The Express

Synopsis: This biopic focuses on the relationship of Ernie Davis (1939-1963), a gifted African-American athlete, and his coach from 1958 to 1962 at Syracuse University, Ben Schwartzwalder (1909-1993). Schwartzwalder recruits Davis with the help of All-American running back, Jim Brown. The civil rights movement is gaining steam; Davis experiences prejudice on campus, in town, and on the field, sometimes from teammates. How he handles it and how he challenges Schwartzwalder to stand up for his players provide a counterpoint to several great seasons that lead first to a national championship and then to the Heismann Trophy.
Director(s): Gary Fleder
Production: Universal Pictures
  1 win & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
130 min

So, I'll see you soon.

Come on, boys.

Line up. Line up.

I got some new

jerseys here for you.

Wait till you see these.

Here you go,

Mike, Aaron, Nick.

Patrick, there's one for you.

You been waiting for

these, I know it.

Here you go,

Peewee. Put it on.


I'm sorry, boys.

That's all there are.

Don't worry. The

other team won't...

have any trouble

recognizing you.

Come on. Huddle.



Just give him the ball.


- Ready.




That your son?

Yes. Yes, it is.

Al Malette,

Elmira Star-Gazette.

What's his name?


His name is Ernie Davis.

Ernie Davis.


So you're the man

who owns Jim Brown.

I own the team.

He's his own man. Hey, Jim.

I think you've

done enough of that.

Mr. Modell,

just a few more?

This is the last time he's

gonna be on this field.

You've got plenty, Rex.

Boys, thank you very much.

That's good, we got it.

Jim, come over here.

All right, fellas.

Take a couple like this.

Nice big smile, Jim.

Hey, Jim, you

think you're ready?

Right here, Jim, look

here. Right here...

So Jim Brown's

gonna be wearing...

a Cleveland Browns jersey.

How's it feel?

It feels right.

Jim? Right here, Jim.

Dan Boyle,

Chicago Sun.

You had a terrific year

here at Syracuse, Jim.

Seven yards a carry,

broke records,

took your team to

the Cotton Bowl,

number one draft choice,

signed a big contract.

I'm guessing you're

pretty happy...

with the way

things turned out.

I could be happier.

You left something out.

You talking about

the Heisman Trophy, Jim?

I didn't win that.

Actually, no Negro

has ever won it.

And you're saying

you should have?

Now, if I say that...

the papers tomorrow will tell...

the story of the

angry Negro...

who doesn't know his place.

I know my place,

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Charles Leavitt

Charles Leavitt (born 1970) is an American screenwriter best known for writing the 2006 film Blood Diamond. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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