The Grey Fox (1982)

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. Entering a world unfamiliar to him, he returns to the only thing that gives him purpose — robbery.


It's hard to believe this is still only available on VHS. Farnsworth delivers an understated, classy and occasionally menacing performance. The film on the whole is effectively simple, with a sense of authenticity, but with just enough embellishment to emphasize the somewhat mythic character of the outlaw hero Miner. The train robberies reminded me quite a bit of the ones in The Assassination of Jesse James, so I wonder if this film made an impression on its director.

8 years ago


Well said the3rdman, this film deserves a restored print on blu-ray. I wish Criterion would champion this sadly neglected gem.

8 years ago

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