The true story about the Canadian cancer amputee hero who decided to run across Canada on only one leg to raise money for cancer research.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Fryer ...
Darrell Fox (as Christopher Makepeace)
Rika Noda
Elva Mai Hoover ...
Marie McCann ...
Clyde Rose ...
Austin Davis ...
NFLD Merchant
Bob Cady
Jeremy Brown ...
M.C. Nathan Phillips Square
Sheldon Rybowski ...
Dorothy Wyatt ...
Mayor Wyatt
Steve Hunter ...
Official at Barrie (as Steven Hunter)


Terry Fox has lost a leg to cancer. Frustrated with the lack of public support for or recognition of cancer victims and amputees, he sets himself the task of running across Canada to raise money for cancer research: his "Marathon of Hope". Written by Murray Chapman <>

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Courage. Heartbreak. Romance. Determination. See more »


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Release Date:

22 May 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A remény maratonja: Terry Fox története  »

Box Office


$2,400,000 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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Eric Fryer is a real-life amputee who, like the title character he portrays in this TV movie, lost a leg to cancer. See more »


Referenced in You Don't Have to Die (1988) See more »

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Well-made biopic of Canadian hero
29 September 1999 | by (North Bay, Ontario) – See all my reviews

Due to my age, I can only vaguely remember when Terry Fox was running across Canada, but his story is definitely a legendary one here in my country. This is a solid film that begins with his life immediately before his leg is amputated, but it focuses on the actual "Marathon of Hope". Some of the dialogue seems a little unrealistic at times, and the film often moves at too brisk a pace, but the acting is fairly good, and in spite of the flaws, this is a story that needs to be heard if you are unfamiliar with it. Terry Fox is widely regarded as a great Canadian's your chance to find out why.

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