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Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie

From his hit series “Family Ties” through the iconic Back to the Future and beyond, the 80’s diminutive Michael J. Fox has been an impish cultural giant. With the onset of Parkinson’s disease, diagnosed in 1991 and revealed in 1998, he has been known as a fearless fighter, along with other famous sufferers such as Mohammed Ali and Kathryn Hepburn.

An informative new documentary Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie, streaming on Apple TV+, is a blend of original footage showing his meteoric rise to fame and subtle re-enactment. In all, it shows his charm and his determination to expose the disease to needed research by campaigning for funding.

Director David Guggenheim and editor Michael Harte have seamlessly spliced publicity B-roll, videos, stock footage and a few narrators to create a convincing bio about Michael’s rise and fall and permanent rise again to national recognition. This doc is as much a powerful testimony to the threat of Parkinson’s as it is a testament to the will power of a former super star to fight it.

Because Fox is eminently watchable even under the sway of the disease, this doc is entertaining and informative. He asks for no pity but gains enormous respect for facing reality and fighting for happiness.

Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie

Director: Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth)

Screenplay: Michael J. Fox (Based on the books written by)

Cast: Danny Irizarry, Hannah Galway

Run Time: 1h 35m

Rating: R

John DeSando, a Los Angeles Press Club first-place winner for National Entertainment Journalism, hosts NPR’s It’s Movie Time and hosts Cinema Classics as well as podcasts Back Talk and Double Take out of WCBE 90.5 FM. Contact him at

John DeSando holds a BA from Georgetown University and a Ph.D. in English from The University of Arizona. He served several universities as a professor, dean, and academic vice president. He has been producing and broadcasting as a film critic on It’s Movie Time and Cinema Classics for more than two decades. DeSando received the Los Angeles Press Club's first-place honors for national entertainment journalism.