• The Express (2008)

The Express

Release Date: October 10th, 2008

DVD Release Date: January 20th, 2009

PG |2 hr 9 min

Plot Summary

Born into poverty, Ernie Davis (Rob Brown) overcomes many obstacles to get into Syracuse University's football program. Under the guidance of Coach Ben Schwartzwalder (Dennis Quaid), Davis becomes one of the school's best players, even surpassing Jim Brown's achievements. In 1961 Davis becomes the first black player to win the Heisman Trophy, but there is one more obstacle in his life that he must overcome.

Cast: Dennis Quaid, Rob Brown, Clancy Brown, Omar Miller, Charles S. Dutton, Darrin Dewitt Henson, Nelsan Ellis, Nicole Beharie

Director: Gary Fleder

Genres: Biography , Drama

Production Co: Davis Entertainment

Distributors: Universal Pictures

Keywords: 1950s, 1960s, Transformation, Engaging, Quest

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Michael RechtshaffenThe Hollywood Reporter

    Thanks to a rock-solid performance by Dennis Quaid, nice historical touches and energetic direction by Gary Fleder, the tried-and-true formula is given a welcome shot of adrenaline. show more

  • 75
    Peter HartlaubSan Francisco Chronicle

    Deserves plenty of credit for exploring racial issues story in more realistic terms. show more

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Involving and inspiring in the way a good movie about sports almost always is. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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