Crazy Canuck Double Bill: The Grey Fox & The Rainbow Boys

Two Films, One Ticket! Both shot in Beautiful B.C.!


The Grey Fox (1982) Based on the true story of Billy Miner. After decades in prison, stagecoach robber Bill Miner (Richard Farnsworth, The Straight Story) emerges in 1901 a free man without a place in 20th-century society. Times have changed, but in the face of all these changes, neither his good-humoured patience nor his joy of life has abandoned him. With the vigor of a teenager, Miner sees a screening of one of the first films, The Great Train Robbery, and is inspired to once again do what he does best. Filmed with the beautiful Pacific Northwest as a backdrop, The Grey Fox is a rare and touching yarn exploring and unravelling a greatly likable and unlikely hero. Beautifully shot by Frank Tidy (The Duellists) and wonderfully directed by Phillip Borsos, The Grey Fox is a richly satisfying film experience considered by most as one of the greatest Canadian films of all time.

The Rainbow Boys (1973) Canadian film fans, rejoice! Unavailable for many years, we recommend taking this opportunity to check out a forgotten slice Canadian cinema, with its gorgeous cinematography of the B.C. countryside. Directed by animation heavyweight Gerald Potterton (HEAVY METAL), it feels in many ways like a spiritual successor to his earlier NFB classic THE RAILRODDER (1965) with Buster Keaton.

Gerald Potterton’s B.C.-shot comedy THE RAINBOW BOYS has finally resurfaced in a handsome 2K print. The long-lost film is an entertaining classic of Canuck cinema starring Donald Pleasance as Ralph, an aging prospector looking to reclaim his father’s gold stash from a Fraser Valley mine. With a rough ‘n’ tumble comedic tone, the film follows Ralph as he makes his way across the vast B.C. interior with his wife Gladys (Kate Reid) and Mazella (Don Calfa), a U.S. hippie convinced he can strike it rich. This pleasantly laidback road movie succeeds on the presence of its three stars as they bicker and banter along the long twisted trail to the Little Lemon mine–especially Pleasance, whose natural charisma shines through his tall tales and physical bluster. 

“A prize-worthy performance from British actor Donald Pleasence … He has made The Rainbow Boys a must-see film for anyone interested in acting at its finest.” - Michael Walsh, The Province

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