Every year, one of the big movie studios produce a sports movie that’s meant to not only teach you about our countries past, but to pull a few heart strings while they’re at it. This year is no different, as Universal is releasing “The Express” in a few weeks, and it’s a football movie based on the life of Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy. Here’s the official synopsis:
Based ona true story, The Express follows theextraordinary life ofcollege football hero Ernie Davis (Rob Brown).
Raised in poverty in Pennsylvania coal-mining country, Davis hurdled social and economic obstacles to becomeone of the greatest running backs in college football history. Under the guidance of legendary Syracuse coach Ben Schwartzwalder (Dennis Quaid), he became a hero who superseded Jim Brown’s achievements and set records that stand to this day.
Decorated veteran Schwartzwalder was a Southerner with a single vision of a national championship and hardened ideas about how the world worked. But though he and Davis clashed mightily, he taught the player everything he knew about football, just as Davis helped him learn the true meaning of victory.
As the growing civil rights movement divided the country in the ’60s, Davis became a symbol for achievement that transcended race. Refusing to flinch from others’ prejudices, he achieved all his goals—until he faced a challenge that would make most men crumble. He joined the ranks of black pioneers by teaching a generation tolerance, inspiring a movement that smashed barriers on and off the field.
Anyway, I’ll be attending the press junket for “The Express” this weekend, so look for a lot of interviews before the movie arrives in theaters. Until then, take a look at some of the clips and featurettes that Universal has given us. “The Express” arrives in theaters October 10th.
A Look Inside The Express Featurette
Clip 1 – Coach and Jim go see Ernie play
Clip 2 – Ernie’s first Syracuse practice
Clip 3 – Ernie questions coach about being given #44
Clip 4 – JB introduces himself and Ernie to the girls
Clip 5 – Ernie scores a touchdown against Kansa
more clips on page 2 ——>
Clip 6 – Ernie has dinner with Pops and Will
Clip 7 – Ernie apologizes to coach on the bus
Clip 8 – The team is greeted by a mob in Texas
Clip 9 – Coach’s halftime speech to the team
B-Roll – Behind the scenes