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The Express

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The Express

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
runtime:
129 minutes
Wide Release Date:
10/10/08
performer:
Rob Brown, Dennis Quaid, Clancy Brown, Omar Benson Miller
director:
Gary Fleder
distributor:
Universal
author:
Robert Gallagher
genre:
Biography, Drama, Sports

We gave it a B-

Has Dennis Quaid really never played a college football coach before? With his handsome, craggy face and likable intensity, he was born for the job, and he’s the main attraction in The Express, an overlong 1960s-set biopic of Ernie Davis (Rob Brown), the famous Syracuse running back coached by Quaid’s gruff (but kinda soft) Ben Schwartzwalder. The movie is structured all wrong — after the climactic Big Game, it rolls on for another 20 minutes — but Quaid delivers near the end. When Davis becomes the first African- American to win the Heisman, Quaid’s choked-up reaction is the movie’s high point. Even though it shouldn’t be. B?