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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Harold '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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Trivia

Sayers always referred to Piccolo as "Pic." Piccolo referred to Sayers as "Black Magic". See more »

Goofs

When Gale Sayers suffers his knee injury, it's during his fourth year on the team, which was the 1968 NFL season. George Halas had retired as the Bears Head Coach after the 1967 season, although he was still serving as the Bears owner, and functionally as Bears general manager. See more »

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Gale Sayers: Oh, babe, you won't believe it. Brian *tried* to call me a nigger!
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Referenced in That '70s Show: Water Tower (1999) See more »

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Brian's Song
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A Standard After More Than 30 years
22 October 2003 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

After more than 30 years, this movie has earned its place as the standard for all television movies that followed it. A great score, a great cast............it just does not get any better than this. That remake (2001) does not measure the quality or the warmth of this 1971 standard bearer.


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