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This highly-acclaimed winner of five Emmy Awards is one of the best-loved movies ever made for television. It's the true story of a special relationship between two professional football players, Gale Sayers (Billy Dee Williams) and Brian Piccolo (James Caan). Both star players for the Chicago Bears, Sayers and Piccolo soon became roommates and best friends. When Sayers suffers a knee injury in mid-season, it is Piccolo who prods and inspires him to work toward a complete recovery. Then fate deals a cruel blow: Piccolo is stricken with malignant cancer. The constant support and friendship of Sayers plays an important role in Piccolo's heroic fight against the disease. Also starring Shelley Fabares (TV's Coach) as Piccolo's loving wife, BRIAN'S SONG is a moving and unforgettable film.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: Buoyed by standout performances from James Caan and Billy Dee Williams, Brian's Song is a touching tale of friendship whose central relationship transcends its standard sports movie moments.
The film's emotions are obvious and blunt, but they get the job done.
June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Says
Weepy story of interracial pro football teammates.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Brian's Song deals with plenty of racial issues and there's an upsetting death of a main character.
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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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- Release Date:November 30, 1971
- Audio Format:Stereo
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