History Film / BriansSong

15th Dec '17 7:18:32 AM jamespolk
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* BlackBestFriend: Sayers to Piccolo, although this isn't a standard use of the trope because the film focuses on both characters equally rather than making the white guy the "main character" and the black guy "the friend". But the implications of having a best friend and roommate of another race during 1960s America are touched on, even though it never shows either man actually experiencing racist remarks from anyone else over the issue.



9th Jan '16 4:30:21 AM Cindylover1969
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* InfantImmortality: Averted; let's just say Brian isn't the only person with a terminal disease in the movie.
5th Jul '15 10:04:39 AM Morgenthaler
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''Brian's Song'' is widely considered one of the best [[MadeForTVMovie made-for-TV flicks]] ever made, as well as one of the few films during which it is completely acceptable, even expected, for grown men to [[TearJerker weep]] [[ManlyTears openly]]. There is a 2001 remake of this movie starring Mekhi Phifer, and Sean Maher. It was shown on television under the [[WaltDisneyPresents The Wonderful World of Disney]] anthology.

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''Brian's Song'' is widely considered one of the best [[MadeForTVMovie made-for-TV flicks]] ever made, as well as one of the few films during which it is completely acceptable, even expected, for grown men to [[TearJerker weep]] [[ManlyTears openly]]. There is a 2001 remake of this movie starring Mekhi Phifer, and Sean Maher. It was shown on television under the [[WaltDisneyPresents [[Series/WaltDisneyPresents The Wonderful World of Disney]] anthology.
13th Apr '15 10:49:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* PlayingAgainstType: Audiences who identify Billy Dee Williams with the popularized image of the suave, debonair, smooth-talking, supercool [[ChickMagnet ladies man]] will be shocked to see his subdued performance in his portrayal of Sayers who was shy, quiet and reserved.

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* PlayingAgainstType: Audiences who identify Billy Dee Williams with the popularized image of the suave, debonair, smooth-talking, supercool [[ChickMagnet ladies man]] will be shocked to see his subdued performance in his portrayal of Sayers who was shy, quiet and reserved.



* ThrowItIn: James Caan decided on a whim to literally stick his tongue in his cheek in a few scenes, not knowing this was a real habit of Piccolo's. He found out when Brian's wife asked him how he knew.

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* ThrowItIn: James Caan decided on a whim to literally stick his tongue in his cheek in a few scenes, not knowing this was a real habit of Piccolo's. He found out when Brian's wife asked him how he knew.
12th Apr '15 1:43:19 PM SirSapphire
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** For example: Sayers wasn't with Piccolo when he died, his wife, Joy, was.
12th Apr '15 1:36:59 PM SirSapphire
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* [[ManicPixieDreamGirl Manic Pixie Dream Guy]]: Piccolo is a platonic (and male) version for Sayers, getting the shy football player out of his shell and helping him through his issues.
28th Dec '14 10:21:57 PM KentuckyTroper1990
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-> This is ''Film/{{Beaches}}'' for men.
--> -- [[WebVideo/GloveAndBoots Fafa the Groundhog]]
6th Nov '14 5:25:18 PM MarkLungo
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2nd Oct '14 2:09:10 AM Statzkeen
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They end up becoming great friends even though Sayers is the star and Piccolo rarely plays. Then Sayers badly injures his leg and Piccolo puts up great numbers in his absence, while simultaneously visting Sayers constantly to push Sayers through rehab, knowing he himself will become a better player if he has to compete with a healthy, fully-recovered Sayers. With a dilemma over whom to play, coach George Halas decides to switch Piccolo to fullback, even though he's undersized for the position, and keep the speedier Sayers at halfback, [[TakeAThirdOption so they can both start.]]

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They end up becoming great friends even though Sayers is the star and Piccolo rarely plays. Then Sayers badly injures his leg and Piccolo becomes the starter and puts up great numbers in his absence, numbers, while simultaneously visting Sayers constantly visting his injured friend to push Sayers through rehab, rehab - Piccolo knowing he himself will become a better player if he has to compete with a healthy, fully-recovered Sayers. With a dilemma over whom to play, coach George Halas decides to switch Piccolo to fullback, even though he's undersized for the position, and keep the speedier Sayers at halfback, [[TakeAThirdOption so they can both start.]]
12th Sep '14 9:28:45 PM Eegah
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** The original film was made just six months after Piccolo's death.
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