Brian's Song

Brian's Song

James Caan
Director: Buzz Kulik Cast: James Caan
James Caan
, Billy Dee Williams
Billy Dee Williams
, Jack Warden
Jack Warden
Buzz Kulik


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One of the best known and most enthusiastically reviewed made for television films of the 1970's, this drama was based on the true story of football greats Gale Sayers and Brian Piccolo. Sayers (Billy Dee Williams) and Piccolo (James Caan) both joined the Chicago Bears the same year, and while it was obvious from the start Sayers had the talent and drive to be a great player, Piccolo seemed destined to be an also-ran on the team. However, Sayers and Piccolo struck up a friendship which brought out the best in both players, and coach George Halas (Jack Warden) chose them for a special assignment -- they became the first interracial roommates in the history of the NFL. When Sayers suffered a knee injury that threatened to end his career, Piccolo took it upon himself to help his friend through rehabilitation so he could rejoin the team. But when Piccolo began having heath problems, it was a problem too great for Sayers to handle -- his close friend had developed cancer. Adapted from Sayers' autobiography I Am Third, Brian's Song also features Chicago Bears legend Dick Butkus as himself.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/09/2020
UPC: 0043396567481
Original Release: 1970
Source: Sony Mod
Sales rank: 6,655

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Caan Brian Piccolo
Billy Dee Williams Gale Sayers
Jack Warden Coach George Halas
Bernie Casey J.C. Caroline
Shelley Fabares Joy Piccolo
Judy Pace Linda Sayers
David Huddleston Ed McCaskey
Ron Feinberg Veteran Player 2
Ji-Tu Cumbuka Roommate
Jim Boeke Veteran Player
Doreen Lang Nurse 1
Allen Secher Hotel Man
Stu Nahan Speaker
Mario Machado 1st Reporter
Jack Wells Toastmaster
Dick Butkus Himself

Technical Credits
Buzz Kulik Director
Joseph Biroc Cinematographer
William Blinn Screenwriter
Michel Legrand Score Composer
Tony Thomas Associate Producer
Paul Junger Witt Producer

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