The Express 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,… The Express 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,… 2008-10-10 PG PT129M Biography Drama Sports Rob Brown Dennis Quaid Clancy Brown Omar Benson Miller Universal
Movie Review

The Express (2008)

MPAA Rating: PG
THE EXPRESS
THE EXPRESS
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Oct 10, 2008; Rated: PG; Length: 129 Minutes; Genres: Biography, Drama, Sports; With: Rob Brown and Dennis Quaid; Distributor: Universal

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–

Originally posted Oct 07, 2008 Published in issue #1016 Oct 17, 2008 Order article reprints