Brian's Song (1970)




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Movie Info

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.

Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Television, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: William Blinn
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 8, 2000
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


as Gale Sayers

as Brian Piccolo

as Halas

as Linda

as McCaskey

as Roommate

as Veteran Player

as Nurse 1

as Hotel Man

as Speaker

as 1st Reporter

as Toastmaster

as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Brian's Song

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (1)

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

Full Review… | January 25, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Weepy story of interracial pro football teammates.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

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.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

April 4, 2006
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

November 7, 2005

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).

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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 --

Tom Ericksen

Super Reviewer

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.

Joseph Eastmond

Super Reviewer

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