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Brian's Song (1971)

TV Movie  |  G  |   |  Biography, Drama, Sport  |  30 November 1971 (USA)
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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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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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In real life, James Caan (who had been a football player in high school) was a much better athlete than Billy Dee Williams. However, in the movie Williams' character, Gale Sayers, was supposed to surpass Caan's character, Brian Piccolo, in speed and playing ability. So when they were racing on film, Caan was forced to slow down considerably so that Williams could be seen to beat him. See more »

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When Piccolo is in the hospital and gets the pizza, the position of the Brown Derby can changes. See more »

Quotes

Brian Piccolo: I think it's working.
Gale Sayers: What is?
Brian Piccolo: I'm getting you overconfident.
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 12 February 2014 (2014) See more »

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A made-for-TV classic
4 June 2000 | by (Flushing, NY) – See all my reviews

Start with the great musical score, add magnificent performances by the two leads and the entire supporting cast, an inspirational story, and great directing from Buzz Kulik, then add a terrific script. The result is the greatest made-for-TV movie of all time. The comraderie is exceptional, the dialogue is phenomenal, and every relationship rings true,


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