March 24, 2021

EP. 147 — Brian’s Song

Paul & Amy tackle 1971’s football integration melodrama Brian’s Song! They learn why Burt Reynolds ultimately wasn’t cast in the James Caan role, praise the film’s use of real game footage, and discuss why it all works despite often feeling like an after school special. Plus: what makes Brian’s Song a famous ‘guy-cry?’


This is the second episode of our Underdogs series; next week’s film is Cool Runnings! Learn more about the show at, follow us on Twitter @unspooled and Instagram @unspooledpod, and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Spotify. You can also listen to our Stitcher Premium game show Screen Test right now at, and apply to be a contestant at! Photo credit: Kim Troxall

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