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Knute Rockne All American Overview:

Knute Rockne All American (1940) was a Sports - Biographical Film directed by Lloyd Bacon and William K. Howard and produced by Hal B. Wallis and Robert Fellows.

Knute Rockne All American was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1997.

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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.


George Gipp: Win one for the Gipper!


Knute Rockne: Now I'm going to tell you something I've kept to myself for years. None of you ever knew George Gipp. He was long before your time, but you all know what a tradition he is at Notre Dame. And the last thing he said to me, "Rock," he said, "sometime when the team is up against it and the breaks are beating the boys, tell them to go out there with all they've got and win just one for the Gipper. I don't know where I'll be then, Rock," he said, "but I'll know about it and I'll be happy."


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James Cagney, eager to break out of gangster roles, lobbied hard for the part of Knute Rockne. But Cagney had signed a petition in support of the anti-Catholic Republican government in the Spanish Civil War. Notre Dame University had control over all aspects of the filming and would not okay Cagney for the role.
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).
The unnamed "disease" that killed George Gipp wasn't a disease, it was actually complications from strep throat.
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National Film Registry

Knute Rockne All American

Released 1940
Inducted 1997
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