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Brian's Song
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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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Tagline:
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:
I cried...... See more (45 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)
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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:
Louis Gossett Jr. was originally cast as Gale Sayers. Just days before shooting began, Gossett tore his Achilles' tendon while working out for the film. The studio execs scrambled, and quickly hired Billy Dee Williams as a replacement. Gossett, depressed over missing his "shot," was promised by producer David L. Wolper the first great role that came along. About six years later, Wolper called Gossett to play "Fiddler" in "Roots" (1977), the Emmy-winning role that made him a star.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: When the coaches ask Sayers to room with Piccolo in 1965, they warn that people in cities like Atlanta, New Orleans, Houston and Miami won't take well to integrated roommates. Atlanta didn't join the NFL until 1966, New Orleans 1967, and Houston and Miami until the AFL/NFL merger in 1970. Miami wasn't even in the AFL until 1966.See more »
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Narrator:Ernest Hemingway once said "Every true story ends in death." Well, this is a true story.See more »
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24 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
I cried......, 20 December 2002
Author: grahamsj3 from United States

Yes, I did. Anyone who doesn't the first (and probably second) time they see it is not human. The film does a fantastic job of establishing a strong bond between the two lead characters, played by James Caan and Billy Dee Williams. Then, at the end, when Billy Dee says "I love Brian Piccolo..." I lost it! Blubbering! This is one outstanding film. If you decide to watch it, have your tissues handy towards the end!

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