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The Express (2008)

PG  |   |  Biography, Drama, Sport  |  10 October 2008 (USA)
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A drama based on the life of college football hero Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.

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This biopic focuses on the relationship of Ernie Davis (1939-1963), a gifted African-American athlete, and his coach from 1958 to 1962 at Syracuse University, Ben Schwartzwalder (1909-1993). Schwartzwalder recruits Davis with the help of All-American running back, Jim Brown. The civil rights movement is gaining steam; Davis experiences prejudice on campus, in town, and on the field, sometimes from teammates. How he handles it and how he challenges Schwartzwalder to stand up for his players provide a counterpoint to several great seasons that lead first to a national championship and then to the Heismann Trophy. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated PG for thematic content, violence and language involving racism, and for brief sensuality | See all certifications »

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10 October 2008 (USA)  »

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The Express: The Ernie Davis Story  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,562,675 (USA) (10 October 2008)

Gross:

$9,589,875 (USA) (31 October 2008)
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While taking his Cleveland Browns physical, the doctor feels Ernie Davis' neck and asks him if has not been feeling well. Swollen lymph glands on the neck are a symptom of Leukemia. See more »

Goofs

Enroute to Dallas for the Cotton Bowl, the Syracuse team is shown in several shots as riding in one bus, and with empty seats no less. No college football team could fit in one bus, and by the 1960s football and basketball teams routinely were flying to game sites especially for distances as great as between Syracuse, NY, and Dallas, Texas. See more »

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[Last Line]
Ernie Davis: Thing is, I don't know how much more is in front of me, and as you see from the number of pages if you've read this far, I did have a few things to say and I'm not sure hopw to end this, or even if I want to. It's funny. Most people think my life has been all about football. I've even thought that myself. But football is just a game. What matters is what you play for. Sometimes when the game is close and eveything is on the line, that's when you forget the croud and the noise. That's...
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References Stalag 17 (1953) See more »

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What'd I Say
Written by Ray Charles
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Ernie Davis's Story
2 June 2009 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

'The Express', though based on Ernie Davis's life, is given a very Hollywood treatment. The story is uplifting and even inspiring to some, especially how Davis chooses to fight racism, not with violence, but with American football. Yet, the film itself is sugarcoated and has the deja-vu feel. For example, it is easy to predict which team will win (as is the case with most sports film). However, the last 20 minutes were handled well. Those scenes could have easily been melodramatic but the director chooses to play it down here. The background score is very intrusive at times. I thought the issue of racism was well tackled. This isn't 'just another movie about racism' because the conflicts are well depicted and dealt with (like one would think it would be in the 50s). Dennis Quaid definitely moves a step forward from his usual average acting. It's impressive to see him get under the skin of the character rather than play the usual formula. Rob Brown does a fine job and holds his own. Overall, 'The Express' tells an important story about a man who made a difference in American history even though his name is not known to everyone.


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