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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30 November 1971 (USA)  »

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Freunde bis in den Tod  »

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

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Jack Concannon and Dick Butkus were shown preparing the rookie initiation of Brian and Gayle. But Concannon was not with the Bears in 1965 and Butkus was a rookie himself that season. See more »

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Assistant coach: Piccolo, you bone-headed spaghetti eater, that was Fake Draw Screen Right. What the hell do you do on Fake Draw Screen Right?
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 25 September 2015 (2015) See more »

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Brian's Song
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I cried......
20 December 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yes, I did. Anyone who doesn't the first (and probably second) time they see it is not human. The film does a fantastic job of establishing a strong bond between the two lead characters, played by James Caan and Billy Dee Williams. Then, at the end, when Billy Dee says "I love Brian Piccolo..." I lost it! Blubbering! This is one outstanding film. If you decide to watch it, have your tissues handy towards the end!


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