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Gary Fleder


Rob Brown
Dennis Quaid
Clancy Brown
Charles S. Dutton
Geoff Stults
Saul Rubinek





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The dramatic story of the life of Ernie Davis, the first African American to ever win the Heisman trophy. It displays his troubles, the controversy and everything he must prove to show that he is the greatest college football athlete in the country. It also depicts his early childhood and the poverty he lived in before going to college.

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Chris Kavan 08/20/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A good, true story with a fine cast and a message. It's not as sugar-coated as some films, but you know they're leaving things out as well. Still, for one of the based-on-real-events films, it does a nice job.

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patjohnson76 03/12/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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It's sad that this movie, which tells the story of Ernie Davis, the first African American to win the Heisman and who helped lead Syracuse football to its first national championship, didn't catch on better than it did. Superbly acted, it builds an exciting story to a climactic showdown with Texas for the national title. Perhaps the final act slows it down too much, as it focuses on Davis post college and his early death. Whatever the case, if you're a football fan or are familiar with Davis you shouldn't miss this, although I think anyone who likes a good sports story will enjoy it as well.

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01/07/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Not bad, for the genre

In terms of sports movies many of the regular clichés are on hand here. Quaid is the gruff coach with a heart who learns to love and trust his players, and the film showcases the racial issues of the time in a mostly family friendly PG kinda way. However the film also strays from the pat formula in some interesting ways.

Davis isn’t the headcase, the star with the ego, the brain, or the fool. He’s just a good guy with a talent for playing football and a drive to prove something to himself, as well as his detractors, on the field. Rob Brown gives a strong performance that will either make or break the movie, and he succeeds.

I also like the urging of Ernie’s brother (Nelsan Ellis) who chastises him into understanding how important his role is off the field as well as on and to th...

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