The Express

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  • PG
Based on a true story, The Express follows the extraordinary life of college football hero Ernie Davis (Rob Brown), the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy. His fight for equality and respect forever changed the face of American sports,... read more
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Based on a true story, The Express follows the extraordinary life of college football hero Ernie Davis (Rob Brown), the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy. His fight for equality and respect forever changed the face of American sports, and his story continues to inspire new generations. Raised in poverty in Pennsylvania coal-mining country, Davis hurdled social and economic obstacles to become one of the greatest running backs in college football history. Under the guidance of legendary Syracuse coach Ben Schwartzwalder (Dennis Quaid), he became a hero who superseded Jim Brown's achievements and set records that stand to this day. Decorated veteran Schwartzwalder was a Southerner with a single vision of a national championship and hardened ideas about how the world worked. But though he and Davis clashed mightily, he taught the player everything he knew about football, just as Davis helped him learn the true meaning of victory. As the growing civil rights movement divided the country in the '60s, Davis became a symbol for achievement that transcended race. Refusing to flinch from others' prejudices, he achieved all his goals-until he faced a challenge that would make most men crumble. He joined the ranks of black pioneers by teaching a generation tolerance, inspiring a movement that smashed barriers on and off the field.

Original Release

10/10/2008

US Release

10/10/2008

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Cast

Charles S. Dutton Willie 'Pops' Davis
Dennis Quaid Ben Schwartzwalder
Rob Brown Ernie Davis
Omar Benson Miller Jack Buckley
Darrin Dewitt Henson Jim Brown
Aunjanue Ellis Marie Davis
Nelsan Ellis Will Davis, Jr.
Chadwick Boseman Floyd Little
Justin Martin Young Ernie
Justin Jones Young Will
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Gary Fleder

Writers

Charles Leavitt, Robert Gallagher

Cast

Charles S. Dutton Willie 'Pops' Davis
Dennis Quaid Ben Schwartzwalder
Rob Brown Ernie Davis
Omar Benson Miller Jack Buckley
Darrin Dewitt Henson Jim Brown
Aunjanue Ellis Marie Davis
Nelsan Ellis Will Davis, Jr.
Chadwick Boseman Floyd Little
Justin Martin Young Ernie
Justin Jones Young Will
Nicole Beharie Sarah Ward
Elizabeth Shivers Elizabeth Davis
Danny McCarthy Bill Bell
Regina Hoyles Sister
Chelcie Ross Lew Andreas
Saul Rubinek Art Modell
Craig Hawksley George Marshall
Jeff Still Al Malette
Geoff Stults Bob Lundy
Derek Graf Maury Youmans

Producers

Derek Dauchy Executive Producer
Arne Schmidt Executive Producer
Adam Coplan Producer
John Davis Producer

Editors

Padraic McKinley, William Steinkamp

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