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.
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Michel Legrand's title theme found a life beyond the film that inspired it. At the time, it was very unusual for a theme song from a made-for-television movie to hit the pop charts because a network film would, in theory, be shown only once. However, Brian's Song (1971) was such a ratings bonanza that the heart-wrenching theme song was heard by millions of viewers the night the film premiered, and was much hummed in the weeks and months that followed. There was not enough background music in the film to justify a long-playing soundtrack album, so Legrand recorded "Brian's Song Themes and Variations," which also included selections from a host of his many other film projects. Bell Records, which released the album, concurrently issued a 45rpm single of "Brian's Song," (backed with Legrand's theme from "The Go-Between"), and the single would go on to top the music charts for the remainder of the year. Incredibly, the theme from Brian's Song (1971) was so iconic that it was incorporated again thirty years later in the 2001 TV remake. See more
Brian calls Gale "Magic" but his nickname (given to him in college) was "The Kansas Comet". Perhaps "Magic" was a personal nickname Piccolo had for Sayers. See more
You wouldn't believe it baby. But, he - Brian *tried* to call me a nigger!
Referenced in Going the Distance
Written and Performed by Michel Legrand
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