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The Express (2008)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ernie Davis
... Ben Schwartzwalder
... Jim Brown
... Jack Buckley
... Will Davis, Jr.
... Willie 'Pops' Davis
... Young Ernie
Justin Jones ... Young Will
... Sarah Ward
... Marie Davis
... Elizabeth Davis
... Roy Simmons
... Bill Bell
... Sister
... 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

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

When the Syracuse team is going to Dallas for the Cotton Bowl, several shots show the team on one bus with empty seats. No college football team could fit on one bus. By the 1960s, football and basketball teams routinely flew to far-off game sites. 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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Connections

References Wings of the Hawk (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Shake, Rattle And Roll
Written by Charles F. Calhoun
Performed by Big Joe Turner
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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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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