The Terry Fox Story

The Terry Fox Story
Directed by Ralph L. Thomas
Written by Edward Hume
John Kastner
Rose Kastner
Starring Eric Fryer
Distributed by HBO (U.S.)
ITC (UK)[1]
Release dates
  • 22 May 1983 (1983-05-22) (U.S.)
Running time
97 minutes
Country Canada
United States
Language English

The Terry Fox Story is a 1983 film biopic of Canadian amputee and runner Terry Fox. It was written by Howard Hume, John Kastner and Rose Kastner, and directed by Ralph L. Thomas. The film stars Eric Fryer as Fox, Chris Makepeace as his brother Darrell, and Robert Duvall as Fox's publicist, Bill Vigars. The cast also includes Rosalind Chao, R. H. Thomson, Elva Mai Hoover, Michael Zelniker, Saul Rubinek and Patrick Watson.

The film was produced for HBO in the United States with Canadian co-producers. Although it was also released in Canadian and British[1] theatres, it was the first television film ever made for a cable network.


Awards and criticism

The Terry Fox Story won six awards at the 5th Genie Awards ceremony for Canadian film in 1984:

The film was also nominated for Best Cinematography (Richard Ciupka) and Best Supporting Actress (Hoover), but did not win. Duvall was nominated for Best Actor at the 1983 CableACE Awards, but did not win.

Despite its awards, the film was criticized by Fox's family for depicting him as ill-tempered.[2]

The staff of Halliwell's Film Guide said of the film: "True it may be, but dramatically this is a one-note film with endless pretty pictures of countryside and in the foreground signs of failing health."[1]


  1. 1 2 3 Gritten, David, ed. (2007). "The Terry Fox Story". Halliwell's Film Guide 2008. Hammersmith, London: HarperCollins Publishers. p. 1181. ISBN 0-00-726080-6.

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