The Express (2008)

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  • IMDb page: The Express (2008)
  • Rate: 7.1/10 total 7,192 votes 
  • Genre: Biography | Drama | Sport
  • Release Date: 10 October 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 130 min
  • Filming Location: Berwyn, Illinois, USA
  • Budget: $40,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $9,589,875(USA)(2 November 2008)
  • Director: Gary Fleder
  • Stars: Rob Brown, Dennis Quaid and Clancy Brown
  • Original Music By: Mark Isham   
  • Soundtrack: Down The Field
  • Sound Mix: SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: African American | Coach | Syracuse University | American Football | Student Athlete

Writing Credits By:

  • Charles Leavitt (written by)
  • Robert Gallagher (book "Ernie Davis: The Elmira Express")

Known Trivia

  • Career team record @ Syracuse 1959 11-0 1960 7-2 1961 8-3.
  • While taking his Cleveland Brown’s physical, the doctor feels Ernie’s neck and asks him if has not been feeling well. Swollen lymph glands on the neck are a symptom of Leukemia.

Goofs: Factual errors: Ernie Davis did not sit out the 3rd quarter of the game as shown in the movie.

Plot: A drama based on the life of college football hero Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy. Full summary »  »

Story: 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.Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>  

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Synopsis: Based on the incredible true story, The Express follows the inspirational life of college football hero Ernie Davis (Rob Brown), the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy. Following his draft by the NFL, tragedy struck the star athlete and he was never able to take the professional field. But his tale would forever change the face of professional sports.

Raised in poverty in the Southern Tier of New York State, Davis overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles to become an unstoppable running back for the Syracuse Orangemen. Under the guidance of coach Ben Schwartzwalder (Dennis Quaid) – a hard-nosed surrogate father with an obsession for winning a national championship – Davis would develop from an impressive high-school athlete into a legend.

While everyone agreed Ernie Davis was a miracle player, few thought this quiet young man would become an icon for the burgeoning civil rights movement dividing America in the early 1960’s. Refusing to play by the unspoken racist rules of the day, Davis broke through one barrier after another to alter the way fans looked at men of his color.

Though struck a terrible blow in the prime of his life, his spirit soared when most would crumble. Forcing his bull-headed coach to re-examine a life lived in color-based privilege, Davis would join the ranks of black pioneers who inspired a movement that smashed barriers on and off the playing field. (taken from universalpictures.com)

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Produced By:

  • Adam Coplan known as co-producer
  • Derek Dauchy known as executive producer
  • John Davis known as producer
  • Arne Schmidt known as executive producer (as Arne L. Schmidt)

FullCast & Crew:

