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Rudy

Directed by David Anspaugh., Starring Sean Astin, Ned Beatty, Charles S. Dutton, Jason Miller, Lili Taylor and Robert Prosky.

The Hoosiers team (screenwriter Angelo Pizzo and director Anspaugh) regroup for another inspirational sports tale and, surprisingly, again succeed more than they fail. This is the slightest of tales. Remarkably, Astin builds Rudy into an attractive character, and the film is littered with fine performances. Hoosiers is more a scrapbook of old photos with bits of anecdotes attached than a focused narrative built into a film about a town, a team, a coach, a woman and the wonderfully odd power of dreams. Rudy covers the same territory, it is a film about hope, a narrative aimed solely at achieving an ambition. If you resist the ride, this will come across as saccharine and obvious, but powered by such fine performers, the film works. This is an affectionate movie, there are no real villains, no real heroes, just human difficulties and mundane triumphs. Read a full review of Rudy.
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