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The Express

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Gary Fleder

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About the Movie

Witness the inspirational true story of a real American hero. Rising from the humblest of 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 is a powerful story of triumph on and off the field that will have you cheering again and again!

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 117
  • Fresh: 70
  • Rotten: 47
  • Average Rating: 6.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Packages a real-life story of athletic triumph and social progress into an accessible, rousing melodrama that is no less potent for being almost entirely predictable. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Oct 13, 2008

Fresh: Despite appealing performances and kinetic football scenes, the storytelling is mostly conventional, except for two outstanding set pieces. – Mike Clark, USA Today, Nov 10, 2008

Rotten: The film does the job, in its conventional way. But it's geared to throw the prime screen time in the direction of the guy playing the guy coaching the guy who's supposed to be running the movie. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Oct 20, 2008

Fresh: The player, coach and even the wise grandfather figure played by Charles S. Dutton have at least one more dimension than the typical sports-movie stereotypes. – Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, Oct 18, 2008

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Customer Reviews


This is a wonderful tale about the first African-American Footballer to win the hizemen trophy, it is great!


I had some passes to a free prescreening. I am NOT a football fan at all and my critic friend was not either. But in the end the story was not about football, it was about the struggles and life of one man laid to the background of college football. By far one of the best films I had seen in years, my friend agreed. Even if you are not a football fan like myself you will truly enjoy this film.

Amazing Movie

A movie that represents a great hero in college football history

The Express
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2008

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