  • Rob Brown known as Ernie Davis
  • Dennis Quaid known as Ben Schwartzwalder
  • Darrin Dewitt Henson known as Jim Brown
  • Omar Benson Miller known as Jack Buckley
  • Nelsan Ellis known as Will Davis, Jr.
  • Charles S. Dutton known as Willie 'Pops' Davis
  • Justin Martin known as Young Ernie
  • Justin Jones known as Young Will
  • Nicole Beharie known as Sarah Ward
  • Aunjanue Ellis known as Marie Davis
  • Elizabeth Shivers known as Elizabeth Davis
  • Clancy Brown known as Roy Simmons
  • Danny McCarthy known as Bill Bell
  • Regina Hoyles known as Sister
  • Chelcie Ross known as Lew Andreas
  • Saul Rubinek known as Art Modell
  • Craig Hawksley known as George Marshall
  • Jeff Still known as Al Malette
  • Geoff Stults known as Bob Lundy
  • Derek Graf known as Maury Youmans
  • Evan Jones known as Roger 'Hound Dog' Davis
  • Maximilian Osinski known as Gerhard Schwedes
  • Enver Gjokaj known as Dave Sarette
  • Laroyce Hawkins known as Art Baker
  • Lucas Ellman known as Squirrel
  • Josh Odor known as Darrell Royal
  • Matt Trissel known as Clay Taylor
  • Chad L. Stevens known as Peter Logan
  • Keir Thirus known as Bob Ferguson
  • Chaz Black known as Jimmy Saxton
  • Garth Gelker known as Holy Cross Linebacker
  • David Darlow known as Cotton Bowl Official
  • Michael Skewes known as Cotton Bowl Referee
  • Gary Houston known as Marty Harrigan
  • Ned Schmidtke known as Bill Clark
  • Keith Kupferer known as Small Fry Coach
  • Christopher Sullivan known as Assistant All-Star Coach
  • Aaron Roman Weiner known as Opposing Coach
  • Tim Grimm known as W. Virginia Coach
  • Matthew Settle known as President Kennedy
  • Stu Lisson known as Man in a Suit
  • Lance Baker known as Reporter
  • Christian Stolte known as Dan Boyle
  • Mike Bradecich known as Tom Martin
  • Chris Farrell known as W. Virginia Sportswriter
  • Doug James known as CBS Announcer
  • Ron Hawking known as Syracuse Announcer
  • Linara Washington known as Gloria Baker
  • Chadwick Boseman known as Floyd Little
  • Kevin R. Kelly known as Man in Dark Suit
  • Bruce Jarchow known as Dr. Hewlett
  • Ridge Canipe known as Gang Leader
  • Stephen Louis Grush known as Gang Member
  • Louie Cesario known as Gang Member
  • Paul Turner known as Longhorn Scout
  • Rick Uecker known as Middle-Aged Man
  • Kris Wolff known as Grounds Keeper
  • Jeffrey Zabrin known as Small Fry QB
  • Darryl Warren known as Heisman Official
  • Brian Mahoney known as Buffalo Doctor
  • Philip Rayburn Smith known as Business Lawyer
  • Laurie Larson known as Proprietor
  • Will Zahrn known as Doctor
  • Phillip Edward Van Lear known as NAACP Member (as Phillip Vanlear)
  • Michael Hargrove known as Arthur
  • F. David Roth known as Photographer
  • Richard Henzel known as W. Virginia Booster
  • Howie Johnson known as W. Virginia Heckler
  • James Anthony Zoccoli known as W. Virginia Heckler (as James Zoccoli)
  • Eddie Bo Smith Jr. known as Dallas Bellhop (as Eddie Bo Smith)
  • Jeff Christian known as Syracuse Trainer
  • Victor Cole known as Hotel Worker
  • William Dick known as Heisman Man in Suit
  • Sam Derence known as Sports Reporter
  • Brian Boland known as Cleveland Browns Asst. Coach
  • Walker Howard known as Robert Field
  • Leonard House known as Alan Touissant
  • Allan Graf known as W. Virginia Referee
  • Kevin Stark known as Reporter (Team Bus)
  • Kurt Naebig known as Reporter (Team Bus)
  • Ernest Perry Jr. known as Preacher
  • Ed Smaron known as Play-by-Play Announcer
  • Dan Flannery known as Hot Shot
  • Chet Coppock known as PA Announcer
  • Robert Cullent known as Petie
  • Guy Klinzing known as Chancellor Tully
  • Barry Tolli known as Elmira Free Academy Quarterback
  • Chris Cowan known as Boston College Linebacker
  • Michael Malczyk known as Penn State Linebacker
  • Torrey Vogel known as Brokaw
  • Kenya Drew known as Pretty Girl
  • John Anderson known as Cotton Bowl Referee
  • Jeff Welsh known as Texas Quarterback
  • Michael Labus known as Cleveland Browns Quarterback
  • Mike Ullrich known as Franklin (as Michael Ullrich)
  • Lonnie Brooks known as Singer
  • Nathan Adloff known as Student (uncredited)
  • Carlo Aparo known as Sideline Spectator (uncredited)
  • Billy Atchison known as Syracuse Football Player #25 (uncredited)
  • Scott Baity Jr. known as Neighborhood Boy (uncredited)
  • Laurel Beck known as Nurse (uncredited)
  • Christopher Scott Bell known as Syracuse Football Player (uncredited)
  • Joey Bicicchi known as Syracuse Football Player (uncredited)
  • Daniel Boughton known as Football Player / Dancer / Student / Fan (uncredited)
  • Suzy Brack known as Syracuse Spectator (uncredited)
  • Gene Bryant known as Syracuse Fan (uncredited)
  • Brad Carmody known as Fan (uncredited)
  • Kelli Clevenger known as Game Spectator (uncredited)
  • Evyenia Constantine known as Syracuse Student (uncredited)
  • Alexandra DiNovi known as Cheerleader (uncredited)
  • Kate Fitzgerald known as College Student (uncredited)
  • Ellen Fliesler known as Spectator / Passerby (uncredited)
  • Jason Frederick known as Syracuse Football Player #67 (uncredited)
  • Alex Gil known as Football Game Spectator (uncredited)
  • Ryan Hartford known as Syracuse Cheerleader (uncredited)
  • Naomi Heilmann known as Majorette (uncredited)
  • Kyle Hillman known as Syracuse Player – #57 (uncredited)
  • J. Alec Holmes known as Sportscaster / Reporter (uncredited)
  • Bob Kaliebe known as Reporter – Syracuse Daily News (uncredited)
  • Mark Keiser known as Syracuse Spectator (uncredited)
  • Sharon Kluge known as Wealthy Wife of Alumni (uncredited)
  • Bob Kolbey known as Kansas U Head Coach (uncredited)
  • Thomas Kosik known as Assistant Coach (uncredited)
  • Robert Kramer known as Heckler (uncredited)
  • Don Kress known as Times Reporter / Photographer (uncredited)
  • Tim Krueger known as Reporter – Look Magazine (uncredited)
  • Dan LaBuda known as Spectator in bleachers (uncredited)
  • Liz Larsen-Silva known as West Virginia Fan (uncredited)
  • Maximilian Law known as Narrator (uncredited)
  • Jamie Louachai known as Cheerleader (uncredited)
  • Angelina Lyubomirova known as Band Member (uncredited)
  • Alexandra Mann known as Syracuse Fan (uncredited)
  • George A. Martinez known as Football Player (uncredited)
  • J.R. Martino known as Syracuse Football Player (#86) (uncredited)
  • Joseph Mazurk known as Reporter in Cotton Bowl Press Box (uncredited)
  • Krista McEnany known as Texas Fan (uncredited)
  • Nick Monteleone known as Football Fan (uncredited)
  • Kevin Pitcairn known as Shopkeeper (uncredited)
  • Esther Povitsky known as Modell Teen (uncredited)
  • Chad Queen known as Syracuse Player (uncredited)
  • Jill Sayre known as (uncredited)
  • Mark Scafidi known as Syracuse Football Player / Cleveland Browns Football Player (uncredited)
  • Gary Sedlock known as Photographer / Newsreel Camera Operator (uncredited)
  • Tom Shelley known as Texas Football Player / Syracuse Football Player (uncredited)
  • André Sogliuzzo known as President Kennedy (voice) (uncredited)
  • Toni-Marie Spera known as Fan (uncredited)
  • Jimmy Styx known as Syracuse Player (uncredited)
  • Kevin Szaflik known as Texas Fan / Reporter (uncredited)
  • Tristan Layne Tapscott known as Fan #5 (uncredited)
  • John Thurner known as Reporter – Life Magazine (uncredited)
  • Giota Trakas known as University Student (uncredited)
  • Adrian Turika known as Boston College Football Player (uncredited)
  • Chuck Wagner known as Syracuse Strength Coach (uncredited)
  • Rose Waldschmidt known as Fan (uncredited)
  • Edwin Walker known as Segregated Syracuse Student (uncredited)
  • Mike Whyte known as Reporter (uncredited)
  • Lisa Wolf known as Football Fan (uncredited)
  • Robert A. Young known as Assistant Syracuse Football Coach (uncredited)

