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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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Cast

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Will Davis, Jr.
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Young Ernie
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Young Will
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Elizabeth Davis
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Bill Bell
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Lew Andreas
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Storyline

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) (12 October 2008)

Gross:

$9,589,875 (USA) (2 November 2008)
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Trivia

Dennis Quaid's character plays as a coach who used to coach Jim Brown. In Any Given Sunday (1999), Quaid stars as the veteran quarterback while the real Jim Brown plays as a defensive line coach. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, Ernie Davis mails a letter to the Saturday Evening Post. The address clearly says "Indianapolis, IN". Until 1971, The Saturday Evening Post was published by the Curtis Publishing Company, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. See more »

Quotes

Ben Schwartzwalder: I won't tell him he'll be the next Ernie Davis, because there'll never be another Ernie Davis.
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.186 (2010) See more »

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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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It has you cheering and clapping as you watch it
4 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Express was a wonderful sports movie with lots of drama. It had a ton of emotion and great feelings in it. Me watching the movie I felt like a fan. This movie will make you love sports even if you don't. It was inspirational in so many ways. The whole movie keeps you entertained and on the edge of your seat at the end. Each one of the football games were fun and exciting to watch. When their wasn't football in the movie the director found ways to keep the movie good and interesting. This movie had emotion. love, heart, tears, and inspiring moments. Their are many different scenes in this movie that are sad to watch and upsetting for the viewers. The thing that makes it so upsetting for us to watch is the thing they do to blacks in this movie. I think that everyone should see this movie just to see how life was. The life the blacks lived in this movie wasn't good. I think this movie will teach people to respect everyone no matter who it is. This movie was one of the best movies of the year. It was the best sports movie of the year and ever. It will honestly have you on your feet. It was such a great movie and was so inspiring and should be seen by everyone. It was great for kids, teens, adults, and even grandparents. It was so exciting and fun to watch all around. Their weren't any flaws pretty much. The movie has so many different messages that were great. The thing that is mostly the best part of the movie is that Ernie is the most unselfish person on and off the field in this movie. He shows everyone how to be a better person. The coach played by Dennis Quaid did a great job and was a good person and coach as well. The movie was based on a true story also. Overall this is one feel good movie. It is the must see sports movie. Go see it and have a fun time cheering and clapping.


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