MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,151 this week

Brian's Song (1971)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Drama | Sport  -  30 November 1971 (USA)
7.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 5,060 users  
Reviews: 45 user | 17 critic

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

Director:

Writers:

, (book), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 titles
created 08 Dec 2011
 
a list of 36 titles
created 13 May 2012
 
a list of 44 titles
created 10 Jul 2012
 
a list of 26 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 35 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Brian's Song (TV Movie 1971)

Brian's Song (TV Movie 1971) on IMDb 7.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Brian's Song.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Brian's Song (TV Movie 2001)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The story of professional football players Gale Sayes and Brian Piccolo, and how their friendship on and off the field was affected when Piccolo contracted a fatal disease.

Director: John Gray
Stars: Mekhi Phifer, Sean Maher, Paula Cale
Raging Bull (1980)
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring, destroys his life outside it.

Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.

Director: John Lee Hancock
Stars: Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The story of James Braddock, a supposedly washed-up boxer who came back to become a champion and an inspiration in the 1930s.

Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Craig Bierko
Invincible (2006)
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Based on the story of Vince Papale, a 30-year-old bartender from South Philadelphia who overcame long odds to play for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles in 1976.

Director: Ericson Core
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Banks
The Hurricane (1999)
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence.

Director: Norman Jewison
Stars: Denzel Washington, Vicellous Reon Shannon, Deborah Kara Unger
Ali (2001)
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A biography of sports legend, Muhammad Ali, from his early days to his days in the ring.

Director: Michael Mann
Stars: Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jon Voight
42 (2013)
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The life story of Jackie Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey.

Director: Brian Helgeland
Stars: Chadwick Boseman, T.R. Knight, Harrison Ford
The Express (2008)
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A drama based on the life of college football hero Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.

Director: Gary Fleder
Stars: Rob Brown, Dennis Quaid, Clancy Brown
Cobb (1994)
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A reporter hired to write the 'official' biography of Ty Cobb discovers just how dark the baseball legend's real story is.

Director: Ron Shelton
Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Wuhl, Lolita Davidovich
3: The Dale Earnhardt Story (TV Movie 2004)
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Barry Pepper portrays legendary race car drive Dale Earnhardt, who died in 2001 during the last lap of the Daytona 500.

Director: Russell Mulcahy
Stars: Barry Pepper, Elizabeth Mitchell, Ernest Whitted
Truman (TV Movie 1995)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Biographical account of America's President for the latter part of WWII. Shows Truman's rise from small-town nobody to leader of the USA, his decision to use the Atomic Bomb against Japan, ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Pierson
Stars: Gary Sinise, Diana Scarwid, Richard Dysart
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
J.C. Caroline
...
...
Judy Pace ...
Abe Gibron ...
Jack Concannon ...
Ed O'Bradovich ...
Ed O'Bradovich
The Chicago Bears Players ...
Themselves
The Chicago Bears Coaches ...
Themselves
The Chicago Bears Staff ...
Themselves
Harold 'Happy' Hairston ...
Veteran Player #1 (as Happy Hairston)
Ron Feinberg ...
Veteran Player #2 (Doug Atkins)
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

An inspiring true story of friendship and courage.

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

30 November 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Brian's Song  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

When Brian and Gale are talking at the Sayers' staircase, Brian is standing at the base of the stairs holding a towel. After a quick shot of Gale, Brian is suddenly over by the wall with no towel in sight. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Coach George Halas: Brian Piccolo died of cancer at the age of 26. He left a wife and three daughters. He also left a great many loving friends who miss and think of him often. But when they think of him, it's not how he died that they remember - but how he lived. How he did live!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Cave Dwellers (1991) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

This was awesome......
17 December 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie was awesome. Had all of the ingredients of friendship, love, acceptance and breaking of racial barriers considering the era it took place in. One of the best. However, I do recommend that before viewing this, one gets 20 boxes of kleenex and a bottle of prozac, you are gonna need it.


14 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
REALLY Racist Movie euromarkusx
title.. what does it mean? gone-permenatly
hilarious goof in the movie sivin1
A Black Guy? tokyostreetkiller
death scene (question answered thank you) frevans
title song c_gorris
Discuss Brian's Song (1971) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?