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The Express Movie

Updated on October 20, 2016
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One of my best Movies

Have you watched the Express movie?

An American sports movie that sparked in me what I experienced twenty years ago in South Africa.

The Ernie Davis story brought back memories from my past life.

Racism is evil!

I believed my past life was normal.

The three colored players were not allowed to enter the fancy hotel. Instead, were given cheaper, and not very cleaned rooms to sleep in for the night.

It was not worthy gesture for Ernie Davis and two other players.

The color of their skin was a problem to other people.

Discrimination hurt me and my family. The Express movie showed me how Ernie Davis dealt with his racist experiences.

Two boys confronted by gangs on the railway track.

The one fled while Ernie Davis the hero stayed on a few minutes and picked up the sack of bottles and ran off too.

Discrimination destroyed many people's lives and is a sad issue.

Color kept people apart as cultures.

During that time the blacks were treated as slaves. I was enlightened of how colored people lived in the times of slavery.

The apartheid era made life different. Born and raised in South Africa during the 70s, 80s made everything I knew feel normal.

Was it normal?

It was not normal to live in that way. I didn't understand racism.

I attended an Indian(only) school nearby and did not think of what affected many people.

My parents didn't complain. I had no reason to believe in any different than they did, and did not complain.

Not understanding the color issue allowed for me to go on each day as normal as others.

As I grew older, I realized the differences in myself and in other people. I took little to heart and learned to treat everyone alike.

Racism is a big part of this world and understanding the behavior of individuals is not an easy way out.

My childhood years grew happy.

We accepted our lifestyles, and did not view others as they had viewed us.

To live in a separate neighborhood did not affect me though made me look different.

I grew to understand everything through personal experiences. I thought it wasn't right for me, or anyone to be treated in such a manner.

It was not my place to change others to make good.

When others did not see us as fit to their society I ignored what I knew is out my reach.

Family life got better and I had a great family life back home.

My life changed when I married and moved to Croatia.

Since then I noticed how acceptance changed me.

When people accepted me and treated me as human that differs.

I felt different but in a special way.

Growing up where I felt different, and to be in a place where I am not treated different is a huge click.

Being treated different for the color of your skin is not a normal part of life for anyone.

I am happier in Croatia and am myself.

I changed through my daily experiences.

My life in the past taught me to be lazy and dependent on others.

A lifestyle I grew into in my country and it did not go together with freedom.

In the past people were not able to do because of their color of their skin.

I appreciate life in my new country.

The diverse South African lifestyle taught me to be open-minded. The many cultures are interesting and unique.

I learned in Croatia of the different lifestyle and tried to get into something new. The approach did work out well for me.

The many changes allowed me to see my life in my way.

Challenges are great and showed the way I should follow.

I live happy and confident in Croatia. The hardship in Croatia made me realize how not to take life for granted.

What I had I no longer can have, and view my life so greatly more than I had in my past life.

I like the changes in me.

It is not always what you want and can get from life. More importantly, it is what you can enjoy from life.

I learned to enjoy my days.

The Movie:

Based on a true story of Ernie Davis sadly he passed away at the young age of twenty three from leukemia.

He gave his life to football.

How can anyone think living with boundaries, or restrictions is a normal way of life?

Coloreds stayed in their territories and were not not allowed to go to other suburbs.

The Ernie Davis story touched me and I find that hard to grasp of how discrimination hurt so many people.

It happened in South Africa and affected people as it did in America.

One of the best movies watched. The first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy. The optimistic individual knew his abilities would pay off.

Winning the game was most important for coach(Ben Schwartzwalder). Dennis Quaid played his role to perfection as did Rob Brown as Ernie Davis.

I enjoy watching based on true stories.

The factual events are a great learning lesson.

I learned Ernie Davis played the third quarter of the game. In the movie Ernie Davis acting role of Rob Brown sits out the third quarter.

Jackie Robinson was the first African-American to break the color barrier in sports in playing baseball

Ernie Davis was the first African-American to receive the Heisman Trophy.

The movie has a lot of emotions I felt it for myself while watching, and thought about racism in South Africa.

A man who change the meaning of sports.

Jim Brown had a source in this movie.

Rob Brown played an exceptional role .

Dennis Quaid played his role to perfection as did Rob Brown as Ernie Davis.

I let go of my past experiences. Racism changed the minds of normal people.

The move to Croatia taught me different.

I learned to be myself.

What do you think?

My experiences have taught me about life itself. Through the eyes of others, the smiles of others, and from good and the bad.

Through hatred and love, I learned of others.

No matter where you go never forget your roots.

I admire people who work their hardest to earn a living.

Irrespective of race or religion we are humans.

It is never easy to talk of racism. People are affected in different ways.

Sometimes people do what others do to be the important ones in their neighborhood.

In the process feelings of the innocent are hurt.

