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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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Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 USA:

$4,562,675, 12 October 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$9,589,875, 2 November 2008
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Trivia

In this film, Nicole Beharie plays the girlfriend of the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy. In 42 (2013), she plays the wife of the first African American to play Major League Baseball. See more »

Goofs

The night game played versus West Virginia University is fiction. West Virginia's stadium did not have lights until two years after the movie took place. Plus, the movie is set in a year when the West Virginia v. Syracuse game was played at Syracuse. See more »

Quotes

[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

Salty Papa Blues
Written by Leonard Feather, Lionel Hampton
Performed by Melanie Jackson
Courtesy of Stove Proeber Music
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User Reviews

 
Re: Excellent Movie Of A True Legend
12 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

This was a very well acted movie. Dennis Quaid did a great job of playing the coach and Rob Brown was the perfect choice for Ernie Davis. The ratings this movie has received so far are not in line with the quality of this film. This movie in no way presented a political point of view. The only thing political was what happened in real life. This was the recognition given to Ernie by the president of the time. (which was JFK) Other than this movie was more inspirational. It showed the character of Ernie Davis and the faith he had in his own abilities, his coach, family and his God. Ernie Davis has reshaped College sports. Due to his ability to cope with hatred and racism in a positive way. The game of college sports has vastly become more professional. The talent of teams today is far greater than the past. Ernie opened the door foe all races in sports; thus increasing the abilities of the teams. I highly recommend this film.


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