Award winning composer Jerry Goldsmith composed and conducted music for this classic film about a driven walk-on football player for Notre Dame (played by Sean Astin) who remains an inspiration to everyone who hears the story.
Although it received no awards, Jerry Goldsmith’s music for this endearing football drama is his most-heard work after Patton. Goldsmith reteamed with the filmmakers of Hoosiers for this similar true-life account of a sports underdog, in this case pint-size Rudy Ruettiger, who dreamed of playing for Notre Dame. Goldsmith is at his best finding the rhythmic Middle America, and the “Tryouts” track illustrates Goldsmith’s playful variations of a common movie theme.
The fully orchestrated, grandstanding finale is a stirring piece of music that inspires in its own right. These building themes – with a motif of Western movie flair – have made this soundtrack well known, but not connected with the film. Numerous studios have used the score for coming-attraction trailers (including the seemingly passive Good Will Hunting). The full soundtrack is well worth having versus just hearing the oft-used bits.