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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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James Caan turned down the role of Brian Piccolo before finally accepting it. At the time, Caan did not want to do television and wanted to focus on his film career. But he liked the script so much that he eventually relented. See more »

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The character (and real life player) J.C. Caroline, portrayed by Bernie Casey, was the Bears team captain in the year that Brian Piccolo and Gayle Sayers joined the team. However, the film depicts Caroline being with the team through the 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, and 1969 seasons, while he actually retired as a player after the 1965 season, after ten years with the Bears. 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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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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