Racism themes. Mild coarse language and violence.
|Actors:||Dennis Quaid, Charles S. Dutton, Omar Benson Miller, Rob Brown, Nelsan Ellis, Justin Martin|
Based on the incredible true story, The Express follows the inspirational life of college football hero Ernie Davis (Rob Brown), the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy. Following his draft by the NFL, tragedy struck the star athlete and he was never able to take the professional field. But his tale would forever change the face of professional sports. Raised in poverty in the Southern Tier of New York State, Davis overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles to become an unstoppable running back for the Syracuse Orange men. Under the guidance of coach Ben Schwartzwalder (Dennis Quaid) a hard nosed surrogate father with an obsession for winning a national championship - Davis would develop from an impressive high school athlete into a legend. While everyone agreed Ernie Davis was a miracle player, few thought this quiet young man would become an icon for the burgeoning civil rights movement dividing America in the early 1960's. Refusing to play by the unspoken racist rules of the day, Davis broke through one barrier after another to alter the way fans looked at men of his colour.