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  • Denise Baker known as additional hair stylist
  • Ron Berkeley known as makeup artist: Mr. Quaid
  • Mary 'Dugan' Buono known as key hair stylist (as Dugan Buono)
  • Scott Cameron known as hair stylist
  • Latrice Edwards known as makeup artist
  • Agnes M. Gibicar known as additional hair stylist (as Agnes Gibicar)
  • Agnes M. Gibicar known as key hair stylist: second unit (as Agnes Gibicar)
  • Vivian Guzman known as additional hair stylist
  • Lisa Jelic known as makeup artist
  • Kristin Lamar known as makeup artist
  • Aimee Lippert-Bastian known as key makeup artist (as Aimee Lippert)
  • Dominic Mango known as hair department head
  • Helen Marchfield known as assistant makeup artist
  • Tony Mirante known as hair department head
  • Kelly Nelson known as hair stylist: Mr. Quaid
  • Suzi Ostos known as makeup department head
  • Thomas Terhaar known as hair stylist
  • Tim Toth known as hair stylist

Art Department:

  • Marc Baird known as storyboard artist
  • Jason Breitzman known as prop master: second unit
  • Danny Cavada known as additional art department production assistant
  • David J. Chamerski known as assistant property master
  • Helmer Claesson known as on-set dresser
  • William Dambra known as property master
  • Kyle Holden known as assistant property master
  • Kyle Holden known as prop master: second unit
  • Abbie Jacobson known as assistant set decorator
  • Matthew J. Norskog known as second on-set dresser
  • Marquee Reno known as second unit props
  • Paul Sharpe known as art department production assistant
  • Monica Sotto known as art department coordinator
  • Glenn Stevens known as construction foreman
  • Larry Szymanowski known as on-set scenic artist
  • David Tennenbaum known as set designer
  • Scott Troha known as leadman
  • David Utley known as assistant art director
  • Randall D. Wilkins known as set designer
  • Erica Willis McCormick known as art department production assistant (as Erica Willis)
  • Jane Wuu known as set designer
  • Cliff Zimowski known as set decorating coordinator
  • Phillip Ellman known as greens foreman (uncredited)

