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 » honor ? the Heisman Trophy. Starring Dennis Quaid as the hard-nosed coach that helped drive him to greatness, The Express is a powerful story of triumph on and off the field that will have you cheering again and again!« less
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.
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Robert M. from DURAND, IL Reviewed on 9/21/2012...
i enjoyed this movie. great sports movie
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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.
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Misty L. from JASPER, AL Reviewed on 9/7/2009...
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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. "
AN INSPIRING, BUT SAD BIOGRAPHY! WELL DONE!
! 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? "
Good sports film with an inspirational hero
J. D. Best, author | Arizona | 08/17/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a well-acted sports drama with an inspirational story. Both Rob Brown and Dennis Quaid do an exceptional job, and all the secondary players are highly professional.
I read two complaints in the Amazon reviews. The first is historical inaccuracies. To me they seem restrained for Hollywood, and inconsequential to the story and theme. (Although moving the West Virginia game from a home game to an away game probably was unfair to West Virginia.) Dramatic license often gets stretched too far, but the ones mentioned in these reviews don't corrupt the story. The second complaint seems is that the Schwartzwalder character gets preference over the Davis character. Rather than being sent to the back of the script, Davis is elevated as a heroic character through the slow conversion of Schwartzwalder--who is a metaphor for the nation.
This is a sports film to own. Like Hoosiers, The Express is not just another story about a long-shot struggle toward victory. As a period movie, it will never appear dated, and it entertains as it gives us a glimpse of a transitional, but stormy, period in our history. "
mateo52 | State College, Pa. | 07/18/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Express is a film with numerable historical inaccuracies, fictionalized recitations, composite characterizations and tangential embellishments not unlike Rudy, Remember the Titans, Hoosiers, Glory Road, Brian's Song, and in all probability any other sports oriented film based on true events and people. Yet, not one of the aforementioned presumptive deficiencies serve to mitigate my personal contention it remains a worthwhile movie for any real fan of college sports and manages to effectively convey the spirit of socio-cultural dictates of the represented era . It is an absolutely enjoyable drama based on the life Ernie Davis, not a documentary of the life of Ernie Davis.
Davis was not a trailblazer nor was he alone in absorbing the ignorant, racist invectives and missiles launched in the direction of blacks from nearly every nook and cranny of an America gradually but at glacial-like pace being moved in the direction of a more pluralistic society. From most accounts and most assuredly based on the depiction in this movie, he was an impressive individual and athlete who by virtue of his athleticism ascended to the status of role model and hero for legions of people but tragically was afflicted with leukemia and died at the much too tender age of 23.
Portrayed with subtle intensity by Rob Brown and continually juxtaposed with his college coach Ben Schwartzwalder (Dennis Quaid, in a role where significantly more complexity was exhibited than he is typically given credit), it matters little if his spectacular 87 yard touchdown catch/run occurred in the 1st quarter or was transposed to the 4th quarter in the movie for dramatic impact. In either case, the value of his performance in the 1959 Cotton Bowl was incalculable as it related to the uplift of a marginalized, suppressed black populous in Dallas, Texas specifically and the nation, in general. Unfortunately, unlike a near to contemporaneous role model from another sport, Roy Campenella, whose career was also derailed by a debilitating disease, Davis never had the opportunity to demonstrate his athletic brilliance in the brighter lights of professional sports and stills remains an unknown quantity for far too many.
Flawed or not, this film is a genuine and timely attempt to address that obscurity."