Brian's Song (1970)
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Acclaimed as one of the best made-for-television films ever, this moving drama tells the true story of Chicago Bears football player Brian Piccolo (James Caan) and his close friendship with star running-back Gale Sayers (Billy Dee Williams). When Piccolo is diagnosed with terminal cancer, Sayers rallies his teammates to provide support for his friend.
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Critic Reviews for Brian's Song
Made-for-TV eyewash for disheartened Bears fans to drown their sorrows in.
The film's emotions are obvious and blunt, but they get the job done.
It remains the best example of the most different of men competing fairly and getting along peacefully ever filmed.
Audience Reviews for Brian's Song
If you thought this was a bit sappy in 1970 you should watch it again. The thing practically oozes with overt sentimentality. Still, it's an indelible childhood memory for men of my generation and an almost iconic piece of '70s Americana. ...and yes, it still makes me cry (dammit).
This is one of the best films I've ever seen -- I lived in Aurora, Illinois when Brian died! I loved him as a Bear, and I was terribly saddened by his death -- I remember all that Gayle Sayers did for him, but I didn't know this much -- A Wonderful film --
Oh, How Melo-Drama was enjoyable in the 70's! Now a days, You can't even last a minute with a movie like that. In Brian's song Case, I lasted the whole film, enjoying moderate parts of it. Also, no matter How much, i love football, i do not shed tears, only Old Yeller, can get that close.
Brian's Song Quotes
|Brian Piccolo:||So, Concannon calls this trap play, and it's just beautiful... 43 yards, wasn't it 43? Ah. So, Halas sees he's tired, and sends me in, so I go in, he comes out. Concannon then figures he's gonna get REALLY foxy... you know, Concannon is... So, he says, 'Um, same play. VERY SAME PLAY.' Now, a trap play is also called, a SUCKER play, because it makes the defense look REAL bad when it works. Now, defenses DO NOT like to look real bad, see... it makes 'em kinda surly... So, anyway, all the linemen go this way, and it's like I am lookin' at a team portrait of the Los Angeles Rams! 'Hey, Deacon! Merlin! How's the family, Rosey?'|
|Brian Piccolo:||Well, on uh, Fake Draw Screen Right I uh, pick up the linebacker if he's comin, 'less of course it's Butkus, then I simply notify the quarterback to send for a preacher.|
|Brian Piccolo:||I said thank you.|
|Gale Sayers:||I know.|
|Brian Piccolo:||Well, usually when someone says thank you you're supposed to say you're welcome or How's Your mother?|
|Gale Sayers:||How's your mother?|
|Brian Piccolo:||She's doin' fine, thanks for asking.|
|Speaker:||Ernest Hemingway once said 'Every true story ends in death.' Well, this is a true story.|
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