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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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The film's director Phillip Borsos was a protégé of Francis Ford Coppola. See more »


The intro cards state that in 1863, "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. 1863+18=1881. (The implication is that those 33 years were consecutive and unbroken.) 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 »


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Truly a masterpiece
6 January 2008 | by mypoorjeepSee all my reviews

After watching this movie for the first time I was spellbound by this story, and every year or two I have to rent it again. Reflections of an elderly man upon his mis-spent youth, yet, seems doomed to resume his criminal past despite having just finished a long prison sentence. The rugged Canadian scenery and quaint small towns are as spellbinding as the story, and are enhanced by the wonderful music of the Chieftans. The time period is beautifully, and accurately depicted, and adds to the allure of a very well told story.I would recommend this movie to anyone that likes a good western. The violence is not overdone and serves to remind us that there is nothing romantic about a life of crime.

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English | Italian

Release Date:

18 March 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


CAD4,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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