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Brian's Song (1971)

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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J.C. Caroline
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Abe Gibron ...
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Ed O'Bradovich ...
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Harold 'Happy' Hairston ...
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Veteran Player #2 (Doug Atkins)
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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>

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An inspiring true story of friendship and courage.

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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30 November 1971 (USA)  »

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Freunde bis in den Tod  »

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Trivia

As is evidenced throughout the movie, Brian Piccolo's favorite food was pizza. See more »

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When his team mates visit Brian in a Chicago hospital, they are drinking Brown Derby beer. Brown Derby beer was only sold in California. See more »

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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!
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Connections

Referenced in Just Shoot Me!: Puppetmaster (1998) See more »

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Brian's Song
Written and Performed by Michel Legrand Et Son Orchestre
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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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