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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Jack Budd
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Gary Reineke ...
Detective Seavey
David Petersen ...
Louis Colquhoun
Don MacKay ...
Al Sims (as Don Mackay)
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Jenny
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Tom
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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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The robber who'll steal your heart [UK Video] See more »


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18 March 1983 (USA)  »

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CAD 4,500,000 (estimated)
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At Canada's Genie Awards in 1983, the fourth held, the picture was nominated for thirteen awards, and won seven. 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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Pursuit of a sympathetic train robber .....................
2 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Grey Fox" is a very likable character, who just happens to rob trains. Richard Farnsworth plays the gentleman bandit who after serving 33 years in prison for stagecoach robbery, easily converts his talents to robbing trains upon release. Eventually fleeing across the Canadian border from Washington State, he tries to blend into a small mining town. Being an enthusiastic teller of tall tales, he is thoroughly convincing in his new life. The Pinkertons somehow track him down, and once again "The Grey Fox" is on the run. Though enjoyable, the movie is not without fault. The editing seems extremely abrupt, as if the film was originally much longer, and has been severely chopped. Another drawback is the EP VHS from "Video Treasures" in no way does justice to the magnificent Canadian scenery. - MERK


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