Brian's Song (1970)
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One of the best known and most enthusiastically reviewed made for television films of the 1970's, this drama was based on the true story of football greats Gale Sayers and Brian Piccolo. Sayers (Billy Dee Williams) and Piccolo (James Caan) both joined the Chicago Bears the same year, and while it was obvious from the start Sayers had the talent and drive to be a great player, Piccolo seemed destined to be an also-ran on the team. However, Sayers and Piccolo struck up a friendship which brought
May 1, 1970 Wide
Aug 8, 2000
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Billy Dee Williams
Coach George Halas
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Jack Daniel Wells
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The film's emotions are obvious and blunt, but they get the job done.
Audience Reviews for Brian's Song
- 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.
- Gale Sayers: I love Brian Piccolo. And tonight, when you hit your knees, please ask God to love him.
- Brian Piccolo: I think I know what's wrong with me.
- Gale Sayers: Yeah? What's that?
- Brian Piccolo: I'm pregnant.
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