Grey Fox

Grand in scope and intimate in feel, so beautifully shot and edited as to make you miss celluloid.


The Grey Fox

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.
Phillip Borsos
Richard Farnsworth
Roger Moore, Movie Nation

The Grey Fox” is a 1982 indie Western that could easily be overwhelmed by its myth, the near miracle confluence of talent rising above its station and pure luck. But it’s so good, a minor classic in its timelessness, that it stands on its own, without any “little engine/movie that could” back story ...

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