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Release Date:-
10 October 2008 (USA)
Plot:-A drama based on the life of college football hero Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.

The movie begins with Ernie Davis as a young African American boy growing up in Uniontown, Pennsylvania in the late 1940s. Ernie and his same-aged uncle, Will Davis, Jr., experience racism by neighborhood bullies, which forces Ernie to use his superior athletic ability to escape harm. Ernie lives with his grandparents, including his grandfather Will Davis (affectionally known as "Pops"), who helps Ernie overcome a stuttering problem by reading passages from the Bible. Pops also introduces Ernie to the story of Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play in Major League Baseball, and Ernie pins a picture of Jackie Robinson to his bedroom wall. Ernie's mother, Marie Davis, eventually returns to inform the family that she has remarried and can now afford to raise Ernie at her home in Elmira, New York.

Upon relocating to Elmira, Ernie is excited to see a Small Fry Football League and joins the local team. Although he experiences slights because of his race, he excels on the football field as a running back and is clearly the best player on the field.

Several years later, Syracuse University football head coach Ben Schwartzwalder is searching for a running back to address the absence of Jim Brown, the graduating player completing his All-American senior season. After rejecting several talented prospects because of perceived laziness or injuries, Schwartzwalder is intrigued after seeing footage of Ernie playing for Elmira Free Academy.

Schwartzwalder convinces Brown to accompany him on a recruiting visit to see Ernie and his family in hopes of luring him to sign with Syracuse. Ernie is in awe when meeting Brown, reciting his football statistics while shaking his hand. Brown confides in Ernie that, while his time at Syracuse will be difficult because of racism, Schwartzwalder will make him a better player. Ernie decides to enroll at Syracuse and spurns the recruiting efforts of many other schools, including Notre Dame.

Ernie arrives at Syracuse and is escorted through the campus by Athletic Director Lew Andreas. Ernie walks into the trophy room and scans the pictures of past Heisman Trophy winners, recognizing that no winner to date was African American. Schwartzwalder tells Ernie that no Syracuse player had won the trophy to date, but that he should focus on winning games, not trophies.

Ernie begins practice with the team and quickly demonstrates that he is a superior athlete. Schwartzwalder informs his coaching staff that he wants Ernie to practice with and be assigned to the varsity team and not the freshman team, even though athletes are ineligible to play varsity football during their freshman year. Schwartzwalder also assigns Ernie the jersey number 44, which Brown had previously worn. These actions cause some dissension among veteran members of the team, who feel that Ernie is getting preferential treatment without having earned that right. Ernie faces harsh treatment from some of his teammates during practices, to which he responds with equally physical play. During Ernie's freshman season, he watches from the sidelines as the football team fails to meet expectations, including losing to lowly-regarded Holy Cross in a driving rainstorm.

After Schwartzwalder sees Ernie looking at a white cheerleader who appears to be flirting with him, he calls Ernie into his office and informs him that there are "some lines" he cannot cross. Ernie's friend and teammate Jack Buckley (nicknamed "J.B.") tells him that African American women are essentially non-existent at Syracuse, which leads Ernie to get very intrigued when he spots an attractive young African American woman on campus. He eventually meets her at a school dance, and learns that her name is Sarah Ward and that she is studying at Cornell to be a teacher.

At the start of the 1959 college football season, Schwartzwalder informs the team that Syracuse has never won a national championship, but that it was his goal to win one that season. Ernie immediately excels playing for the varsity team, accummulating rushing yards and touchdowns to lead Syracuse to victories over Kansas, Pitt, Penn State, and Holy Cross. When the team travels to West Virginia University to play the Mountaineers, Schwartzwalder warns the team that they will face abuse, hostility and racism from the crowd like they had never before experienced. Although Syracuse controlled the game, Schwartzwalder removes Ernie from the game before he can score a touchdown because he fears that the crowd will react negatively and violently. On the next series of downs, Ernie refuses to be removed from the game while near the goal line and scores a touchdown. Ernie and Schwartzwalder have an angry confrontation on the bench where Schwartzwalder demands that Ernie follow his instructions and Ernie demands that Schwartzwalder respect him as an equal part of the team and not give in to racism.

During a long weekend, Ernie returns to Uniontown to visit Pops and Will, Jr. Will, Jr. takes Ernie to an NAACP meeting and challenges Ernie to use his new-found notoriety for something more, so that he can assist in the civil rights movement. After returning to campus, Ernie learns that Pops has passed away and returns to Uniontown for the funeral.

