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Still shot from the movie: The Express.

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. »

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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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Why Is The Express Rated PG?


Football isn’t always friendly, as some of Coach Schwartzwalder’s players soon discover when his rigorous regime causes a few of them to vomit. During games in hostile stadiums, his players are pelted with racial slurs and garbage along with hard-hitting tackles. As well, a mid-game melee breaks out after referees refuse to call unnecessary roughness on the opposing team who intentionally inflict cheap shots on the Black halfback. The coach also cautions Ernie against an interracial relationship and a brief scene shows a man beginning to undress a woman. With only a couple of scenes of alcohol use, the film’s other content concerns include the use of scatological slang, profanities, racial slurs and threats made to players as well as a young boy.

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