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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Budd
Gary Reineke ...
Detective Seavey
David Petersen ...
Louis Colquhoun
Don MacKay ...
Al Sims (as Don Mackay)
Samantha Langevin ...
Tom Heaton ...
Accomplice (as James McLarty)
George Dawson ...
Ray Michal ...
Stephen E. Miller ...
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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Release Date:

18 March 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Raposa Cinzenta  »

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CAD 4,500,000 (estimated)

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| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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To honor the film's 20th anniversary, the movie was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival. See more »


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 »


Features The Great Train Robbery (1903) See more »


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from opera "Martha"
Composed by Friedrich von Flotow (as Friedrich Von Flowtow)
Performed by Enrico Caruso
Courtesy of RCA RECORDS and with the consent of the Heirs-At-Law of Enrico Caruso
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The Best Movie Ever
30 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the only movie I have ever purchased. There are so many awesome things about this movie. The plot is unusual. The characters are originals. The music by the Chieftains is rich and adds so much to the movie itself. The photography of the Canadian countryside is outstanding. Be sure to notice the little boy who wants an orange. You will see him again. I love the Canadian small town settings. Best of all is just watching Richard Farnsworth. His character is so appealing. Mr Farnsworth is so natural that he doesn't appear to be acting at all. I just love this movie. It is my all time favorite. The combination of the unusual characters, the time and place, the appealing Mr. Farnsworth, along with music by the Chieftains creates a very special movie.

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