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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.
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.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull 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 EbertFull 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 TodayFull 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.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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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!
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.