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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
The Chicago Bears Players ...
Themselves
The Chicago Bears Coaches ...
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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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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 »

Goofs

The Bears are shown playing at Soldier Field in Chicago. While this was indeed the team's home stadium by the time of filming, Brian Piccolo's entire career had taken place while the team was still playing at Wrigley Field. See more »

Quotes

Gale Sayers: Oh, babe, you won't believe it. Brian *tried* to call me a nigger!
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Connections

Spoofed in The King of Queens: Inner Tube (2001) 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 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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