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Brian's Song [DVD] [2002]

Sean Maher , Ben Gazzara , Jeff Ironi    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sean Maher, Ben Gazzara, Mekhi Phifer, Shane Daly, Elise Neal
  • Directors: Jeff Ironi
  • Producers: Richard Marvin
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Greek, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: French, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Oct 2002
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006JI2D
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,268 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, Finnish, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Norweigan, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
Running Time: 86 mins approx


The famous story of two men in their 20's who rival for the same position on the Chicago Bears football team. Gayle Sayers, an African American star running back prospect, and Brian Piccolo, who is Caucasian and a lesser prospect, start out as rivals, end up being roommates, and gradually become best friends; then Brian is diagnosed with cancer. A moving story of true friendship. This is a remakeof the 1971 Made-for-television film of the same name starring James Caan & Billy Dee Williams. Cast Includes: Sean Maher, Mekhi Phifer, & Ben Gazzara.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BRIAN'S SONG SHOULD BE HEARD... 2 Jan 2003
This is a Disney remake of the 1971 popular film of the same name, which starred James Caan and Billy Dee Williams. It is based upon the true story of professional football players, Gale Sayers and Brian Piccolo, who played for the Chicago Bears. They became fast friends and were rookie roommates on the road.
When Brian begins losing weight inexplicably and coughing up a storm, it doesn't look good. He finally goes to the doctor, where he discovers that he has cancer. Yet, Brian never gives up. He wills himself to live, inspiring Gale to be all that he can be.
The film takes the viewer through the beginning of Gale's and Brian's friendship, all the way through to the end. Along the way, it touches on many themes. When Gale reaches the pinnacle of success and stardom in the world of professional football and wins an award, he gives a speech that includes Brian. It is a speech that is guaranteed to bring tears to the viewer.
Mekhi Phifer is terrific in the role of Gale Sayers and Sean Maher gives a compelling performance as Brian Piccolo. This is a well-directed, well-acted film. It is also very sad.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Sean Maher's and Mekhi Phifer's portrayls of 2 VERY different people are outstanding. It's worth watching just to see how these 2 fantastic actors bring the personalities of Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers to life.

The story is by the end both tragic and moving and is carried the whole way through by fantastic acting by leads and supporting actors alike. Even with a small budget compared to many Hollywood blockbusters this story manages to convey every emotion of the characters. Don't expect too much action packed Football clips but by the end of this film you won't have even missed them.

If you like sports, buy this film. If you want to be inspired buy this film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sad movie 28 Jan 2010
By navado
this movie makes me want to cry, just what he went through will make anyone give up, however he never did until the end.
and his friend stood by him all the way through.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not that good! 21 Feb 2014
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It is almost identical to the original, which kind of ruins things, as its not like they improved it in any way. The best bit is still Gale Sayers speech, If you're an American football fan, you will probably like it. I cant see how people have rated it 5 stars but each to their own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brian's Song review 1 Feb 2013
The dvd came on time.

This film did have me glued to the screen.
Really nice film.
Would recommend it to every audience.
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