Today's fall movie is Rudy, a great fall choice and football choice, which is perfect timing as football season kicks off. Sean Astin is the idealistic Rudy, whose one big dream in life is to play for the football team at Notre Dame, even though he's too small and he can't get into the school anyway. But he won't take no for an answer and he wants it so badly he's willing to do literally anything, including attending the junior college in a long shot attempt to transfer and making friends with the stadium groundskeeper just so he can look at the field at night. Rudy eventually does realize his dream, and the movie earns its sentimentality through Astin's absolute and heartfelt determination to achieve his goal. This is also one of those films where the score was far better than the movie itself, and you'll probably recognize the Rudy "theme" the minute you hear it, and be stunned to find out this was the film it came from.
Original 1993 Trailer: