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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. »


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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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

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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