Brians Song – Filtered

Theatrical Release: November 30, 1971
DVD Release: August 8, 2000
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Synopsis

Gale Sayers joins the Chicago Bears and is befriended by Brian Piccolo, an over-achieving running back. Although they compete for the same spot on the team, and despite the fact that Sayers is black and Piccolo white, they become roommates on the road and very close friends, especially when Sayers is injured and Piccolo helps his recovery. Later, they and their wives must both deal with the harsh reality of Piccolo’s cancer.

Dove Review

This is a heart touching drama about the relationship between professional football players Gale Sayers and Brian Piccolo. The movie is based on a true story. Sayers is a painfully shy individual and Piccolo is the life of the party. However they are each extraordinary athletes. Sayers and Piccolo are selected to push the race barriers as the first two black and white ball players to room together for an entire season. The two become fast friends. The two are very different, however they share a strong work ethic, and sense of family and loyalty. When Sayers has a near career ending injury, Piccolo devotes all of his time and ingenuity to helping Sayers recuperate, and once again become a commanding presence in the NFL. The movie becomes a tear-jerker, as Piccolo succumbs to cancer, and the introverted Sayers, finally finds his voice as a supporter for his good friend. This is a harmless respectable family film and is appropriate for all viewers. The Dove foundation recommends this movie.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: Racial slur-Sayers is called "nigger."
Violence: None
Drugs: Alcohol with meal.
Nudity: None
Other: None

Info

Company: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Writer: Gale Sayers and Al Silverman
Director: Buzz Kulik
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 73 min.
Reviewer: Lynda C. Rush