“[addressing players at the walk-on tryouts] Let me tell it to you as clean as I can. We have 95 players here so accomplished as athletes in high school, we gave them full scholarships to the best football program in the country. NCAA regulations allow us to dress just 60 for home games, which means at least 35 scholarship players are gonna be watching the game from the stands. So if any of you has any fantasies about running out of that stadium tunnel with your gold helmet shining in the sun, you best leave them right here. Of you 15 dreamers out there maybe we’ll keep one or two. My job is to basically beat the shit out of you for the next 5 days, and whoever is still standing at the end, maybe we’ll use for our scout teams. You’ll be running the oppositions plays week in and week out. The greatest value to us is we don’t care whether you get hurt. Our first teams are going to pound on you like you’re their worst enemies. Like what you hear so far? Any of you wanna run home to momma? Now’s your chance. Joe, they’re all yours. ” – Coach Warren
Number of Times Seen – 3 (25 Oct 2006, Jan 2012 and 3 Dec 2015)
Brief Synopsis – A man who dreams of one day playing college football for Notre Dame will do anything he can to fulfill his dream despite everyone around him telling him that it’s an impossible dream to achieve.
My Take on it – I love movies like this that really give us an inspirational story that makes you proud of what the characters have accomplished by the end of the movie.
I know that many movies ” Based on a true story” are changed in order to make them more Hollywood Friendly and they add scenes that never really happened, but despite the ones here, this movie still remains a favorite of mine.
The Jersey scene (which is reportedly not true) is known for being among the most inspirational scenes in sports movie history and makes my eyes tear up every time I have seen it (even when not within the context of the movie itself).
I have always been a fan of Sean Astin ever since The Goonies (1985) and he is a very under-rated leading actor. He is superb here in the title role and we really feel the efforts and heart of his character in every scene. I really wish he would be given more leading roles.
The supporting cast is no less talented as Astin and is filled with many great actors; Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty, Robert Prosky, Charles S. Dutton, Ron Dean, John Beasley and even Vince Vaughn in a small role are all wonderful here.
The message here comes across loud and clear about following one’s dreams and it is done in such an inspirational way that it’s hard to not appreciate the story being told here.
Bottom Line – Very inspirational movie based on a true story that has probably been more glamorized by its Hollywoodization, but still gets the point across. Astin is amazing in the title role. Excellent supporting cast. Great message about continuing to pursue one’s dreams. The jersey scene always makes me tear up. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – One of only two movies shot on Notre Dame’s campus. The other was Knute Rockne All American (1940). (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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