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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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Biography | Drama | Sport

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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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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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Career team record @ Syracuse 1959 11-0 1960 7-2 1961 8-3. See more »

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The National Championship in 59 was awarded prior to the Bowl Games, so the speech about "whichever bowl we accept we will be National Champions if we win" was a moot point. It was just about defending the pollster's choice at that point. It was the final regular season game against UCLA (which just beat #4 USC) that earned them the National Championship. The movie pays no attention to this game (which was broadcast on national TV) except to show the post game celebration. 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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Features 1960 Cotton Bowl (1960) See more »

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Just A Little Bit
Written by Ralph Bass, Piney Brown, John Thornton, Earl Washington
Performed by Rosco Gordon
Courtesy of Vee-Jay Ltd. Partnership
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The Express An Excellent Movie Based On A True Story
11 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Express is an excellent movie based on a true story about the life of college football hero Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy. For those of you who haven't seen it I won't say anything else about the movie. Because The Express is one those movies you don't want to know too much about before seeing it. I'm glad I didn't know too much about it because I was very impressed with this one because the Express was definitely much better than expected. The film does a great job of making you care about Ernie and most of the other characters who may not be in it much but they make the best of their limited screen time. The whole cast turn in great performances especially Rob Brown as Ernie Davis and Dennis Quaid as his tough but sympathetic college football coach. The rest of the supporting cast are admirable in their roles too. Mostly everything in this movie worked from the intense realistic football sequences to the drama of Ernie's inspirational life. The pacing was a little slow at times but the rest of the film made up for it's one flaw. Overall The Express was so much better than expected and is a movie based on a true story that deserves to be told which is brought to life because of the exceptional performances by the cast. Well done.


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