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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.


Phillip Borsos


John Hunter
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 12 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Farnsworth ... Bill Miner
Jackie Burroughs ... Kate Flynn
Ken Pogue ... Jack Budd
Wayne Robson ... Shorty Dunn
Timothy Webber ... Sergeant Fernie
Gary Reineke Gary Reineke ... Detective Seavey
David Petersen ... Louis Colquhoun
Don MacKay ... Al Sims (as Don Mackay)
Samantha Langevin ... Jenny
Tom Heaton ... Tom
Jim McLarty ... Accomplice (as James McLarty)
George Dawson George Dawson ... Accomplice
Ray Michal Ray Michal ... Gunsmith
Stephen E. Miller ... Danny Young
David L. Crowley ... Oregon Train Crew - Engineer


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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Did You Know?


Canada's first train robbery occurred on 10th September 1904. See more »


After Bill reunites with his Sister they walk together toward the house to meet her husband and pass a 3 point spring tooth harrow. The three point system wasn't invented until the late 1920s. See more »


Miner: I got ambition in me that just won't quit.
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Referenced in South of Heaven, West of Hell (2000) See more »


The Job of Journeywork
Arranged by Martin Fay
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An undiscovered gem of a movie
4 July 2005 | by donduttonSee all my reviews

Bill Miner, the "Gentleman Robber" robbed stages and trains from Arizona to British Columbia. This is a beautifully photographed and lyrical telling of his later career, fighting the law and the law winning.... for a while at least. Richard Farnsworth handed in a great and totally credible performance as the laid back but cunning Miner and his love affair with most interesting woman in Kamloops. All the characters are the real thing... no Hollywood veneer here. Great pace and photography- get it with John Sayles' Matewan and have an authentic trip back into time. Its' a pity that Phillip Borsos didn't live long enough to put out a few more of these.

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English | Italian

Release Date:

18 March 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Grey Fox See more »


Box Office


CAD4,500,000 (estimated)

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| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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