GenreBiography, Drama, Sport Duration LanguageEnglish
Release dateUnited States:
22 May 1983 WriterHoward Hume (dialogue), John Kastner, Rose Kastner AwardsGenie Award for Best Achievement in Overall Sound CastEric Fryer, Robert Duvall (Bill Vigars), Michael Zelniker, Elva Mai Hoover Similar moviesTerry
TaglineHe believed in miracles....because he had to!
The terry fox story full movie 1983
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 theatres, it was the first television film ever made for a cable network.
The terry fox story
Eric Fryer as Terry Fox
Robert Duvall as Bill Vigars
Chris Makepeace as Darrell Fox
Rosalind Chao as Rika Noda
Michael Zelniker as Doug Alward
Elva Mai Hoover as Betty Fox
Frank Adamson as Rolly Fox
Marie McCann as Judith Fox
Awards and criticism
The Terry Fox Story won six awards at the 5th Genie Awards ceremony for Canadian film in 1984:
Best Actor (Fryer)
Best Supporting Actor (Zelniker)
Best Sound (Joe Grimaldi, Bruce Carwardine, Austin Grimaldi and Glen Gauthier)
Best Sound Editing (same as above; tied with The Wars)
Best Film Editing (Ron Wisman)
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.
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."