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One of the Best Movies Made for TV that I have Ever Seen
Reviewed in the United States on June 13, 2016
Brian's Song is a made for television movie made for ABC in 1971, that features James Caan and Billy D. Williams.This sports movie is based on the book, "I Am Third", the autobiography written by Gayle Sayres. The story deals with the friendship of future hall of fame running back, Gayle Sayres and his roommate, Brian Piccolo and how they cope with Brian's terminal illness. The movie was such a success for ABC, ABC released the movie to theaters where the movie did no business.
Adapted by veteran screenwriter, William Blinn, A Dallas newspaper critic said that Blinn's screenplay was highly restrained and avoided overt sentimentalityyet conveyed the true friendshio that the men had for each other. In a 2005 Entertainment weekly survey, "Brian's Song" was listed as the 7th best "guy cry" movie ever made.
Note: The movie was remade by Disney in 2001. The remake is not worth watching.