Express (Blu-ray) (2008)
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Inspired by Real Events.
|Rising from the humblest beginnings, Ernie Davis (Rob Brown) overcame impossible odds to become the first African-American to win college football's greatest honor -- the Heisman Trophy.|
Starring Dennis Quaid as the hard-nosed coach that helped drive him to greatness.
"The Express finesses a cinematic hat trick: It's entertaining, deeply moving and genuinely important. Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post
"Thanks to a rock-solid performance by Dennis Quaid...the tried-and-true formula is given a welcome shot of adrenaline. Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter
"Many inspirational sports movies provide only junk food for thought; this one contains some authentic reflections of sport in the civil rights era. Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
"Involving and inspiring in the way a good movie about sports almost always is. Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Editor's NoteAs 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 cliché. The gridiron action is vividly and excitingly rendered as is a superb supporting cast, most notably Omar Benson Miller as Davis's wisecracking teammate. Plus, one can't go wrong with having seasoned sports movie go-to guy Quaid as Schwartzwalder; he's got this stuff so down, he could get an audience to stand up and cheer just by reading a grocery list. What sticks in the mind later though is the joy in watching these characters grow, as athletes and as people. And as they mature, they take all of America with them.
Cast & Crew
|Charles S. Dutton|
|Darrin Dewitt Henson|
|Omar Benson Miller|
|Charles Leavitt - Screenwriter|
|Mark Isham - Composer|
|Robert Gallagher - Source Writer|
|Kramer Morgenthau - Director of Photography|
|John Lee Hancock - Screenwriter|
|Derek Dauchy - Executive Producer|
|Scott Williams - Screenwriter|
|John Davis - Producer|
|Arne Schmidt - Executive Producer|
|Jeffrey Lieber - Screenwriter|
|Gary Fleder - Director|