The Grey Fox

Canada 1982. Dir: Phillip Borsos. 110 min. 35mm

FREE ADMISSION! Gifted Vancouver filmmaker Phillip Borsos (1953-1995) made good on the promise of his award-winning shorts (including Cooperage, Spartree, and the Oscar-nominated Nails) with his remarkable first feature, one of Canadian cinema’s most revered works. Richard Farnsworth is gentleman bandit Bill Miner, an aging Old West stagecoach robber released into the 20th century after decades in prison. His introduction to modernity includes his first exposure to the movies: Edwin Porter's 1903 classic The Great Train Robbery, which inspires old-fashioned Miner to attempt some new-fangled larceny. Jackie Burroughs co-stars as feminist and photographer Kate Flynn. Shot by Frank Tidy and written by John Hunter, Borsos’s beautiful movie offers a charming evocation of place and an elegiac, film-smart take on the Old West and Old Westerns. It won seven Genies, including Best Film, Director, and Original Screenplay, and solidified B.C.’s reputation as a film centre in Canada. Print courtesy TIFF Film Reference Library.


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REVIEWS

“A gentle, intelligent, very leisurely paced western with one terrific asset: Richard Farnsworth.”

New York Times | full review

“Between train robberies, there is a delicately-handled love story.”

Variety | full review

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