At age 16, an undersized army brat landed a part as a 12-year-old on a Canadian television show. Confident he could make it in the U.S., he moved into a tiny apartment in the slums of Beverly Hills. Three years later, he was struggling to scrape by and ready to retreat. But then came his breakout roles — Alex P. Keaton on the sitcom Family Ties and Marty McFly in the BACK TO THE FUTURE trilogy — and a superstar was born. Michael J. Fox dominated the industry for most of the ‘80s and ’90s, but a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease at age 29 threatened to derail his career.
Fox’s improbable story sounds like the stuff of Hollywood, so what better way to tell it than through scenes from his own work, supplemented with stylish recreations? Owning his own narrative, the actor playfully recounts his journey with intimacy, candor and humor. In the hands of Davis Guggenheim (AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH), STILL reveals what happens when an eternal optimist confronts an incurable disease.
“Infectious…There are life lessons here to be learned and shared, for sure. But the film moves with such thrilling pacing it feels more like a celebration.” —Christy Lemire, rogerebert.com “This isn’t the story of a wonderful actor felled by an illness; it’s the story of a wonderful actor, period, beginning nearly at the beginning…and moving briskly through Fox’s career, which ambled along for several years before taking off like a rocket.” —Stephanie Zacharek, Time