Quotations from The Express
The Express is a biography sports drama film about Ernie Davis, a college football star and the first black-American to win the Heisman Trophy. The film is a true story about the man who faced many obstacles and hardships throughout his life and playing career, especially when traveling to the south for games. Ernie Davis, for all his college glory, did not have a long NFL career. Sadly, he was diagnosed with leukemia shortly after signing with his team and died shortly after. Directed by Gary Fleder. Starring Rob Brown, Charles S. Dutton, and Dennis Quaid. Based on the book "Ernie Davis: The Elmira Express" by Robert C. Gallagher.
The Express received positive critical reviews upon its release. Nonetheless, the movie went on to be a financial failure in the box office, losing tens of millions of dollars. Continue reading for some quotes from The Express.
Bob Costas: In 1956, Syracuse University's Jim Brown was perhaps the best running back college football had ever seen. But he was unable to become the first African-American to win the heisman trophy. Some said if Brown couldn't do it, it might never happen. One year later, Ernie Davis took the field.
Davis' father: Mr. Brown, what's it like at Syracuse for men like us.
Jim Brown: It's not that different than a lot of places.
Jim Brown: But Schwartzwalder, he's one of the best coaches in college ball.
Reporter: In light of what's going on in this country, do you feel added pressure to represent change.
Ernie Davis: When I'm out on that field I only think about winning the game. But that doesn't mean I don't know the color of my own skin.
Ernie Davis: I'm playing! You hear me?
Ben Schwartzwalder: This is not just a game. We're fighting something else out on that field right now.
Ernie Davis: I can't even walk in the front door of a hotel. Now all those people who believe that's right are watching. But you know what? So are they.
Ben Schwartzwalder: Winning this one means nothing if you lose yourselves. Don't you let anyone steal history away from you.
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