Brian's Song

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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). read more
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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.

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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