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star Rob Brown steps into the cleats of Heisman Trophy-winning gridiron giant Ernie Davis in director Gary Fleder's inspirational sports docudrama. As a young boy reared not far from the northern Pennsylvania state line, Davis dreamed of blasting through the end zone and scoring a triumphant touchdown while fans rose to their feet and cheered. When Davis later became a star running back for the Syracuse Orangemen, his dreams were finally on the way to becoming a reality. Under the wing of coach Ben Schwartzwalder (Dennis Quaid), it seemed as if there is nothing that could stop Davis from entering into the annals of sports history; even during an era in which the civil rights movement was just gaining momentum, this fledgling gridiron giant never once doubted his ability to rise to the top. When Davis was diagnosed with leukemia shortly after being drafted into the NFL, however, his will to survive soon eclipsed his dreams of success. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:October 10, 2008


Rob Brown
as Ernie Davis
Dennis Quaid
as Ben Schwartzwalder
Omar Benson Miller
as Jack Buckley
Darrin Dewitt Henson
as Jim Brown
Charles S. Dutton
as Willie 'Pops' Davis
Justin Martin
as Young Ernie
Geoff Stults
as Bob Lundy
Clancy Brown
as Roy Simmons


Gary Fleder
Charles Leavitt
Kramer Morgenthau
Margaret Yen
Musical Direction/Supervision
Peter Afterman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Mark Isham
Composer (Music Score)
Padraic McKinley
William Steinkamp
Nelson Coates
Production Designer
Seth Reed
Art Director
Adam Copeland
Ryan Kavanaugh
Executive Producer
Derek Dauchy
Executive Producer
Ezra Swerdlow
Executive Producer
Arne Schmidt
Executive Producer
David Tennenbaum
Set Designer
Randall D. Wilkins
Set Designer
Denise Pizzini
Set Decorator
Abigail Murray
Costume Designer
David Obermeyer
Sound/Sound Designer
Scott Martin Gershin
Sound/Sound Designer
Tricia Wood
Deborah Aquila
Michael Zimbrich
Second Assistant Director
Sara Docksey
Visual Effects Supervisor
Scott Martin Gershin
Supervising Sound Editor