Brian's Song

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Tragic story of the friendship between teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers and the bond establish when Piccolo discovers that he is dying. Based on real events.
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Tragic story of the friendship between teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers and the bond establish when Piccolo discovers that he is dying. Based on real events.

Original Release

11/30/1971

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Cast

Bernie Casey J.C. Caroline
Dick Butkus
James Caan Brian Piccolo
Shelley Fabares Joy Piccolo
Jim Boeke Veteran Player #3
Ji-Tu Cumbuka Roommate
Billy Dee Williams Gale Sayers
Jack Warden Coach George Halas
David Huddleston Ed McCaskey
Judy Pace Linda Sayers
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Buzz Kulik

Writers

William Blinn, Gale Sayers, Al Silverman

Cast

Bernie Casey J.C. Caroline
Dick Butkus
James Caan Brian Piccolo
Shelley Fabares Joy Piccolo
Jim Boeke Veteran Player #3
Ji-Tu Cumbuka Roommate
Billy Dee Williams Gale Sayers
Jack Warden Coach George Halas
David Huddleston Ed McCaskey
Judy Pace Linda Sayers
Abe Gibron Himself
Jack Concannon Jack Concannon
Ed O'Bradovich Ed O'Bradovich
The Chicago Bears Players Themselves
The Chicago Bears Coaches Themselves
The Chicago Bears Staff Themselves
Harold 'Happy' Hairston Veteran Player #1 (as Happy Hairston)
Ron Feinberg Veteran Player #2 (Doug Atkins)
Larry Delaney Dr. Fox
Stephen Coit Mr. Eberle

Producers

Editors

Bud S. Isaacs

1972 Golden Globe Best Movie Made for TV Nominated
1972 Emmy Outstanding Single Program - Drama or Comedy Won
1972 Emmy Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
1972 Emmy Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
1972 Emmy Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Drama Won
1972 Emmy Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Drama - A Single Program Nominated
1972 Emmy Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama - Adaptation Won
1972 Emmy Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition - For a Special Program Nominated
1972 Emmy Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography for Entertainment Programming - For a Special or Feature Length Program Made for Television Won
1972 Emmy Outstanding Achievement in Film Sound Editing Nominated
1972 Emmy Outstanding Achievement in Film Sound Mixing Nominated
1972 Emmy Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing for Entertainment Programming - For a Special or Feature Length Program Made for Television Won
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