- Brian's Song
director = Buzz Kulik
Paul Junger Witt
Gale Sayerswith Al Silverman (original book); William Blinn (teleplay)
James Caan Billy Dee Williams Jack Warden Shelley Fabares
Joseph F. Biroc
editing = Bud S. Isaacs
Screen Gems/ Columbia Pictures"(producers)"
ABC "(original broadcaster)"
released = 30-Nov-1971
runtime = 73 min.
country = USA
language = English
imdb_id = 0068315
book = blank
"Brian's Song" is a 1971 made-for-TV movie, recalling the details of the life of
Brian Piccolo(played by James Caan), a white football player stricken with terminal cancer, and his friendship with black Chicago Bears running backteammate and Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers( Billy Dee Williams), who helps him through the difficult struggle. The true story was such a success on ABC television (November 30, 1971) that it was later shown in theaters.
The movie is based on Sayers' account of his friendship with Piccolo and Piccolo's illness in Sayers' autobiography, "I Am Third". The film was written by veteran screenwriter William Blinn, but there is also a book version.
The musical theme to "Brian's Song", "The Hands of Time," was a popular tune during the early 1970s. The music for the film was by
Michel Legrand, with lyrics to the song by Marilyn and Alan Bergman. Nashville pianist Floyd Cramerperformed a popular version of "The Hands of Time".
Thirty years after its original airing, a remake [ [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0289873/ Brian's Song (2001)] ] was aired in 2001 on ABC's "The Wonderful World of Disney" starring
Mekhi Phiferand Sean Maher.
* [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068315/ Brian's Song (1971)] at
The Internet Movie Database
* [http://www.seanmaher.info/brianssong.html SeanMaher.info: Brian's Song]
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