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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.

Director:

Ralph L. Thomas (as R.L. Thomas)

Writers:

John Kastner (story by), Rose Kastner (story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Duvall ... Bill Vigars
Eric Fryer Eric Fryer ... Terry Fox
Chris Makepeace ... Darrell Fox (as Christopher Makepeace)
Rosalind Chao ... Rika Noda
Michael Zelniker ... Doug Alward
Elva Mai Hoover ... Betty Fox
Frank Adamson ... Rolly Fox
Marie McCann Marie McCann ... Judith Fox
Clyde Rose Clyde Rose ... Fisherman
Austin Davis Austin Davis ... NFLD Merchant
Matt Craven ... Bob Cady
Jeremy Brown Jeremy Brown ... M.C. Nathan Phillips Square
Sheldon Rybowski ... Gogie
Dorothy Wyatt Dorothy Wyatt ... Mayor Wyatt
Steve Hunter Steve Hunter ... Official at Barrie (as Steven Hunter)
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Storyline

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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Was there ever a more impossible dream? See more »

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heart of a Champion See more »

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Budget:

$2,400,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A TV movie made for the HBO network. See more »

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Referenced in You Don't Have to Die (1988) See more »

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TV tearjerker
28 December 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee 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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