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Brian's Song (1971)

TV Movie  -   -  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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Dick Butkus made his acting debut in this film playing himself in an uncredited role. See more »

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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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Gale Sayers: I love Brian Piccolo. And tonight, when you hit your knees, please ask God to love him.
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The Most Gut-Wrenching......
4 May 2001 | by (Bayonne, NJ) – See all my reviews

......emotional and tear-jerking movie ever made! Brian's Song will have you weeping and an emotional wreck regardless of how many times you see it! Simply put, the greatest TV movie ever made and some of the finest performances ever put on film. "Nuff said!


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