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Game Film, No. 4: Brian’s Song (1971)

Is it getting dusty in here, or is it just me?

Brian’s Song is a contradiction. It’s a TV movie that begins with a Hemingway quote. It’s incredibly dated, yet has aged impeccably. It’s a masculine movie that makes grown men cry. A funny movie about death. A true story about two men who seem like Hollywood cliches. A football movie that won four Emmys and a Peabody Award. All packed into 74 minutes. Since movies have to be 70 minutes long to be considered full length, it’s both one of the shortest sports movies ever made, and also one of the most memorable.