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The Express (2008)

The Express
Release Date:
October 10, 2008
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: Gary Fleder
Screenwriter: Charles Leavitt
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Rob Brown, Omar Benson Miller, Clancy Brown, Charles S. Dutton
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (thematic content, violence and language involving racism, and for brief sensuality)
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Plot Summary: Follows the extraordinary life of college football hero Ernie Davis (Rob Brown), the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy. His fight for equality and respect forever changed the face of American sports, and his story continues to inspire new generations.
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commentThe Express. Just the Ticket for Brown and Quaid.
As you know, it is based on the life of Syracuse University football player Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.

Dennis Quaid seems to gravitate toward sports, remember The Rookie? And, he was recently named the top golfer among the "Hollywood set" by Golf Digest. This role fits him. Additionally, he knows something about overcoming the odds, in the early 1990s he fought and kicked a cocaine addiction. So his heart really shows in this flick.

As for Rob Brown, this film is right down his alley. in all of his earlier films he has played the role of an African-American high school student who overcomes obstacles (Finding Forrester -2000, Coach Carter -2005, and Take the Lead -2006). And, he is at it again, this time as a college student.

The Express is the type of film that gives us hope. And, therefore important.


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