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The Terry Fox Story (1983)

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 <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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He believed in miracles...because he had to! 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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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the first made-for-cable film. See more »


Remade as Terry (2005) See more »

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TV tearjerker
28 December 2015 | by See all my reviews

It's 1977. Athletic university kid Terry Fox (Eric Fryer) is diagnosed with cancer in his knee and his leg is amputated. With the help of new girlfriend Rika Noda (Rosalind Chao), brother Darrell Fox (Chris Makepeace) and best friend Doug Alward (Michael Zelniker), he starts running in races and decides to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. After breaking up with Rika and with little support, Terry and Doug start from Halifax as he runs home to Vancouver. He's later joined by Darrell and Bill Vigars (Robert Duvall) from the cancer society in Toronto.

The first part is functional TV affair. It's nothing spectacular but it works. The movie really gets going once he's on the road. Terry and Doug's relationship is compelling. It shows Terry to be not simply a saint but an actual human being. The receptions he gets are the real tearjerker. The movie then adds the great Robert Duvall to the mix. Obviously, Fryer got the job because of his amputation and his likeness to Terry. He is still a competent actor who is able to hit certain notes. Zelniker is amazing as Doug. This is a solid TV production of an inspiring figure.

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