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The Express

The color of football changed forever after Ernie Davis (played by Rob Brown) began playing for Syracuse University. Based on a true story, The Express follows the challenges faced by the skilled athlete and his coach (Dennis Quaid) that eventually led to him becoming the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A-
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: B-
Language: C+
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Run Time: 130
Theater Release: 10 Oct 2008
Video Release: 20 Jan 2009
MPAA Rating: PG
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Along with depictions of racism in football movies like Remember the Titans, basketball movies like Glory Road showcases the same kind of racial prejudice faced by players on the hardwood. Freedom Song is the story of four African-American university students who started their own civil rights protest when they took a seat at the “whites only” lunch counter and ordered a cup of coffee in the 1960s.

Home Video Extra Features

The Express chugs onto DVD with audio commentary by director Gary Fleder, deleted scenes (with commentary by Gary Fleder) and featurettes (Making of The Express, Making History: The Story of Ernie Davis, Inside the Playbook: Shooting the Football Games and From Hollywood to Syracuse: The Legacy of Ernie Davis). Audio tracks are available in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English and Spanish), with subtitles in English, (SDH), French and Spanish.

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