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At Theaters: 10/10/2008 On Video: 1/20/2009
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 9 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 509970
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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The story that follows the inspirational life of college football hero Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy. He was drafted by the NFL but tragedy struck the star athlete and he was never able to take the professional field.
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Drama - This is a football movie, but it's also an inspirational biography of college football star Ernie Davis, and his story may give this appeal beyond sports fans. Top-billed Dennis Quaid has a supporting role here to true star Rob Brown, but his fans will have much to savor here.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Dennis Quaid AMERICAN DREAMZ, YOURS, MINE AND OURS
Rob Brown TAKE THE LEAD, COACH CARTER, FINDING FORRESTER
Omar Benson Miller THE THINGS WE LOST IN THE FIRE
Clancy Brown PATHFINDER, THE GUARDIAN
Charles S. Dutton SECRET WINDOW, GOTHIKA, RANDOM HEARTS
Director: Gary Fleder RUNAWAY JURY, IMPOSTOR, DON'T SAY A WORD
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About The Production
Casting The Film
Designing The Express
Filming Actor-Athletes
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 6 S-words, 8 GD's, a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Hard football hits; fights.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None.
ACTION: Football action; chases.
COMEDY: Some comic lines.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Good as a story of courage and inspiration, this works as well as any sports-related bio-pic. The difference is that, while Ernie's on-field accomplishments were extraordinary, it was the environment in which he struggled to achieve them that makes him the worthy subject of a motion picture.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Good "The Express" is involving and inspiring in the way a good movie about sports almost always is. The formula is basic and durable, and when you hitch it to a good story, you can hardly fail.

USA Today Full Review
Good The Express is being promoted the way studios do when they think they have a crowd-pleaser, and certainly it's a better family movie than a lot of junk hyped as such.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 65 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
6
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M/F)
3
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
1
Fairly High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
1
Fairly Low
100%
30+Adults (M)
22
High
100%
30+Adults (F)
32
Very High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 65 moviegoers:
CHILDREN:They loved "The Express."
TEENS:All three teens loved it.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:The male rated it above average and the female rated it average.
ADULTS:GREAT REVIEWS! Both males and females LOVED "THE EXPRESS." HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Based on the incredible true story, The Express follows the inspirational life of college football hero Ernie Davis (Rob Brown), the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy. Following his draft by the NFL, tragedy struck the star athlete and he was never able to take the professional field. But his tale would forever change the face of professional sports. 

Raised in poverty in Pennsylvania coal-mining country, Davis overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles to become an unstoppable running back for the Syracuse Orangemen. Under the guidance of coach Ben Schwartzwalder (Dennis Quaid) -- a hard-nosed surrogate father with an obsession for winning a national championship -- Davis would develop from an impressive high-school athlete into a legend. 

While everyone agreed Ernie Davis was a miracle player, few thought this quiet young man would become an icon for the burgeoning civil rights movement dividing America in the early 1960s. Refusing to play by the unspoken racist rules of the day, Davis broke through one barrier after another to alter the way fans looked at men of his color. 

Though struck a terrible blow in the prime of his life, his spirit soared when most would crumble. Forcing his bull-headed coach to re-examine a life lived in color-based privilege, Davis would join the ranks of black pioneers who inspired a movement that smashed barriers on and off the playing field.
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