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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 10 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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J.C. Caroline
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Abe Gibron ...
Himself
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)
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Freunde bis in den Tod  »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Gale Sayers wanted to play himself, but Bears training camp conflicted with shooting. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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 Friends: The One with the Stoned Guy (1995) See more »

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