Gale Sayers (Williams) joins the Chicago Bears as a running back and meets the competitive Brian Piccolo (Caan). While at first the two are rivals, they soon form a strong friendship. Things take a turn for the worse when Sayers is injured and when Piccolo begins to suffer from cancer. A poignant and well-acted movie originally made for television.
The true story of the friendship between football great Gale Sayers and cancer victim Brian Piccolo, the Chicago Bears' first interracial roommates.
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Race Relations |
Tear Jerker |
Winner of five Emmys, including Best Dramatic Program of the 1971-72 Season. Writer William Blinn and co-star Jack Warden were honored for their individual achievements. Both stars, James Caan and Billy Dee Williams, were nominated.
"Brian's Song" had a brief and unsuccessful theatrical release. So many people had watched it on television that there was virtually no theatrical audience.
The film's cast also features various members of the Chicago Bears as themselves, including Abe Gibron, Jack Concannon, Ed O'Bradovich, and Dick Butkus.
Original airdate: November 30, 1971 on the ABC Television Network.