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Friday Night Lights/The Express [2 Discs] [Blu-ray]

Release Date:03/22/2011
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (34 out of 35)

    Special Features

    • Fright Night Lights
    • Action-Packed Deleted Scenes
    • Peter Berg Discusses a Scene in the Movie
    • Player Cam
    • Tim McGraw: Off the Stage
    • The Story of the 1988 Permian Panthers
    • Gridiron Grads
    • Behind the Lights
    • Feature Commentary
    • BD-Live
    • The Express
    • Making of The Express
    • Making History: The Story of Ernie Davis
    • Inside the Playbook: Shooting the Football Games
    • From Hollywood to Syracuse: The Legacy of Ernie Davis
    • Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Director Gary Fedler
    • Feature Commentary with Director Gary Fleder
    • 50th Anniversary of the 1959 Syracuse National Championship


    The Express
    Finding Forrester 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

    Friday Night Lights
    H.G. Bissinger's best-selling true-life account of a few months in the life of a high-school football team comes to the screen in this adaptation written and directed by Peter Berg. Odessa, TX, is an oil town in the western part of the state that's home to the Permian High School Panthers, the football team with the best winning record in the state. Odessa is a town with more than its share of problems; the decline of the oil business in Texas has set the city's economy into a tailspin, and racial tensions still erupt into violence on occasion. But football is the one thing that brings all the people of Odessa together, and on Friday nights every fall, as many as 20,000 people fill Permian's football stadium to watch Coach Gary Gaines (Billy Bob Thornton) and his boys try to lead the team to victory. As Gaines works to build a winning team in a town where victory is prized above all else, however, his players struggle through the emotional trials common to any teenager and ponder the fact that there is little future in their hometown...and that a championship season can be as much a burden as a triumph. Friday Night Lights also stars Lucas Black, Derek Luke, Jay Hernandez, and country singer-turned-actor Tim McGraw. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Rob Brown
      Rob Brown - Ernie Davis
    • Dennis Quaid
      Dennis Quaid - Ben Schwartzwalder
    • Omar Benson Miller
      Omar Benson Miller - Jack Buckley
    • Darrin Dewitt Henson
      Darrin Dewitt Henson - Jim Brown
    • Charles S. Dutton
      Charles S. Dutton - Willie 'Pops' Davis

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