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Knute Rockne All American (1940)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Sport | 5 October 1940 (USA)
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The story of legendary Notre Dame football player and coach Knute Rockne.

Directors:

Lloyd Bacon, William K. Howard (uncredited)

Writers:

Robert Buckner (original screen play), Mrs. Knute Rockne (based upon: private papers of, and the reports of Rockne's intimate associates and friends) (as Mrs. Rockne)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pat O'Brien ... Knute Rockne
Gale Page ... Bonnie Skiles Rockne
Ronald Reagan ... George Gipp
Donald Crisp ... Father John Callahan C.S.C.
Albert Bassermann ... Father Julius Nieuwland (as Albert Basserman)
John Litel ... Committee Chairman
Henry O'Neill ... Doctor Treating Knute
Owen Davis Jr. ... Charles 'Gus' Dorais
John Qualen ... Lars Knutson Rockne
Dorothy Tree ... Martha Rockne
Johnny Sheffield ... Knute Rockne - Age 7 (as John Sheffield)
Moreau Choir of Notre Dame Moreau Choir of Notre Dame ... Moreau Choir (as The Moreau Choir of Notre Dame)
Nick Lukats Nick Lukats ... Harry Stuhldreher - The Four Horsemen
Kane Richmond ... Elmer Layden - The Four Horsemen
William Marshall ... Don Miller - The Four Horsemen
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Storyline

Lars Rockne and his family, including his four year old son Knute, emigrate to Chicago in 1892 from their native Norway. By his mid-twenties Knute saves enough to attend obscure Notre Dame University, where he excels in football and chemistry. He and a teammate develop the forward pass as an offensive weapon while working as life guards on summer break and use it to upset heavily favored Army in a historic game. After graduation Rockne becomes a teacher while coaching part-time but ultimately abandons academics to devote all his energies to football. During his tenure as head coach at the school, he develops such outstanding players as George Gipp, who dies prematurely from a strep infection, and the Four Horseman while introducing many innovative tactics including the backfield shift. Rockne, known for his staccato motivational speeches, devotes his life to maintaining the integrity of the sport he loves and promoting it as an integral component in the development of the American ... Written by duke1029

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Modern Hero See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The movie's line "Tell 'em to go out there with all they got and win just one for the Gipper." was voted as the #89 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100). See more »

Goofs

The movie shows the score of the famous "win one for the Gipper" game as a 7-6 Notre Dame victory over Army. It also showed the score 6-0 in favor of Army at halftime. In fact, the halftime score was 0-0 and the final was a 13-6 Notre Dame victory. See more »

Quotes

Father John Callahan: Who can say for certain what a man was really born to be? That's God's will. Someday Knute will find his right place in the world, and when he does, whether it be science or not, I have a feeling it will be the one he was meant to do.
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Alternate Versions

For years TV prints of "Knute Rockne All-Amercian" deleted about 13 minutes of footage, including the famous "Win one for the Gipper" speech, for legal reasons concerning the George Gipps family. When the US video version was released in 1998, all the deleted scenes were restored, and seen for the first time since the original theatrical showings. The restored, complete print has since been released on DVD (as of 2006) and is now available for television viewings. See more »

Connections

Referenced in M*A*S*H: Rainbow Bridge (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Carolina in the Morning
(1922) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Played at the show Rockne treats the boys to
Reprised on piano as Rockne rehearses a new football play
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A must see for any football fan.
3 February 2001 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

This is the life story of probably the most famed football coach, Knute Rockne. 'Rock' gained fame with his pep talks that led to many memorable victories for his beloved Notre Dame football team.

Pat O'Brien probably turns in the best performance of his career as Coach Rockne. Ronald Reagan portrays the dying George Gipp of the "win one for the Gipper" fame. Also in the cast are Donald Crisp, Owen Davis Jr., Gale Page and John Litel. Johnny Sheffield, who played Boy in the Tarzan series, plays Rockne at age 7.

Father of the forward pass and backfield shift inspired even the non-football fans during his era in the limelight. This is a football classic you can enjoy watching again and again.


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