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The Express

The Ernie Davis Story
(DVD - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Ernie Davis was born in New York and raised in poverty. He overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles to become an unstoppable running back for the Syracuse Orangemen. With the guidance of coach Ben Schwartzwalder, Ernie would develop from an impressive high school athlete into a college legend. Ernie would become the first black to win the Heisman Trophy. Refusing to play by the unspoken racist rules of the day, Ernie broke through one barrier after another to alter the way football fans looked at black men. Following his draft by the NFL, he was struck by a terrible blow in the prime of his life. Ernie would join the ranks of black pioneers who inspired a civil rights movement that smashed barriers on and off the playing field.
Title: The Express
the Ernie Davis story
[videorecording]
Publisher: Universal City, Calif. : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, [2009]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (130 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: CPL DVD# 5791705
Based on the book "Ernie Davis: the Elmira Express" by Robert Gallagher.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2008.
Special features: Deleted scenes with optional commentary by director Gary Fleder; making of The Express; "Making history: the story of Ernie Davis" featurette; "Inside the playbook:" shooting the football games; "From Hollywood to Syracuse:" the legacy of Ernie Davis; feature commentary with director Gary Fleder.
Summary: Ernie Davis was born in New York and raised in poverty. He overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles to become an unstoppable running back for the Syracuse Orangemen. With the guidance of coach Ben Schwartzwalder, Ernie would develop from an impressive high school athlete into a college legend. Ernie would become the first black to win the Heisman Trophy. Refusing to play by the unspoken racist rules of the day, Ernie broke through one barrier after another to alter the way football fans looked at black men. Following his draft by the NFL, he was struck by a terrible blow in the prime of his life. Ernie would join the ranks of black pioneers who inspired a civil rights movement that smashed barriers on and off the playing field.
Audience: MPAA rating PG for thematic content, violence and language involving racism, and for brief sensuality.
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Alternate Title: Ernie Davis story
Statement of Responsibility: Davis Entertainment ; IDEA Filmproduktions ; Relativity Media ; produced by John Davis ; written by Charles Leavitt ; directed by Gary Fleder
Credits: Director of photography, Kramer Morgenthau ; editors, Padraic McKinley, William Steinkamp ; music, Mark Isham.
Performers: Rob Brown, Dennis Quaid, Darrin Dewitt Henson, Omar Benson Miller, Nelsan Ellis, Charles S. Dutton.
System Details: DVD, anamorphic widescreen (2.40:1); Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, single-sided; dual-layer.
Other Language: English or dubbed Spanish dialogue, French or Spanish subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Subject Headings: Davis, Ernie, 1939-1963 Drama. African American football players New York (State) Syracuse Drama. Football coaches New York (State) Syracuse Drama. Syracuse Orange (Football team) Drama. Heisman Trophy Drama.
Genre/Form: DVD-Video discs-2009.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired-2009.
Feature films-2009.
Football films.
Fiction films-2009.
Biographical films.
Topical Term: African American football players
Football coaches
Heisman Trophy
Publisher No: 61103050
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Feb 16, 2013
  • lasertravis rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Good true story sports movie. The ending was a shock to me. I didn't know the story of Ernie Davis, and I am glad that I got to see it. Inspirational and historiacal, but sad.

What a great story! This one rates way up there in sports movies. Not a big fan of college ball, but still left me rooting for more.

Best sports movie ever!!!!!!!

Jul 29, 2011
  • roadhockey rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This wasn't bad. I found it dragged on a little long. I like a lot of football movies better than this (eg. Remember the Titans, Invincible, Friday Night Lights etc.)

Oct 16, 2009
  • Charlie68 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A good movie, hints at a lot of things, like racial hatred but is still a good story about football.

Apr 23, 2009
  • joseph rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Must See – The Express (2008) 130 min.

1 Corinthians 15:10 “But by the grace of God, I am what I am, and his grace to me has not been in vain. Indeed, I have toiled harder than all of them; not I, however, but the grace of God (that is) with me.”

This quote from the Bible reflec the words for which Ernie Davis lived-by his whole life as an African-American in the 1950s struggling to be the best he could be in college football during a time of racial conflict that spiritually poisoned American society. It was during the time of the civil rights movement where Ernie Davis wasn’t just carrying a ball for football supremacy but for every African-American who just simple wanted to “be”. The film’s sports theme is the backdrop to the more important story on racism in America. Watching Ernie Davis defy public sentiment and advice from his “play it safe” coach, young Davis infused his own contribution for civil rights through football, who together with thousands of others such as the great Reverend Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks, created an entire movement. The film is a powerhouse of emotion; as the credits rolled, I just sat and reflected. The film has a great story portraying a great human being, who shone on others such as his coach and taught those around him the power and humility of the Holy Spirit.

Apr 19, 2009
  • eeLmon rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Oct 16, 2009
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Apr 24, 2009
  • eeLmon rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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