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The Express (2008)

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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He changed our country... one yard at a time.

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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)  »

Also Known As:

The Express: The Ernie Davis Story  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Trivia

Career team record at Syracuse: 11-0 in 1959, 7-2 in 1960, and 8-3 in 1961. See more »

Goofs

In the movie, the team is told outside the Cotton Bowl that the hotel where the banquet is held will not allow the team's black players to attend, and the team decides to skip the banquet and go for barbecue. In real life, the entire team, including the black players, attended the banquet awards ceremonies. Once the awards were over, the team was informed that the three black players could not stay for the dinner or dancing. The team stood up and left the banquet before dinner began. Afterward, two different establishments hosted them for dinner. 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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Connections

References Wings of the Hawk (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Choo Choo Ch' Boogie
Written by Vaughn Horton, Denver Darling, Milton Gabler
Performed by Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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Superb film that everyone should see...a great history lesson!
27 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My husband and I saw EXPRESS yesterday and truly enjoyed this movie. We love movies based on true stories and also enjoy sports so this was a winning combination! We found this movie to be truly captivating and beautifully told. The acting was superb.....everyone did a fantastic job of making it all very real. We didn't know anything about Ernie Davis and feel so privileged to know his story. Of course we knew Jim Brown, but Ernie never even had a chance to show his real talents to the world via the Cleveland Browns. What a gifted young man he was and all the difficulties he had to face made him even more special. As far as the people who don't appreciate WV being shown in that light, my husband was in the Army in 1960-1963, and whether it was WV, NC, SC, or any other state in that vicinity that is exactly how it was and he experienced that type of hate first hand. Thank you for bring us such a meaningful film. We hope it is a huge success.


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