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The Grey Fox (1982)

PG  |   |  Biography, Drama, Western  |  18 March 1983 (USA)
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When an aging, but gentlemanly stagecoach robber is released from prison, he decides to go to Canada to become a train robber.

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Miner
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Kate
Ken Pogue ...
Jack Budd
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Shorty
Timothy Webber ...
Fernie
Gary Reineke ...
Detective Seavey
David Petersen ...
Louis Colquhoun
Don MacKay ...
Al Sims (as Don Mackay)
Samantha Langevin ...
Jenny
Tom Heaton ...
Tom
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Accomplice (as James McLarty)
George Dawson ...
Accomplice
Ray Michal ...
Gunsmith
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Danny Young
David L. Crowley ...
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Old West highwayman Bill Miner, known to Pinkertons as "The Gentleman Bandit," is released in 1901 after 33 years in prison, a genial and charming old man. He goes to Washington to live and work with his sister's family. But the world has changed much while he has been away, and he just can't adjust. So he goes to Canada and returns to the only thing familiar to him -- robbery (with stagecoaches changed to trains). Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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In 1901, after 33 years in San Quentin, Bill Miner "The Gentleman Bandit," was released into the Twentieth Century. See more »


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18 March 1983 (USA)  »

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CAD 4,500,000 (estimated)
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The year that Bill Miner (Richard Farnsworth) was released from jail was 1901. See more »

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The intro cards state that in 1866, "the gentleman bandit" began robbing stage coaches at sixteen and committed twenty six robberies over eighteen years. Later, the card state that in 1901, he was released from prison after 33 years in San Quentin. 1901-33=1868. 1866+18=1884. (The implication is that those 33 years were consecutive and unbroken.) See more »

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Farnsworth: A Great Choice For The Role
2 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What's not to like about Richard Farnsworth? He was one of the few actors that received nothing but compliments during his acting days, an extremely likable "old man." Hey, few people every remember seeing this guy as anything but old, since he spent his younger days as a stuntman, rather than as an actor.

So, he was a very good choice to portray a likable thief: Bill Miner, the last of the stagecoach and train robbers. "The Gentleman Bandit," I believe, was his label. This is a nice low-key adventure, with almost no bad language and the British Columbia and Washington state scenery is absolutely gorgeous. It would look great on widescreen DVD. What's the holdup? (pun intended)

The only bad news of this tale is the usual filmmakers' twisted message to root for a man who simply was a crook, nothing else. The film also - especially to get the younger audience - needs more action. It will be too slow for them, but I liked it, if for no other reason that I can listen to Farnsworth's voice all night. What a "cool" guy he was, and it''s always a pleasure to see him on screen.


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