Life is different for everyone and no two people will see the world the way you do.

Good and bad affect people in unique ways.

You can't change the way people think but you can change the way you think and do.

The Express movie is a lesson to people who had no idea of how racism treated those affected by it in America.

It certainly taught me!

Everyone should watch the movie.

Certain scenes can be upsetting to those not familiar with such acts.

Ernie Davis shows others how to be the good person.

The many lessons in this movie can open your mind to be better and to treat people equal.

One of the lessons learned in the movie is to respect everyone. Color should not get in the way of respect.

A lovely sports movie and you will be entertained.

If you a sports lover, or not this movie will tune you in.

Racism and equality still needs to be addressed in sports and other aspects.

The Express Movie

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      Reynold Jay 20 months ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      I have not heard about the movie. I will keep an eye out for it and will be sure to not miss an opportunity to view it. Well done HUB. Always a joy.

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      Devika Primić 20 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hello Reynold Jay thank you very much for stopping by.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 20 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I haven't seen the move but would like to. Racism is as old as time. The bible speaks of slavery and some were treated badly because of their color. I believe racism is taught. When a child is brought up to love everyone, he/she thinks nothing about color. I was taught that God made all colors and none were above the other. I'm on my way to watch the movie clip you provided. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I've never heard of this movie so thanks for the recommendation and review...and your reflections are very interesting and heartfelt.

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      FlourishAnyway 20 months ago from USA

      Although I've never heard of the movie, it was educational and sad to hear about the effects of racism from your first hand perspective.

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I haven't heard of the movie but I like Dennis Quaid as an actor and especially movies based on sport. The fact that this is a true story would make it even more special also. Racism is wrong and needs to be defeated but unfortunately it seems to be getting worse in my country recently. Thank you for sharing the memories that this movie brought back. Good hub.

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I haven't heard of the movie but I like Dennis Quaid as an actor and especially movies based on sport. The fact that this is a true story would make it even more special also. Racism is wrong and needs to be defeated but unfortunately it seems to be getting worse in my country recently. Thank you for sharing the memories that this movie brought back. Good hub.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 20 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks Devika for your views on the movie and on discrimination. You are privileged to have experienced life in different countries and you are better off for doing so.

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      Devika Primić 20 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      MsDora thank you very much for stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 20 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Jodah Racism is evil! I know that from my personal experiences. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 20 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      FlourishAnyway thank you kindly for sharing a comment always appreciated.

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      Devika Primić 20 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      bollybuc thank you kindly for stopping by

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      Devika Primić 20 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      always exploring thank you for sharing your thoughts here. I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Venkatachari M 20 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      I didn't watch the movie. But your review speaks up of its base story. And the comparison with your life's experiences is worth reading.

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      Devika Primić 20 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Venkatachari M thank you for stopping by

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      Ann Carr 20 months ago from SW England

      An interesting appraisal of the movie and of the subject matter.

      Your personal slant makes it even more fascinating. It's never good to segregate or persecute people just because they're different.

      Ann

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      Devika Primić 20 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Ann thank you very much. I appreciate you stopping by

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      Patricia Scott 19 months ago from sunny Florida

      Racism is ugly and hurtful and it crosses all color lines nowadays so we all have feel it from time to time.

      We need to work together to find the commonalities we share rather than focusing on the negatives.

      Well done.

      Angels are on the way to you today and I hope everyone is good to you today ps

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      Devika Primić 19 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      pstraubie48 thank you for commenting. i am glad you stopped by all my best to you.

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      Martie Coetser 19 months ago from South Africa

      DDE, we both grew up in the same era. As a white South African I thought segregation was normal and the right thing to do. I never thought of it as racism, as I never experienced any hatred towards the other races. To the contrary, according to my perspective, all non-whites were strangers, and interesting. I was always curious about 'their way of living', without realizing that 'their way' was not 100% normal. What did I know? I had no idea of the unfairness, or of the privileges that were given and denied by the government. As I grew up, I realized the truth. Today I hang my head in shame because my ancestors were so cruel and shortsighted. I am so glad segregation and Apartheid are now part of SA's past. But as you know, the people of SA are still struggling to free themselves from all racial issues. Maybe the next generation will start reaping the fruit of equality.

      I saw The Express Movie. It touched me deeply!

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      Devika Primić 19 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hello MartieCoetser Well things have changed in more of a negative way. Thank you for sharing your views here. I do agree with you and glad we are on the same page.

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      Audrey Howitt 19 months ago from California

      Oh you have made me curious about this movie now!

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      Mel Carriere 19 months ago from San Diego California

      I have not seen this movie, but I hope to. In the US we had our own system of apartheid up until the 70s, and remnants still exist. Great hub!

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      Devika Primić 19 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      AudreyHowitt thank you kindly for stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 19 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Mel Carriere thank you greatly for sharing your views here.

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