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Writers:
William Blinn (written by)
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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 »
User Reviews:
It was an honor to cry at such a fine film See more (46 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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:
Gale Sayers wanted to play himself in the movie, but Bears training camp conflicted with the shooting.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Just before Brian tears up the speech he wrote for Gale, it is clear that the pages are completely blank.See more »
Quotes:
Gale Sayers:[accepting the George S. Halas award] I'd like to tell you about a guy I know, a friend of mine. His name is Brian Piccolo. And he has the heart of a giant, and that rare form of courage that allows him to kid himself and his opponent, cancer. He has a mental attitude that makes me proud to have a friend who spells out the world 'courage,' 24 hours a day, every day of his life. Now you honor me by giving me this award. But I say to you here now Brian Piccolo is the man who deserves the George S. Halas award. It is mine tonight...
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24 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
It was an honor to cry at such a fine film, 18 April 2003
Author: Pat McCurry (acehighpat@aol.com) from Wilton, NH

This is one of the best football films ever made. Yes, it's not that long, but it is great. Billy Dee Williams and James Caan were just starting out their careers and TV movies were still fairly new. This is a story of two opposites, one who was shy and kept to himself and the other who was cocky and confident. There would eventually see past their differences and become the best of friends. I like the chemistry that Williams and Caan had in this film. They made you belive they were Sayers and Pic. What was the part that made me cry? It was the scene where Gale has to tell the team before a game that Brian has cancer. Even if I have to force it, I love to cry at that scene. It's the best part of the film. The musical score is also great. The theme has a tone to it I can't describe. I tried watching the remake when it came out, and couldn't make it through the first 15 minutes. It was Disneytized for my viewing displeasure. In my heart, Williams and Caan will always be Sayers and Pic. No doubt about it.

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