After Syracuse defeats UCLA to conclude the regular season undefeated and ranked number one in the nation, Schwartzwalder informs the team that they have two choices: either play the eighth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs in the Orange Bowl in Miami, or the second-ranked Texas Longhorns in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. The team, led by Ernie, unanimously vote to play Texas much to Schwartzwalder's delight, who had told the team, "I believe that in order to be the best, you must beat the best."

During the long bus trip to Texas, Ernie and the team see parts of the country affected by Jim Crow laws, and also see African-Americans who cheer on the team for their accomplishments. Upon arriving at the hotel, the team bus is met by a loud and raucous protest by those who believe in segregation. Though told by Lew Andreas that the hotel does not allow African Americans to stay as guests, Schwartzwalder and the team inform Andreas that they will not allow their own players to stay at a different location. The hotel eventually finds sparse, and unsuitable, accommodations for Ernie, J.B., and another African American teammate. During practice, Ernie injures his hamstring and is taken to the locker room for treatment. While in the locker room, Andreas tells Schwartzwalder that he believes it would be for the best if Ernie does not play, showing him racist and threatening hate mail that the team received since having arrived in Texas. Schwartzwalder refuses to give in to the threats, and a defiant Ernie overhears the conversation and boldly tells Andreas, "I'm playing. Do you hear me? I'm playing."

During the Cotton Bowl game of January 1, 1960, Ernie gamely attempts to lead his team to victory but is hampered by an injured leg, biased officiating, and a hostile opponent that attempts to further injure him. At the conclusion of the first half, the game is marred by an ugly brawl involving both benches emptying after several Texas players deliberately attempt to hurt Ernie. Syracuse takes a 15-0 lead into halftime, when Schwartzwalder informs Ernie that he will not be playing in the second half. Despite Schwartzwalder having delivered an inspiring halftime speech, Syracuse loses momentum without Ernie and finds their lead cut to 15-14. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, Ernie reemerges from the locker room ready to resume playing, convicing Schwartzwalder that he can play and contribute. Ernie scores a crucial touchdown and makes a game-ending defensive play to preserve a Syracuse victory and earn the team their first national championship. After the game, Ernie is informed that he has won the Cotton Bowl Most Valuable Player award, but that the award ceremony is to take place in a "whites only" country club. The team refuses to attend the ceremony and instead celebrates at a local bar by dancing to rock n roll music and hoisting the national championship trophy.

The story resumes almost two years later, when Ernie wins the 1961 Heisman Trophy after his senior season. He meets President John F. Kennedy, who congratulates him on his accomplishments.

Ernie becomes a member of the National Football League Cleveland Browns, who trade up to acquire his rights after the owner of the Washington Redskins refuses to sign an African-American player. Ernie joins his idol, Jim Brown, as a member of the team.

Ernie is disturbed by a series of nosebleeds, and while practicing for the College All-Star Game, loses consciousness. His doctors cannot accurately diagnose his medical condition. However, during a practice for the Cleveland Browns, he is informed by team owner Art Modell that he will be unable to play during the upcoming season because of his medical condition. It is only then that he shares the seriousness of his illness with his girlfriend, Sarah.

Schwartzwalder continues to offer support to Ernie and stand by him during this troubling time. Schwartzwalder also asks Ernie to come to Connecticut with him to assist him on a recruiting mission to sign a talented high school running back, Floyd Little. Little had already committed to Notre Dame, but Ernie tries to convince him to sign with Syracuse instead. When Little first meets Ernie, he is in awe of him and recites his collegiate football statistics while shaking his hand, much like Ernie did while meeting Jim Brown four years earlier.

Soon after, Ernie holds a press conference and announces he has been diagnosed with leukemia. He vows to fight the disease and promises to play football again one day. The Cleveland Browns honor Ernie by allowing him to suit up in a team uniform and join the team while running out before a game with the Chicago Bears. Schwartzwalder meets him in the tunnel entering the stadium to tell him that Little had committed to Syracuse. Ernie runs out on the field and is met by thundering applause by the crowd and by the Bears' and Browns' players, who have created an honor line for him.

The movie concludes with a written narrative explaining that Ernie died on May 18, 1963, that 10,000 people attended his funeral service, and that President Kennedy sent a sympathy telegram that was read at the service. It also explains that Little continued the tradition of wearing the uniform #44 while playing at Syracuse to honor Ernie.

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