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As the first African American to receive college football's prestigious Heisman trophy, Ernie Davis (Rob Brown) is one of the most inspiring--and tragic--figures in the game (he died of leukemia at 23, before his first NFL game) His rise to athletic stardom coincides with the birth of the civil rights movement, and despite setbacks like a speech impediment, biased referees, and fear of white mob reprisals, Davis grabs the glory for a better America. Dennis Quaid plays Davis's coach and mentor, Ben Schwartzwalder, who lays on the discipline and training, first yielding to racist pressures, then supporting and spurring Davis to his peerless heights for Syracuse University's Orangemen. THE EXPRESS would need to work hard to fumble this ball, and it doesn't, making a smooth cinematic touchdown with heart, intelligence, guts, rapid-fire editing, and a minimum of clichi. The gridiron action is vividly and excitingly rendered as is a superb supporting cast, most notably Omar Benson Miller as Davis's wisecrackin...
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CastOmar Benson Miller
DirectorGary Fleder
Release Date:  2008
MPAA Rating:  PG
DVD Release Date:  Universal Studios Home Video (January 20, 2009)
Runtime:  2hr 10min
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Pros: Great story, outstanidng acting, inspiring     Cons: Overly-dramatic at times     The Bottom Line: See it!!     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. The Express (2009)   Directed by: Gary Fleder  Screenplay: Charles Leavitt, Robert Gallagher   Principles: Rob Brown, Dennis Quaid, Clancy Brown, Darrin DeWitt Henson, Omar Benson Miller       …
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