"Brian's Song" (1971) Classic Movie Recommendation

Feb 02, 2020, 06:00 PM

Chet Dee celebrate Super Bowl Sunday by looking back at their favorite football film—"Brian's Song" from 1971.

"Brian's Song," the 1971 made-for-TV movie that tells the true story of football legend Gayle Sayers and his teammate Brian Piccolo, is considered one of the top "Guy Cry" films of all time. But just what is it about this story of football, friendship, life and death that touches the hearts of even the manliest men? The Chicago Bears made news in the 1960s when they had Sayers, a black man, and Piccolo, a white man, room together on road trips. Fifty years later, what can we learn from this film's depiction of racial tension in America at that time? What if you're not a guy or a football fan? Can you still enjoy this movie and get something out of it? We think so.