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Brian's Song
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William Blinn (written by)
Gale Sayers (book) ...
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Release Date:
30 November 1971 (USA) See more »
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An inspiring true story of friendship and courage.
Plot:
Based on the real-life relationship between teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers and the bond established when Piccolo discovers that he is dying. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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YOU'LL LAUGH, YOU'LL CRY, YOU'LL WANT TO PLAY FOOTBALL See more (46 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Caan ... Brian Piccolo

Billy Dee Williams ... Gale Sayers

Jack Warden ... Coach Halas

Bernie Casey ... J.C. Caroline

Shelley Fabares ... Joy Piccolo

David Huddleston ... Ed McCaskey
Judy Pace ... Linda Sayers
Abe Gibron ... Abe Gibron
Jack Concannon ... 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)
Ron Feinberg ... Veteran Player #2 (Doug Atkins)
Ji-Tu Cumbuka ... Roommate
Jim Boeke ... Veteran Player #3
Larry Delaney ... Dr. Fox
Stephen Coit ... Mr. Eberle
Doreen Lang ... Nurse #1
Jennifer Kulik ... Nurse #2 (as Jeni Kulik)
Allen Secher ... Hotel Man
Stu Nahan ... Speaker
Mario Machado ... Reporter #1
Bud Furillo ... Reporter #2
Jack Wells ... Toastmaster
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dick Butkus ... Dick Butkus (uncredited)

Mike Ditka ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
January L'Angelle ... Girl in Hospital (uncredited)

Directed by
Buzz Kulik 
 
Writing credits
William Blinn (written by)

Gale Sayers (book "I Am Third") and
Al Silverman (book "I Am Third")

Produced by
Paul Junger Witt .... producer
Tony Thomas .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Michel Legrand 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph F. Biroc (director of photography) (as Joe Biroc)
 
Film Editing by
Bud S. Isaacs 
 
Art Direction by
Ross Bellah 
 
Set Decoration by
Frank Lombardo 
 
Production Management
Eddie Saeta .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eddie Saeta .... assistant director
Richard Learman .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
George C. Emick .... sound editor (uncredited)
Wayne Fury .... sound editor (uncredited)
Ralph Hickey .... sound editor (uncredited)
Marvin I. Kosberg .... sound editor (uncredited)
Paul Laune .... sound editor (uncredited)
William J. Montague .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Alfred E. Overton .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Monty Pearce .... sound editor (uncredited)
Harold E. Wooley .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dave Friedman .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Renée Valente .... casting executive (as Renee Valente)
 
Thanks
Ernie Ernse .... thanks
Joe Guarracino .... thanks
Jack Newman .... thanks
Steve Sabol .... thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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73 min
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Trivia:
Dick Butkus made his acting debut in this film playing himself in an uncredited role.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
Gale Sayers:I love Brian Piccolo. And tonight, when you hit your knees, please ask God to love him.See more »
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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
YOU'LL LAUGH, YOU'LL CRY, YOU'LL WANT TO PLAY FOOTBALL, 5 November 2002
Author: brianlion from United States

I still remember sitting down with my family to watch "Brian's Song", the made for TV movie in 1971. I was 13 years of age, and my 3 brothers and I thought we were going to watch a sports movie. It's funny thinking back to that night, as all the brothers fought back tears during the final scenes. We jumped up at the end, and tried to act macho and pretended we all had colds and runny noses. Watching the movie today, it doesn't have quite the same impact, but it remains touching and dramatic. James Caan and Billy D Williams work well together. They act without any arrogance and tough-guy attributes they picked up later in their careers. The movie score wraps around the scenes to add to the poignancy without disrupting the mood. Shelly Fabarase is the perfect wife. It is a touching tribute to a ordinary football player, Brian Piccolo, who lead a extraordinary life. A updated version of "Brian's Song" attempted to capture the magic of 1971's version, but as is usually the case, the attempt falls short of the goal. The original does the best at mourning Piccolo's death, but most importantly, celebrating his life. It is a touchdown!

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