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Production Companies:

  • Davis Entertainment
  • IDEA Filmproduktions
  • Relativity Media

Other Companies:

  • Liquid Soul Media  marketing and promotion
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • EFilm  digital intermediate
  • ExtraOrdinary Casting  extras casting
  • Fletcher Chicago  additional camera equipment
  • Joan Philo Casting  extras casting
  • Klass Security and Investigations  anti-piracy film security (uncredited)
  • Klass Security and Investigations  screening services
  • Lakeshore Records  soundtrack
  • Movie Movers  star trailers
  • Movie Movers  transportation
  • PIC Agency  titles
  • Rockbottom Rentals  walkie rentals
  • Scarlet Letters  end titles
  • SoundWorks Houston  additional adr
  • Soundelux  post-production sound services
  • SportsBrandedMedia  sports consultants
  • Sportsrobe  costumes

Distributors:

  • Universal Studios (2008) (worldwide) (all media)
  • Universal Pictures (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Argentina Video Home (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Cinemax (2012) (Hungary) (TV)
  • Home Box Office (HBO) (2009) (USA) (TV)
  • Sky Cinema (2009) (Germany) (TV)
  • Universal Studios Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • Universal Studios Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • fX Network (2010) (USA) (TV)

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Special Effects:

  • CIS Hollywood (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Gary Abrahamian known as animation lead: CIS Hollywood
  • Jayni Borgaro known as paint and roto artist: CIS Hollywood
  • Steve Bowen known as digital intermediate colorist
  • Melissa Brockman known as visual effects producer
  • Elika Burns known as roto/paint artist: CIS Hollywood
  • Joanna 'Joey' Cade known as Massive animation producer: Reel FX
  • Scott Seungpil Chung known as effects artist: CIS Hollywood
  • Patrick Clancey known as digital opticals
  • Sarah Coatts known as visual effects producer: PIC
  • Shane Cook known as compositor: CIS Hollywood
  • Craig Crawford known as compositor: CIS Hollywood
  • Sara Docksey known as visual effects coordinator: CIS Hollywood
  • Alan Hernandez known as texture artist
  • Heather Elisa Hill known as production supervisor: CIS Hollywood
  • Ian Hubbard known as modeler: CIS Hollywood
  • Ian Hubbard known as texture artist: CIS Hollywood
  • Mark Justison known as roto/paint artist: CIS Hollywood
  • Dan Kaufman known as digital vfx supervisor: CIS Hollywood
  • Heather MacPhee known as paint and rotoscope artist: CIS Hollywood
  • Philippe Majdalani known as digital intermediate assistant producer
  • Steven Messing known as matte painting supervisor: Digital Backlot
  • Kama Moiha known as compositor: CIS Hollywood
  • Kenneth Nakada known as digital matte painter: CIS Hollywood
  • James P. Noon known as tracking
  • Gregory Oehler known as senior compositor: CIS Hollywood
  • Julie Orosz known as executive producer: cis hollywood
  • Eric Pender known as cg artist: CIS Hollywood
  • Brian Ripley known as digital artist
  • Chris Ryan known as cg artist: CIS Hollywood
  • Rick Sander known as visual effects lighter
  • Greg Shimp known as paint & rotoscoping artist: CIS Hollywood
  • Prateep Siamwalla known as tracking
  • Craig A. Simms known as compositor: CIS Hollywood
  • Thomas J. Smith known as visual effects supervisor
  • Andy Tanguay known as lead modeler: CIS Hollywood
  • James Valentine known as paint & rotoscoping artist: CIS Hollywood
  • Jerry Weil known as cg artist: CIS Hollywood
  • Matt Wilson known as compositor: CIS Hollywood
  • Xye known as tracking
  • Matt Ashton known as senior systems: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)
  • Donald Fly known as general manager: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)
  • Amy Garback known as effects liaison: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)
  • Brian Holmes known as systems engineer: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)
  • J. Kitazaki known as production assistant: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)
  • Thomas Mathai known as data manager (uncredited)
  • Robert Minsk known as systems: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)
  • Kyle Yamamoto known as programmer: CIS Hollywood (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • USA 12 September 2008 (Syracuse, New York) (premiere)
  • USA 10 October 2008
  • UK 5 December 2008
  • Brazil 1 April 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Argentina 3 June 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Iceland 15 October 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Italy 4 November 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Germany 9 December 2009 (TV premiere)
  • Australia 7 January 2010 (TV premiere)
  • Hungary 21 January 2012 (TV premiere)

MPAA: Rated PG for thematic content, violence and language involving racism, and for brief sensuality

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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