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Alternate Names:
Title in Español:

El expreso de Elmira

Title in Italiano:

The Express


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

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The Express
Mess Of Blues
Elvis Presley: Performer
Doc Pomus: Writer
Choo Choo Ch' Boogie
Alone Is When You Break My Heart
Steve Weisberg: Writer
Shake, Rattle And Roll
Big Joe Turner: Performer
Charles F. Calhoun: Writer
I Love You Darlin'
Steve Weisberg: Writer
Let The Good Times Roll
Leonard Lee: Writer
Shirley & Lee: Performer
Got My Mo Jo Working
Preston Foster: Writer
Muddy Waters: Performer
Everybody Rock
Jimmy McCracklin: Writer
Steve Biossat: Performer
Just A Little Bit
Salty Papa Blues
What'd I Say
Hound Dog
Move Over Little Dog
Send For Me
Don't Forget
Choo Choo Ch' Boogie
Vaughn Horton: Performer
Shake Rattle and Roll
Charles F. Calhoun: Performer
I Love You Darlin'
Steve Weisberg: Performer
Too Hot to Handle
Frankie Miller: Performer
Down the Field
Ralph Bass: Performer
What'd I Say
Ray Charles: Performer
Don't Forget
Steve Weisberg: Performer

User reviews

Kenneth Moore

The soundtrack of The Express felt uninspired and generic, lacking the emotional depth needed to truly capture the essence of Ernie Davis's inspirational journey. It failed to evoke the powerful emotions and struggles faced by the protagonist, making key moments in the film fall flat.

Linda Adams

The use of soulful melodies and uplifting themes in the soundtrack adds depth and emotional resonance to key moments in the film, enhancing the audience's connection to the story.

James Johnson

The musical choices in the film seemed disconnected from the time period and setting, failing to immerse the audience in the era of the early 1960s. Rather than enhancing the storytelling, the soundtrack felt like a missed opportunity to transport viewers to a specific time and place, leaving a sense of dissonance between the visuals and the music.

Steven Mitchell

Overall, the soundtrack of The Express enhances the viewing experience by providing a moving and poignant musical backdrop to Ernie Davis's remarkable journey.

Joseph Hernandez

The incorporation of period-appropriate music from the early 1960s helps to immerse viewers in the historical context of the civil rights movement and the challenges faced by African-American athletes like Ernie Davis.

William Lewis

The orchestral arrangements in the soundtrack evoke a sense of determination and resilience, reflecting Ernie Davis's unwavering spirit in the face of adversity.

Donald Wilson

The soundtrack of The Express is a powerful and emotive complement to the inspirational story of Ernie Davis. The music effectively captures the triumphs and struggles of his life journey.

Mary Rodriguez

The music in 'The Express' evokes a sense of triumph and perseverance, reflecting Ernie Davis' resilience in overcoming obstacles and breaking through racial barriers in the 1960s.

Deborah Martin

The score of The Express lacked cohesion and failed to create a consistent tone throughout the film. The transitions between scenes felt abrupt and disjointed, with the music failing to provide a sense of continuity or build-up. This inconsistency in the soundtrack detracted from the overall viewing experience, leaving the audience feeling disconnected from the story and characters.

Amanda Adams

The Express' soundtrack perfectly captures the emotional journey of Ernie Davis, from his humble beginnings to becoming a college football hero and a symbol of change in professional sports.

Mark Williams

The soundtrack effectively underscores the mentorship relationship between Ernie Davis and Coach Ben Schwartzwalder, highlighting the bond between the two characters and the impact of their partnership on Davis's success.

George Scott

The soundtrack enhances the storytelling of Ernie Davis' life, adding depth and emotion to his inspirational story of courage and determination.