The Express

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"He changed our country... one yard at a time."
  • PG
  • 2008
  • 2 hr 9 min
  • 7.3  (19,954)
  • 58

“The Express” is the dramatic story of Ernie Davis, the first African-American player to win college football’s Heisman Trophy. The film follows Ernie from his struggling childhood in a racist, discriminatory Pennsylvania to his triumphant football career at Syracuse University to the time just prior to his untimely death. The film focuses primarily on Ernie’s life following the Syracuse head football coach’s successful recruitment to bring Ernie onto the team as the successor to the All-American running back Jim Brown. The 1959 season is highlighted specifically as Ernie’s breakout year that catapults him into the national spotlight. Mainly through Ernie’s powerful exploits and superb running talent, Syracuse is able to challenge the University of Texas for the national championship at the 1960 Cotton Bowl. Despite having to overcome several leg injuries and racial bias from the referees Ernie’s heroics at the end of the game lead Syracuse to its first football national championship. The following season, Ernie Davis became the first African-American player to win the Heisman trophy. He would join the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League after he graduated from college but illness consistently kept him from playing until he finally was forced to announce he had been diagnosed with leukemia. In one final gesture to honor Ernie’s greatness as a football player as well as a human being, the Cleveland Browns allow him to dress in uniform and take the field as a Brown. The film closes with the notice of Ernie’s passing at the age of 23; never getting the opportunity to display his talents in the NFL, a dream he always carried until he passed. The film relives many of Ernie’s spectacular moments on the field as well as the obstacles that he faced off of it, which helped make his 1961 Heisman Trophy win even more impressive due to the circumstances and time period in which it came.

The Express
Coach And Jim Go See Ernie Play
Coach And Jim Go See Ernie Play

Clip - 37 sec

The Express
The Express

Trailer - 2 min 24 sec

Ernie Apologizes
Ernie Apologizes

Clip - 48 sec

The Express
The Express

Trailer - 32 sec

Jb Introduces Himself And Ernie To The Girls
Jb Introduces Himself And Ernie To The Girls

Clip - 33 sec

Ernie Scores A Touchdown Against Kansas
Ernie Scores A Touchdown Against Kansas

Clip - 46 sec

Description
“The Express” is the dramatic story of Ernie Davis, the first African-American player to win college football’s Heisman Trophy. The film follows Ernie from his struggling childhood in a racist, discriminatory Pennsylvania to his triumphant football career at Syracuse University to the time just prior to his untimely death.

The film focuses primarily on Ernie’s life following the Syracuse head football coach’s successful recruitment to bring Ernie onto the team as the successor to the All-American running back Jim Brown. The 1959 season is highlighted specifically as Ernie’s breakout year that catapults him into the national spotlight. Mainly through Ernie’s powerful exploits and superb running talent, Syracuse is able to challenge the University of Texas for the national championship at the 1960 Cotton Bowl. Despite having to overcome several leg injuries and racial bias from the referees Ernie’s heroics at the end of the game lead Syracuse to its first football national championship.

The following season, Ernie Davis became the first African-American player to win the Heisman trophy. He would join the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League after he graduated from college but illness consistently kept him from playing until he finally was forced to announce he had been diagnosed with leukemia. In one final gesture to honor Ernie’s greatness as a football player as well as a human being, the Cleveland Browns allow him to dress in uniform and take the field as a Brown.

The film closes with the notice of Ernie’s passing at the age of 23; never getting the opportunity to display his talents in the NFL, a dream he always carried until he passed. The film relives many of Ernie’s spectacular moments on the field as well as the obstacles that he faced off of it, which helped make his 1961 Heisman Trophy win even more impressive due to the circumstances and time period in which it came.

The Express is a 2008 drama with a runtime of 2 hours and 9 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.3 and a MetaScore of 58.

Where to Watch The Express

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  • Release Date
    2008
  • MPAA Rating
    PG
  • Runtime
    2 hr 9 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    7.3  (19,954)
  • Metascore
    58