The Grey Fox

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Francis Ford Coppola protégé Phillip Borsos directs this elegiac, low-key tale about real-life bandit Bill Miner that has become a classic of Canadian cinema. Having been released from jail in 1901 following a 33-year prison sentence for robbing stagecoaches, Bill Miner (Richard Farnsworth) finds himself living in a society that has completely changed from the one of his youth. He tries to put his life of crime behind him and settle down in Washington state with his sister, but the quiet life does not suit him. He feels restless but uncertain as to how to proceed next. The answer comes to him when he sees Edward S. Porter's The Great Train Robbery. Soon, Miner has slipped over the border into Canada and, along with his new partner, Shorty (Wayne Robson), robs the Canadian Pacific Railway Transcontinental Express. Later, while laying low after the crime in a remote corner of British Columbia, he meets the beautiful, strong-willed photographer Kate Flynn (Jackie Burroughs). In writing this script, Borsos reportedly made heavy use of contemporary court documents and testimonies. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival in honor of its 20th anniversary. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

Cast

Timothy Webber
as Sgt. Ferdie
Peter Jobin
as Sgt. Wilson
Bill Meilen
as Ducks Engineer
Bill Murdock
as Mission Engineer
Gary Reineke
as Detective Seavey
Don MacKay
as Al Sims
George Dawson
as Accomplice
Ray Michal
as Gunsmith
Stephen E. Miller
as Danny Young
David Crowley
as Oregon Engineer
Gary Chalk
as Oregon Train Mail Clerk
Jack Leaf
as Shopkeeper
Sean Sullivan
as Newspaper Editor
Jack Ackroyd
as Fireman (Mission)
Nicholas Rice
as Mail Clerk (Mission)
Frank C. Turner
as Hotel Clerk
Paul Jolicoeur
as Conductor
Paul Whitney
as Mountie
Murray Ord
as Mountie
Lisa Westman
as Farm Girl
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Critic Reviews for The Grey Fox

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Audience Reviews for The Grey Fox

  • Jan 20, 2010
    Finally saw it thanks to TIFF's recent 30th anniversary airing. Unfortunately what could be Canada's greatest film is caught up on a poor distribution deal and hadn't been aired in decades. Despite damage to the original film, this one sparkles particularly due to the performances. Farnsworth steals the show as the train robber that we want to see succeed.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • May 25, 2008
    one of the great Canadian movies
    Adam M Super Reviewer

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