The Express is a predictable, inspirational sports movie that centers on running back Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy in 1961. Rob Brown plays the Syracuse University legend, and Texas actor Dennis Quaid plays his coach.
While the country is fighting its own racial battles, Ernie takes his fight to the football field and the result is a player that broke down barriers. But it wasn't easy, and in the late 50's and early 60's, it wasn't always nice.
The Express is directed by Gary Fleder - he directed Kiss The Girls and Runaway Jury. Yes, the music swells at just the right moment, and yes there is plenty of slow motion action, but there IS something remarkable and profound about the life and times of Ernie Davis.
The Express is rated PG and includes a trip to the Cotton Bowl against Texas. Ernie Davis died of leukemia at the tender age of 23. He never played professional football, but as a college player, Heisman winner, and as a human being, Ernie was simply the best.