History Film / BriansSong

31st Mar '18 11:43:14 PM nombretomado
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* {{Novelization}}: Subverted - rather than turn it into a novel, [[Series/StarskyAndHutch William]] [[{{Roots}} Blinn]]'s Emmy-winning teleplay was published in book form.

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* {{Novelization}}: Subverted - rather than turn it into a novel, [[Series/StarskyAndHutch William]] [[{{Roots}} [[Series/Roots1977 Blinn]]'s Emmy-winning teleplay was published in book form.
12th Jan '18 2:13:51 AM jormis29
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''Brian's Song'' is a 1971 MadeForTVMovie starring Billy Dee Williams, Creator/JamesCaan, and several members of the actual [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague Chicago Bears football team]]. Caan and Williams respectively play Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers, two star running backs in college (Piccolo led the nation in rushing and scoring during his senior year) who are both rookies for the Bears and thus competing for the same position. Piccolo is a loud, goofy extrovert and Sayers very softspoken and reserved, but after getting on each other's nerves with a couple of pranks early in their career, they are asked to room together (since the team is going to room by position), and become the first white and black players in team history to share a room.

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''Brian's Song'' is a 1971 MadeForTVMovie starring Billy Dee Williams, Creator/BillyDeeWilliams, Creator/JamesCaan, and several members of the actual [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague Chicago Bears football team]]. Caan and Williams respectively play Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers, two star running backs in college (Piccolo led the nation in rushing and scoring during his senior year) who are both rookies for the Bears and thus competing for the same position. Piccolo is a loud, goofy extrovert and Sayers very softspoken and reserved, but after getting on each other's nerves with a couple of pranks early in their career, they are asked to room together (since the team is going to room by position), and become the first white and black players in team history to share a room.
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.
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6th Nov '14 5:25:18 PM MarkLungo
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