The Express parents guide

The Express

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.

Release date October 10, 2008

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

Why is The Express rated PG? The MPAA rated The Express PG for thematic content, violence and language involving racism, and for brief sensuality.

Run Time: 130 minutes

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Why is The Express rated PG? The Express is rated PG by the MPAA for thematic content, violence and language involving racism, and for brief sensuality.

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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The Express
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Coarse Language, Violence.
Alberta PG Coarse Language.
Manitoba PG Mature Theme. Language May Offend. -----
Ontario PG Mature Theme, Language May Offend.
Quebec G
Martimes PG
Canadian Home Video PG

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Cast and Crew

The Express is directed by and stars Bob Brown, Dennis Quaid, Clancy Brown..

Home Video

The most recent home video release of The Express movie is January 20, 2009. Here are some details…

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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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.

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