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Director:
Writers:
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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(19 articles)
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The Ultimate "Guy" Movie See more (47 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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Trivia:
In real life, James Caan (who had been a football player in high school) was a much better athlete than Billy Dee Williams. However, in the movie Williams' character, Gale Sayers, was supposed to surpass Caan's character, Brian Piccolo, in speed and playing ability. So when they were racing on film, Caan was forced to slow down considerably so that Williams could be seen to beat him.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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:[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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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
The Ultimate "Guy" Movie, 2 February 2001
Author: Popeye-8 from Nebraska

The TV show "Just Shoot Me" once had a sub-plot involving the primary male characters being drawn to watching BRIAN'S SONG...and dissolving into tears by the conclusion--as well as commenting on why "men don't cry", although they should. The use of the movie is a brilliant move, as this truly is the ultimate Guy Picture, and worthy of its unofficial recognition as the greatest television movie ever made.

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