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 ...
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In the scene where Rockne is in bed with phlebitis and his doctor is exiting the room, there is a framed photograph of the real Knute Rockne hanging on the wall. See more
At 36:22, as Gipp plays with a blade of grass in his mouth, each cut for several seconds is inconsistent. See more
Knute, Age 7
Poppa, don't talk Norwegian, talk American. We're all Americans now, especially me. I'm left end.
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
Referenced in Big Miracle
America the Beautiful
Music by Samuel A. Ward
Played as background music when the Rocknes emigrate to the United States
Reprised as background music often See more