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The Grey Fox (16-Dec-1982)

Director: Phillip Borsos

Writer: John Hunter

Keywords: Western

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Garry Chalk
17-Feb-1952   Michael Oakes on The Killing
Richard Farnsworth
1-Sep-1920 6-Oct-2000 Comes a Horseman


Review by Wilson (posted on 15-Oct-2008)

Farnsworth portrays an old ex-con former miner and cowboy who has just been released from prison around the beginning of the 20th Century after serving a long sentence for train robbery. Set in the far Canadian West ( probably British Columbia ) he is a man of a bygone age with no way to support himself, no friends and no family to turn to. The musical score is by the famous Irish folk group " The Chieftains " and has to be heard to be believed. There is a scene where Farnsworth, despite his real and apparent age and because of his 40 years as a Hollywood stuntman, is riding horseback for a good distance full-tilt with the camera moving alongside with the Chieftain's music going full blast on the sound track. If that scene alone doesn't stir your feet and soul I don't know what will. Out of desperation, Farnsworth returns to train robbery and soon becomes the most hunted and sought after outlaw by the Canadian authorities and the RR police. A wonderful period piece and completely shot on location. Everything in the flick is authentic down to the trains and rolling stock, emerging technology and the costuming. Farnsworth plays his normal understated and very believable character for whom the viewer feels alternating sympathy, contempt and some dislike but the bullied populace views him as a hero for taking on the hated Railroad. Too bad this is not available on DVD, I would buy it in a heartbeat.

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