Brian's Song
Brian's Song (1970)

This football film draws on the memoirs of Chicago Bears' Gale Sayers to depict his friendship with fellow player Brian Piccolo, who lost his life to cancer after a valiant struggle.

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Rated: G
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Release Date: May 1, 1970
DVD Release Date: August 8, 2000
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

John J. O'Connor
New York Times

On its own, somewhat obvious level, Brian's Song worked. Not least in its favor were two exceptionally fine performances: James Caan as Brian Piccolo and Billy Dee Williams as Gale Sayers.

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Douglas Pratt

The film's emotions are obvious and blunt, but they get the job done.

Pat Graham
Chicago Reader

Made-for-TV eyewash for disheartened Bears fans to drown their sorrows in.

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Brad Laidman
Film Threat

It remains the best example of the most different of men competing fairly and getting along peacefully ever filmed.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Weepy story of interracial pro football teammates.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
If you thought this was a bit sappy in 1970 you should watch it again. The thing practically oozes with overt sentimentality. Still, it's an indelible… More
Joseph Eastmond
Oh, How Melo-Drama was enjoyable in the 70's! Now a days, You can't even last a minute with a movie like that. In Brian's song Case, I lasted the… More
Tom Ericksen
This is one of the best films I've ever seen -- I lived in Aurora, Illinois when Brian died! I loved him as a Bear, and I was terribly saddened by his… More
Erin Collins
Very short...It had its good moments, but I thought it was overly cheesy for the most part and a little dramatic at random points throughout the movie. It was… More
Stephen Skudlarek
Good film. Great character portrayals by James Caan and Billy Dee Williams. The chemistry and camaraderie between the two is what makes this film so great.… More