Brian's Song (1971)

TV Movie  |  G  |   |  Biography, Drama, Sport

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Based on the real-life relationship between teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers and the bond established when Piccolo discovers that he is dying.


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Louis Gossett Jr. was originally cast as Gale Sayers. Days before shooting began, Gossett tore his Achilles' tendon while working out. Studio execs quickly hired Billy Dee Williams as a replacement, leaving Gossett depressed over missing his "shot." Producer David L. Wolper promised Gossett the ... ...


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.


The character (and real life player) J.C. Caroline, portrayed by Bernie Casey, was the Bears team captain in the year that Brian Piccolo and Gayle Sayers joined the team. However, the film depicts Caroline being with the team through the 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, and 1969 seasons, while he actually retired as a player after the 1965 season, after ten years with the Bears.


Plot Summary


Biography | Drama | Sport

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