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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.


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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

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


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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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1.78 : 1
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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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What the.....?
10 June 2003 | by juliafwilliamsSee all my reviews

More than 30 years ago, the original Brian's Song not only brought James Caan and Billy Dee Williams into the forefront of their careers, it became the standard by which all disease-of-the-week tearjerkers are measured. It was an entertaining film worthy of all awards bestowed upon it. To this day, my heart and soul melt over the talents not only the Messrs. Caan and Williams, but also of Michel Legrand for composing a memorable theme song.

This remake, albeit a little more explanatory, does not, I repeat, does not match the quality of the movie that was first telecast that fall day in 1971.

There's only one Brian's Song for me, and that one stars James Caan and Billy Dee Williams.

Maybe there should be a movie about remake-itis.

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