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I am a bereaved mother and wife. I began this blog to help me look for the "good things" in life after my daughter, "Babybear", died in July 2005. Three years later, her daddy, my husband, "Bear", died in November 2008. (You'll find a link to their stories on my blog) And now, as difficult as it is, I continue to look for the good things in my life as I learn my new normal with my pup, "Furrybear", at my side. And the angels on my shoulder...

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Movie Review: Brian's Song

Brian's Song - Starring James Caan and Billy Dee Williams

I first heard of this movie after my husband died when my friend introduced me to the theme song from this movie. You can hear the song in this post.

I immediately looked up the song on and put it on my Zip List. It finally came this week.

Brian's Song was a made-for-tv movie based on the story of Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers, two players for the Chicago Bears. They develop a unique friendship as rookies. When Sayers injures his knee, it is Piccolo who encourages him not to give up. Later, Piccolo is diagnosed with cancer which only deepens their friendship.

The movie was short, only 74 minutes long, but a very nice, if sad, movie.

It started with a quote that I would like to share:

"Ernest Hemingway said every true story ends in death. Well, this is a true story."

Such a simple quote, yet, speaks volumes, doesn't it? No happy ever after.

We played Brian's Song at the funeral, and it's nice to know the story behind the song. I'm glad I got a chance to watch the movie, even though the hospital scenes bring back memories for me.



Jenners said...

I'm sure this wasn't easy to watch. I remember crying over it when I saw it years ago. And the song is so sad. Great quote too!

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Anonymous said...

That's a movie that will always be close to me heart. A tearjerker for sure, but the friendship and love shine so bright.

Brian's Song is beautiful, I am glad that your friend introduced it to you when you needed it.

drewmark19 said...

Every year my students read the teleplay and then we watch the movie. We always have 2-3 students that we have to prepare because they have lost someone very close to them to cancer. What a tear jerker!

kisatrtle said...

Sounds like a tear jerker. I'm not sure I could handle it. I'm more of a comedy kind of gal. I'm going to see if Netflic's has it.

Joc(e) said...

I'm glad you finally saw the movie and blogged about it, Ter. It is a tearjerker for sure, and it often makes the various lists of movies that make men cry! (to kisatrtle - yes, Netflix has it.)

Congrats on winning Jenners' giveaway! Good job!

Anonymous said...

I'll have to watch this. That is a great quote. And I like short movies...I lose attention in the long ones and fall asleep!

Just A Mom (Call me JAM for short) said...

Oh my... that must have been difficult to watch Ter. I remember watching it years ago when it first came out and crying buckets! It was definitely a tearjerker!