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The Terry Fox Story (Heart of a Champion) (1983)

The Terry Fox Story (Heart of a Champion) (1983)

The Terry Fox Story (Heart of a Champion)





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This moving docudrama on a man whose courage raised $20,000,000 for a worthy cause is also an honest look at the nature of determination. When Canadian Terry Fox was diagnosed with cancer in 1977, his right leg was amputated and rather than simply battle depression, Fox decided to run his own cross-country marathon (5,150 miles) to raise money for cancer research. His parents, his doctor, and his friends opposed the idea but he persisted, convincing a friend with a camper to come along with him (or he could never have made the run). Fox starts at the Atlantic Ocean off Newfoundland, and with only a few supporters and very little fanfare, begins his odyssey. The amputee's human failings are clear: he is egocentric, impatient, short-tempered, and verges on the suicidal in forcing his endurance to the limit. As Fox's mental and emotional state is stretched at the beginning of the run, his friend driving the van has to call on his own reserves to stay with him. No one pays very much attention to Fox as he moves slowly through Quebec, but by the time he reaches Ontario, the Canadians start to notice his heroic effort. The Ontario Cancer Society representative, Bill Vigars (Robert Duvall), moves in like a steamroller to set up more sponsors, media events, and receptions. Fox is suddenly forced into the limelight, having to give speeches in front of huge audiences for the first time in his young life (he is 21). About half-way through his now well-publicized journey, Fox collapses and it becomes clear that his dream will have to end -- but not before he inspired millions of others to donate to cancer research.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Television, Sports & Fitness
Directed By: ,
Written By: John Kastner, Rose Kastner, Edward C. Hume
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20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Eric Fryer
as Terry Fox
Robert Duvall
as Bill Vigars
Michael Zelniker
as Doug Alvard
Chris Makepeace
as Darrell Fox
Rosalind Chao
as Rika Noda
Elva Mai Hoover
as Betty Fox
Frank Adamson
as Rolly Fox
Marie McCann
as Judith Fox
R.H. Thomson
as Dr. Simon
Saul Rubinek
as Dan Grey
Matt Craven
as Bob Cady
Barry Green
as Man in the Crown #1
Ian Heath
as Little Boy
Susan Payne
as Rika's Friend
Robert Desroches
as French canadian driv...
Brian Kaulback
as Man with the Speaker
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
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Audience Reviews for The Terry Fox Story (Heart of a Champion)

TV movie based on Canadian Icon Terry Fox is a good take on what he set out to do, which was run across Canada to raise money for Cancer research during his Marathon of Hope. This is a good little film that could have been much better due to the fact that Terry Fox is such a unique individual. Although not a perfect film, this TV movie does capture the courage of Fox to raise money. The cast do a good job in their roles, but this is your typical made for TV film, don't expect anything great here, and considering what Terry Fox did, a more in depth film would have been much better as well. This is nonetheless a worthy viewing for those interested in his story, and for what it is, it's a good film that is quite entertaining in portraying an important part of Canadian history. Eric Fryer does a good job in the lead role and gives the film some genuine emotion to the story. The problem with this film is that is constrained by its short run time and low budget. However the filmmakers and cast are able to make something worth seeing if you want to know more about Terry Fox. For a drama, it's engaging from start to finish, but the definitive film on Fox's life has yet to be made. This is a film that manages to go beyond its limitations to make something worth seeing. Start here if you want to know a bit on Fox's life, but also take into account that this is a very dramatic film, one that like any other film adds a bit of creativity to make it more appealing to viewers.

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