Monday Night Classics: Knute Rockne, All American

July 19, 2021 - 6:30 pm

Event Category: Monday Night Classics
Admission: $14 // $10.75 Members


After starring as a player — and inventing innovations including the forward pass — Norwegian immigrant and Notre Dame football icon Knute Rockne said “I’ve decided to take up coaching as my life work.” And coach he does, revolutionizing football with his strategies, winning close to 90 percent of his games, and helping establish the University of Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish as a gridiron powerhouse — but victories alone do not mean success to Rockne. He wants to shape his players into responsible and honorable men.

This famed sports biopic combines a passion for the game (and footage of actual Notre Dame contests) with two superb performances: Pat O’Brien in the title role and Ronald Reagan as George Gipp, the gifted but doomed halfback whose deathbed plea became one of cinema’s most memorable quotations: “win just one for the Gipper.”

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