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The Grey Fox (1982)

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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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 12 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »
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Miner
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Kate
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Jack Budd
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Shorty
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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 ...
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Ray Michal ...
Gunsmith
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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18 March 1983 (USA)  »

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A Raposa Cinzenta  »

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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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Features The Great Train Robbery (1903) See more »

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The Job of Journeywork
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A no-nonsense and credible depiction of a Western outlaw.
21 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Surely one of the most direct, honest and accurate depictions of life in the "Old West," the Grey Fox does not resort to violence, bluster or machismo to present its story. Instead, the film comes across as a story of a man whose life has gone wrong as the result of carefully thought out and well-reasoned choices, though nevertheless bad choices. This alone is particularly refreshing in a Western movie and makes the film a worthwhile experience.

The late Richard Farnsworth relies on his considerable skills as an actor and makes his character sympathetic and heroic, never losing sight that he is in fact a thief. The costumes, setting, dialog and yes, even the miserable weather are true to the historical period and makes the viewer feel as if they were there alongside the characters in this elegant story.

It's a wonderful film and a visual feast!


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