Brian's Song (Blu-ray)
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Released: June 9, 2020
- Originally Released: 1971
- Label: Sony
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||James Caan & Billy Dee Williams|
|Performer:||Jack Warden, Judy Pace & Shelley Fabares|
|Directed by||Buzz Kulik|
|Screenwriting by||William Blinn|
|Produced by||Paul Junger-Witt|
The film's emotions are obvious and blunt, but they get the job done.
Rating: 4/5 -- Weepy story of interracial pro football teammates. Full Review
Common Sense Media
Made-for-TV eyewash for disheartened Bears fans to drown their sorrows in. Full Review
Rating: 2/5 -- The story of courage and humanity is a gripping one, but Gray's movie attempts to extend some of the original's minor areas, and in doing so loses emotional power. Full Review
On its own, somewhat obvious level, Brian's Song worked. Not least in its favor were two exceptionally fine performances: James Caan as Brian Piccolo and Billy Dee Williams as Gale Sayers. Full Review
New York Times
Rating: 4/5 -- It remains the best example of the most different of men competing fairly and getting along peacefully ever filmed. Full Review
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 A poignant and well-acted movie originally made for television.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.
- 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.
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