The Terry Fox Story chronicles the heroic life of the young Canadian man whose 1980 Marathon of Hope resulted in raising more than $20 million for cancer research.
Eric Fryer plays the title role with tremendous conviction. The story [by John and Rose Kastner] opens in Vancouver in 1977, prior to the time Fox lost his right leg to cancer. In short order, the film dispenses with the diagnosed malignancy, Fox’s convalescence, the fitting of a prosthetic leg and his decision to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research.
Despite initial parental and medical opposition, Fox’s dream begins in April 1980. He enlists the aid of his friend, Doug Alward (Michael Zeiniker) to drive a camper and watch his progress but cannot convince his girlfriend, Rika (Rosalind Chao), to leave her job and join the marathon.
Fryer, an acting newcomer and himself an amputee, shows no rough edges in his performance. Robert Duvall as Vigars has another accomplished, gutsy role.