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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

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Drama, Television, Classics

William Blinn

Aug 8, 2000

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (1) | DVD (7)

Made-for-TV eyewash for disheartened Bears fans to drown their sorrows in.

January 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (5)
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Weepy story of interracial pro football teammates.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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The film's emotions are obvious and blunt, but they get the job done.

January 25, 2008

It remains the best example of the most different of men competing fairly and getting along peacefully ever filmed.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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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).
May 31, 2009
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Randy Tippy

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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 --
October 23, 2007
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Tom Ericksen

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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.
July 17, 2010
EbertsLittleApprentice

Super Reviewer

Very short...It had its good moments, but I thought it was overly cheesy for the most part and a little dramatic at random points throughout the movie. It was probably good for its time though.
October 28, 2010
irisheyes686

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    1. 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?'
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
    1. 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.
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
    1. Brian Piccolo: I said thank you.
    2. Gale Sayers: I know.
    3. Brian Piccolo: Well, usually when someone says thank you you're supposed to say you're welcome or How's Your mother?
    4. Gale Sayers: How's your mother?
    5. Brian Piccolo: She's doin' fine, thanks for asking.
    – Submitted by Erin D (2 years ago)
    1. Speaker: Ernest Hemingway once said 'Every true story ends in death.' Well, this is a true story.
    – Submitted by Erin D (2 years ago)
    1. Gale Sayers: I love Brian Piccolo. And tonight, when you hit your knees, please ask God to love him.
    – Submitted by Erin D (2 years ago)
    1. Brian Piccolo: I think I know what's wrong with me.
    2. Gale Sayers: Yeah? What's that?
    3. Brian Piccolo: I'm pregnant.
    – Submitted by Erin D (2 years ago)
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