His treatment in the movie, I feel, is what prevents Rudy from being a mostly-loved movie from a near-universally loved movie.
Some people will never forgive the moviemakers, for the convenience of drama, for changing the reality of his coaching career.
Yet despite this fact, actor Chelcie Ross manages to deliver one of the iconic halftime locker-room speeches in cinema. You're not really supposed to like him, as the movie goes, but somehow he manages this great line:
"No one, and I mean no one, comes into our house and pushes us around."
It's great because it is a universal football concept. Bowl-eligibility, conference games, even in playing out a 3-8 season, it doesn't matter. Nobody wants to play the game of football and get pushed around, ever, but to be pushed around at home? Somewhere, you have to draw a line.
This weekend, Yale pushed us around. At home. There's no hiding it. They weren't always pretty doing it - the Bulldogs made a fair number of mistakes in the form of penalties and turnovers. But ultimately, they won the game because they pushed us around.
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