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Summary: This biopic focuses on the relationship of Ernie Davis (1939-1963), a gifted African-American athlete, and his coach from 1958 to 1962 at Syracuse University, Ben Schwartzwalder (1909-1993). Schwartzwalder recruits Davis with the help of All-American running back, Jim Brown. The civil rights movement is gaining steam; Davis experiences prejudice on campus, in town, and on the field, sometimes from teammates. How he handles it and how he challenges Schwartzwalder to stand up for his players provide a counterpoint to several great seasons that lead first to a national championship and then to the Heismann Trophy.
Runtime: 130 min
Rating: Rated PG for thematic content, violence and language involving racism, and for brief sensuality. (edited from PG-13 version)
Production: Relativity Media
Genres: Biography, Drama, Sport
Countries: USA, Germany
Language: English
Home Release Date: Jan 20, 2009
Director Credit
Gary Fleder Director
Writer Credit
Charles Leavitt Written By
Robert Gallagher Book "Ernie Davis: The Elmira Express"
Principal Cast Credit
Clancy Brown Roy Simmons
Dennis Quaid Ben Schwartzwalder
Rob Brown Ernie Davis
Cast Credit
Aunjanue Ellis Marie Davis
Charles S. Dutton Willie 'Pops' Davis
Chelcie Ross Lew Andreas
Danny McCarthy Bill Bell
Darrin Dewitt Henson Jim Brown
Elizabeth Shivers Elizabeth Davis
Justin Jones Young Will
Justin Martin Young Ernie
Nelsan Ellis Will Davis, Jr.
Nicole Beharie Sarah Ward
Omar Benson Miller Jack Buckley
Regina Hoyles Sister
Producer Credit
Adam Coplan Co-Producer
Arne Schmidt Executive Producer
Derek Dauchy Executive Producer
John Davis Producer Movie title data, credits, and poster art provided by: