Inspiring Sports Biography
Release Date: October 10, 2008
Starring: Rob Brown, Dennis Quaid,
Charles S. Dutton, Omar Benson
Miller, Aunjanue Ellis, Clancy
Brown, Darrin Dewitt Henson,
Saul Rubinek, and Nelsan Ellis
Genre: Sports Drama/Biography
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 129 minutes
Distributor: Universal Pictures/General
Director: Gary Fleder
Executive Producer: Derek Dauchy, Arne L. Schmidt
and Ryan Kavanaugh
Producer: John Davis
Writer: Charles Leavitt
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The movie opens in 1949 in Pennsylvania coal-mining country. A young Ernie runs away from a group of hostile white boys. He’s so fast, they can’t catch him.
Then, Ernie’s mother returns from being in New York for a while. She wants to take Ernie away from his kindly Christian grandfather to live with her in Elmira with Ernie’s new stepfather. Reluctantly, Ernie leaves, but his grandfather remains a major part of his life.
In Elmira, Ernie’s prowess in high school football catches the attention of Syracuse University Coach Ben Schwarzwalder in 1957. The coach convinces football great Jim Brown, his most recent star running back, to help recruit Ernie for the school.
Ernie decides to play for Syracuse, but, like Jim before him, experiences the racism prevalent at the time. Everything comes to a head in 1960 when Syracuse, rated No. 1, battles for the National College Championship against No. 2 University of Texas at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas.
THE EXPRESS is the inspiring biography of a man who, along with Jim Brown, helped break the color barrier in football. The cast does a great job. Best of all is the Christian strength of Ernie’s grandfather, who instills Ernie with the quiet fortitude, grace, integrity, and sense of justice that help him overcome the racism around him. The movie contains, however, plenty of foul language requiring strong caution for families. There is also a brief, but light, bedroom scene with Ernie and his wife.
THE EXPRESS is the inspiring biography of the man who, along with Jim Brown, helped smash the color barrier in football. The cast does a great job. Best of all is the Christian strength of Ernie’s grandfather, who instills Ernie with the quiet fortitude and grace that help him overcome the racism around him. The movie contains, however, plenty of foul language that requires strong caution for families.