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Brian’s Song

This remake of the 1971 film (also called Brian's Song) tells the real life story of football player Gale Sayers (Mekhi Phifer) and his unlikely friendship with his teammate Brian Piccolo (Sean Maher), in the days when racial integration wasn't very black and white. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A-
Violence: A-
Sexual Content: A-
Language: B
Drugs/Alcohol: B
Run Time: 88
Theater Release: 02 Dec 2001
Video Release: 25 Jun 2002
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Brian’s Song has much to say about rising up to meet life’s challenges. What does it tell you about racial barriers? Competition? Determination? Courage? The important things in life?

People on their deathbed seldom, if ever, give thought to their material acquisitions. What is most likely to be on their minds? Why?

Shortly after his death, the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund was established. You can visit the official website at www.brianpiccolo.org

Jack Warden played Owner/Coach George “Papa Bear” Halas in the 1971 original, and Ben Gazzara tackled the role in 2001. While Warden bears some physical resemblance, Gazzara nails Halas’ voice perfectly. You can hear the late George Halas present Gail Sayers at his enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame by following this link: www.profootballhof.com/players/enshrinees/gsayers.cfm ...See if you can hear any difference.

If you’re wondering what Brian Piccolo was like in real life, see what Gale Sayers has to say in this short interview: www.profootballhof.com/players/mainpage.cfm?cont_id=85733

Interested in books related to these athletes? Gale Sayers wrote I Am Third (which inspired the first movie) and Jeannie Morris authored Brian Piccolo: A Short Season. (Both books contain instances of stronger language than that found in either movie).

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