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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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Joy Piccolo
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Ed McCaskey
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Linda Sayers
Abe Gibron ...
Himself
Jack Concannon ...
Jack Concannon
Ed O'Bradovich ...
Ed O'Bradovich
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The Chicago Bears Staff ...
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Harold 'Happy' Hairston ...
Veteran Player #1 (as 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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After its successful television broadcast on ABC, it was released theatrically. See more »

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During the opening credits, when Gale talks to the janitor, it is clear the janitor is just moving a dry mop around on the floor. There is also no bucket in sight. See more »

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Narrator: Ernest Hemingway once said "Every true story ends in death." Well, this is a true story.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Bride of the Monster (1993) See more »

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Brian's Song
Written and Performed by Michel Legrand Et Son Orchestre
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This was awesome......
17 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

This movie was awesome. Had all of the ingredients of friendship, love, acceptance and breaking of racial barriers considering the era it took place in. One of the best. However, I do recommend that before viewing this, one gets 20 boxes of kleenex and a bottle of prozac, you are gonna need it.


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