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Brian's Song (2001)

Not Rated | | Drama, Sport | TV Movie 2 December 2001
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The story of professional football players Gale Sayers and Brian Piccolo, and how their friendship on and off the field was affected when Piccolo contracted a fatal disease.


John Gray


Gale Sayers (book), Al Silverman (book) | 3 more credits »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Maher ... Brian Piccolo
Mekhi Phifer ... Gale Sayers
Paula Cale ... Joy Piccolo
Elise Neal ... Linda Sayers
Aidan Devine ... Abe Gibron
Dean McDermott ... Ralph Kurek
Ben Gazzara ... Coach Halas
Michael Boisvert ... Jack Concannon
Jeff Ironi Jeff Ironi ... Dick Butkus
Shane Daly Shane Daly ... Bill Filbert
Bruce Gooch Bruce Gooch ... Ed McCaskey
Craig Eldridge Craig Eldridge ... Doctor Beattie
Michael Millar ... Doctor Fox
Shawn Lawrence ... Doctor O'Conner
Erika Cohen Erika Cohen ... Nurse


American football players Brian Piccolo, of Italian descent with the gift of the gab, and Gale Sayers, black and a social cripple, both join the Chicago Bears. They don't get along, but coach's plan to mix races as roomies forces them to do so. When Gale is about to give up with a knee injury, Brian kicks and helps him till he gets back, and they become friends. Just when Brian gets off the bench in a new position, he's diagnosed with embryonal carcinoma, and when that's cured other dangerous cancers: his career is over, and his life a painful struggle for survival at best... Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The Greatest Victories In Life Don't Always Happen On The Field.


Drama | Sport


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During their first conversation in George Halas' office, Halas asks Gayle Sayers if he did any pass-catching in college. As a first-round draft selection, Sayers should have been thoroughly scouted by the Bears' organization; Halas should have known Sayre's capabilities almost inside-out. See more »


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Where'd the music go?
16 August 2002 | by ZalisSee all my reviews

Although this remake falls a little bit short of the original in several departments (that others have brought up, such as the casting and the watering down of the racially charged dialogue between Sayers and Piccolo), it stays fairly true to the core story, with some new parts about their families and a more extensive portrayal of Piccolo's illness. "Brian's Song" has often been described as a "Love Story" style tearjerker for guys, and the new version managed to pull this off with me, in the night scene where the two are talking alone on the field, and we hear just a few notes of the Michael Legrand theme from the original. This brings me to my main point. . .why not more of that music? That theme (called "the Hands of Time") is, in my opinion, one of the most poignant and emotionally touching bits of music I know. If one listens carefully, you can hear some examples of derivative composing in movies such as "Lilo & Stitch" where other composers try to cash in on the Brian's Song theme.

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Release Date:

2 December 2001 (USA) See more »

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Disney's Brian Song See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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