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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 Sayes 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


Not Rated | See all certifications »






Release Date:

2 December 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brajanova pesma See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Remake of Brian's Song (1971) See more »


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still the best!
21 December 2001 | by dtucker86See all my reviews

Maher and Phifer do a terrific job of bringing Piccolo and Sayers to life. Brain's Song was in a way the grandaddy of them all, one of the first made for television movies; and in the eyes of many one of the best. I think it would take a person utterly without feelings not to be moved by the original and this one (surprise, surprise) is just as good. I thought it would be a word by word remake (like that ridiculous Psycho movie in 1998) but this one is different. I guess to be politically correct, it shows more of the relationship between the players wives as well. What makes it a little chilling is the makeup job on Maher as he is becoming sicker and sicker, they pointed out that you couldn't show death on tv that way in 1971. I think that they should have used the exact same music as in the original, it was just too perfect and it would not have mattered (didn't they use the same music in all of the Rocky films?). I hope that we see more of these two young actors as both did a terrific job and I hope they remember them at Emmy time. An added treat, that old raascal Ben Gazzara is on hand as grouchy Coach Halas and he does a wonderful job of theatrical larceny. A story of courage found and the power of friendship, but ultimately a tragedy. A an added footnote, today medical science has made great advances in treating the kind of cancer that killed Brian Piccolo.

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