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Rated PG · 129 minutes · 2008

Rob Brown (Stop-Loss) gives a gracefully understated performance as Ernie Davis, the astonishing Syracuse University running back who flouted the unwritten gridiron rules of the Jim Crow south and gave the civil rights movement a shot in the arm in 1961 when he became the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy. Dennis Quaid provides him with an excellent foil as the barking Syracuse coach Ben Schwartzwalder, director Gary Fleder (Kiss the Girls) does an end run around the genre's cliches, and cinematographer Kramer Morgenthau plays with desaturated color and highlights for a rich period feel. With Charles S. Dutton and Darrin Dewitt Henson (128 min.).
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Director: Gary Fleder
Writer: Charles Leavitt and Robert Gallagher
Producer: John Davis
Cast: Dennis Quaid, Rob Brown, Omar Benson Miller, Clancy Brown and Charles S. Dutton


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