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1993, Sony Repertory, 114 min, USA, Dir: David Anspaugh

Short and slight, with middling grades and little money, Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger (Sean Astin) nonetheless dreams of leaving his working-class community and playing for the University of Notre Dame football team. Tragedy strikes at the steel mill in Rudy’s hometown, prompting the pint-size young man to move to South Bend. After clocking hours at a nearby community college, befriending the socially awkward Notre Dame grad student D-Bob (Jon Favreau, in his film debut) and getting his grades up, Rudy is admitted to the university and convinces Coach Parseghian (Jason Miller) to let him play on the football team’s practice squad. When Coach Parseghian’s promise of Rudy suiting up for one home game is thwarted by the arrival of skeptical new coach Dan Devine (Chelcie Ross), Rudy’s unflinching perseverance to achieve his dream makes for one of the most beloved and inspiring American sports movies ever made. With Ned Beatty as Rudy’s father and Christopher Reed as Rudy’s ill-fated best friend, Pete.

1986, MGM Repertory, 114 min, USA, Dir: David Anspaugh

Gene Hackman is a high school basketball coach in 1950s Indiana whose methods - and his choice of the alcoholic Shooter (Dennis Hopper) as assistant coach - are second-guessed by nearly everyone in town. But his belief that teamwork is more important than star players eventually brings the school to the state championships. Based on actual events, HOOSIERS remains one of the most inspiring sports movies ever made. With Barbara Hershey.

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