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Phillip Borsos



A protégé of Francis Ford Coppola, Philip Borsos was a talented Canadian director whose life ended before he had much chance to fulfill the promise of his debut film, The Grey Fox (1982). The beautifully photographed tale of a real-life gentleman bandit in British Columbia, the story made stunt-man Richard Farnsworth one of Hollywood's most sought-after character actors and received considerable critical acclaim. It also won several Genie Awards (Canadian Oscars). Borsos made films in genres ranging from terse thrillers to family films, but while the themes have little in common, his approach was to utilize intelligent scripts featuring carefully developed characters, low-key, believable performances (these elements led some critics to carp that Borsos films can be achingly slow-paced) and spectacular cinematography. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Borsos started out making documentary short films such as Cooperage (1976) and Spartree (1977). His 1979 short Nails was nominated for an Oscar. Other notable feature films from Brosos include the surprisingly dark family-oriented Christmas drama One Magic Christmas (1985); Bethune: The Making of a Hero (1993), starring Donald Sutherland, and the poetic wilderness adventure Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog (1995). While finishing shooting on the latter production, (filmed along the wild coastline of British Columbia), Borsos was diagnosed with leukemia. In late October, 1994, he underwent a bone-marrow transplant, but the transplant failed, and Borsos died in early 1995. In addition to directing, Borsos occasionally played small supporting roles in such features as Weird Science (1985) and The Shadow (1994).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
57% Far From Home - The Adventures Of Yellow Dog
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1995
35% The Shadow
  • Duke Rollins
1994
No Score Yet Bethune: The Making of a Hero
  • Director
1993
No Score Yet Dr. Bethune
  • Director
1993
50% The Boost
  • Joel
1988
0% Head Office
  • General Sepulveda
1986
50% One Magic Christmas
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1985
56% Weird Science
  • Candy Bar Owner (uncredited)
1985
57% The Mean Season
  • Director
1985
No Score Yet The Naked Face
  • Frank
1984
40% Doctor Detroit
  • Rush Street Dude
1983
100% The Grey Fox
  • Director
1982
89% Tootsie
  • Actor
1982

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