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Brian's Song (1971)

Based on the real-life relationship between teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers and the bond established when Piccolo discovers that he is dying.

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J.C. Caroline
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The Chicago Bears Players ...
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Harold 'Happy' Hairston ...
Veteran Player #1 (as Happy Hairston)
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Veteran Player #2 (Doug Atkins)
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Gale Sayers joins the Chicago Bears and is befriended by Brian Piccolo, an over-achieving running back. Although they compete for the same spot on the team, and despite the fact that Sayers is black and Piccolo white, they become roommates on the road and very close friends, especially when Sayers is injured and Piccolo helps his recovery. Later, they and their wives must both deal with the harsh reality of Piccolo's cancer. Written by Jerry Milani <jmilani@ix.netcom.com>

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An inspiring true story of friendship and courage.

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30 November 1971 (USA)  »

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Freunde bis in den Tod  »

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The interior of Gale Sayers' house was the interior set of Darrin and Samantha's house from Bewitched (1964). See more »

Goofs

There is one moving camera shot on the football field with James Caan and Billy Dee Williams watching the action, but the view shows no players on the field. The crowd also roars as if a good play was made. See more »

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Brian Piccolo: Well, on uh, Fake Draw Screen Right I uh, pick up the linebacker if he's comin, 'less of course it's Butkus, then I simply notify the quarterback to send for a preacher.
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Featured in Sports on the Silver Screen (1997) See more »

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Brian's Song
Written and Performed by Michel Legrand Et Son Orchestre
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Greatest made for TV movie ever made
11 October 2004 | by (Morgantown, WV) – See all my reviews

In times of racial trouble, inner family strife, and complete distrust of your fellow man, this movie showed what the world would really be like if people got rid of "oneupmanship" and lived life for life itself.

I HIGHLY recommend the original version (1971)

The acting was not campy, there was nothing to be really showy about, the football clips were some of the best ever incorporated (they actually became part of the plot), and other male leads were extremely believable in their roles.

The females weren't too bad, either.


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