Dame Stadium until 1982. (01:27:35)

Factual error: When Rudy is reading his acceptance letter from Notre Dame, he quotes that he was accepted as a freshman. Earlier in the film, he said to Father Cavanaugh that this was his last chance, because Notre Dame doesn't accept senior transfers. The acceptance letter should have listed him as a junior transfer student.

Factual error: When the players make the turn to go out on the field they slap the "Play like a Champion Today" sign, which wasn't installed until Lou Holtz got there in 1986.

Continuity mistake: In the scene that takes place right before the big game with Georgia Tech (the game Rudy plays in), the stadium shows the Penn State Blue Band on the field playing the Penn State fight song. The game then starts and Notre Dame is playing Georgia tech. (01:39:20 - 01:41:00)

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Rudy: You're the only one who ever took me seriously, Pete.

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Trivia: One of the fans in the stands is actually Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, and he is listed in the credits as "fan in the stands" who can be seen in the last few minutes of the film. You can see the real Rudy sitting directly behind the actors playing Rudy's parents, and he's wearing a plaid flat cap and a dark colored coat with a thick light beige fur collar/lapel. About 15 seconds after the game ending tackle, Ned Beatty, the actor playing Rudy's father, turns around and grabs the real Rudy by his coat collar/lapel, then slaps his chest in joyful celebration.

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Question: Is it Rudy's friend Jim who makes the catch on the halfback pass thrown by Vince Vaughn, Jamie near the end of the Georgia Tech game?

Answer: No.

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