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Overall A-

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.

Violence C+
Sexual Content B-
Profanity C+
Substance Use B-

MPAA Rating: PG for thematic content, violence and language involving racism, and for brief sensuality.

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The Express

Why does Ernie feel like he is an invisible member of the team? Why is he so adamant that the players call the equipment boy by his name?

Despite his lack of obvious advantages, what is positive about Ernie’s upbringing? What influence do his grandparents—and especially his grandfather—have on his later life?

How did the inclusion of Black players change the face of sports? What impact did competitors like Jackie Robinson have on Ernie and other youth of that time? Do you think that, generally, today’s athletes provide positive role models for youth?

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