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The Express
The Express
Actors: Rob Brown, Dennis Quaid, Clancy Brown, Darrin Dewitt Henson, Omar Benson Miller
Director: Gary Fleder
Genres: Drama, Sports
PG     2009     2hr 10min

Witness the inspirational true story of a real American hero. Rising from the humblest of beginnings, Ernie Davis (Rob Brown) overcame impossible odds to become the first African-American to win college football?s greatest...  more »

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Actors: Rob Brown, Dennis Quaid, Clancy Brown, Darrin Dewitt Henson, Omar Benson Miller
Director: Gary Fleder
Creators: Kramer Morgenthau, Adam Coplan, Arne Schmidt, Derek Dauchy, John Davis, Charles Leavitt, Robert Gallagher
Genres: Drama, Sports
Sub-Genres: Drama, Football (American)
Studio: Universal Studios
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 01/20/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 2hr 10min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 3
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Elizabeth B. (bethieof96) from NINETY SIX, SC
Reviewed on 1/9/2016...
Really good movie especially if you like feel good movies or sports movies.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Robert M. from DURAND, IL
Reviewed on 9/21/2012...
i enjoyed this movie. great sports movie

0 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Al F. (Librarian2012)
Reviewed on 12/21/2011...
The Express is a wonderful movie. The writers and directors did a magnificent job of portraying factual events and creating the mood of the time period. The writers were able to show how the South operated during the late 50's and early 60's with single lines from the actors. The writers captured well the Spirit of the coach and the attitude of Ernie Davis' team players.
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Misty L. from JASPER, AL
Reviewed on 9/7/2009...
Good movie.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Great film
GS | St. Paul | 01/08/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"There has been well-documented commentary about the producers of The Express having taken liberties with some of the facts. While this is true, none of those liberties really obscure or confuse the Ernie Davis story. If you want to see a more factual presentation of the Ernie Davis story, check out the 30-minute documentary about Davis in ESPN's SportCentury series. It is very well done, too. You'll find that in this feature film, there is not much significant straying from fact.

This was an excellent film. In the theater where I saw the film, the audience was so into the movie, particularly the football action, that some folks actually cheered when Davis would make a good run or score a touchdown. The director and actors did a great job of hooking the viewer into the intensity of the games. Great story without getting too hung up on the national politics of the time. Highly recommended."
A great movie about the best football player you've never he
Bill Garrison | Oklahoma City, OK USA | 02/18/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Express is the story of Syracuse running back Ernie Davis. Davis followed the great Jim Brown and played for Syracuse in the late 1950s. Davis might have been even better that Jim Brown. Davis led his team to a national championship and became the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy.

This is a another feel-good racism sports movie along the lines of Meet the Titans or Glory Road. I say "feel-good" because the harsh realities of American racism in the late 1950s are explored and covered, but racism's true graphic and intense nature is never displayed.

Ernie Davis was always an optimistic man. He was one of a few minorities on campus and on the team, yet he was always kind to everyone. This movie made even better because most people haven't heard of Davis. He died tragically at the age of 23 from lukemia. He is truly a man that deserves to be honored in a movie like this.

The football scenes are top notch. Dennis Quaid is great as the Orangemen coach. The period settings really capture the feel of the time this movie was based in. On a downside, after watching the film, I still don't feel I know who Ernie Davis was, other than a man who battled racism. I wish the movie could have explored his personal life more.

I'm only 36 and thankful I've grown up in a time and location where racism has not been a part of my life. This movie pays homage to a man who broke the color barrier when it wasn't easy and made it possible for a man who is also African American to become president of the United States.
! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b | TRI STATE AREA | 08/21/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Being a football fan I am ashamed to say I didn't know this story before seeing the film. I did have some knowledge of this tragedy, but I didn't know the full story. This is a gripping biography about a young man who never got the chance to reap the rewards for his hard work and perseverance through a time when this county didn't see blacks as people. It's hard to believe this was only 60 years ago! It's really appalling how we treated certain people in those days and it's only been in the last 20 years when we have even begun to put this practice in the garbage where it belongs.

The film follows the life of football running back Ernie Davis who has such an inspiring, but ultimately sad story of how he overcame many hard ships to become an incredible running back and model sportsman. The film has a great balance of football heroics and compelling drama and should keep any movie fan interested during its two hour running time.

Excellent performances and realistic action make this a winner from start to finish! I would love to see a film about Barry Sanders that was handled this well. Although Sander's story isn't nearly this sad, it's really one that should be told, you don't have to win the Superbowl to be a winner!.....Hollywood are you listening?