Location: Redstone Theater
Dir. Buzz Kulick. 1971. 73 mins. DCP. With James Caan, Billy Dee Williams, Jack Warden.
The film that put James Caan on the map and invented the hetero-male weepie, Brian’s Song tells the true story of Brian Piccolo (Caan) and Gayle Sayers (Billy Dee Williams), two running backs for football’s Chicago Bears who went from positional rivals to dear friends, which only intensified when Piccolo came down with a terminal illness. Originally made for television in 1971, and dramatizing events that transpired in the years directly prior, Brian’s Song became an immediate sports movie classic and inspirational interracial tale, and launching the careers of both Caan and Williams.
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