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On Any Sunday (1971)

G  |   |  Documentary, Sport  |  28 July 1971 (USA)
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Documentary on motorcycle racing featuring stars of the sport, including film star Steve McQueen, a racer in his own right.

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A documentary following the lives of motorcycle racers and racing enthusiasts, including actor Steve McQueen. First asking the question "Why do they do it?" this film looks at the people who devote (and sometimes risk) their lives to racing on tracks and off-road courses around the world. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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From Bruce Brown who made 'Endless Summer' See more »

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The film was financed by actor Steve McQueen. See more »

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Narrator: [after a desert racer move a turtle out of the trail] Desert racers are nice people.
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Referenced in Seeds of Lust (1971) See more »

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On Any Sunday
Lyrics by Sally Stevens
Music by Dominic Frontiere
Sung by Sally Stevens
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Fun even for non-riders.
7 October 2003 | by (North Hemis) – See all my reviews

Modest aspirations, budget and technique made this a surprising box-office hit back in 1971, and to this day nobody's done it better. Populist documentarian Bruce Brown (of ENDLESS SUMMER fame) wanted to show how much fun motorcycling is and succeeded. It's that simple.

I remember as a nerdy kid being dragged to see this, grumbling all the way, "I don't want to see some stupid documentary about stupid motorcycles!" Well, the movie surprised me with its infectious air of fun and camaraderie. Trust me, when it's over you're going to want to rush out and buy yourself a dirt bike.

Although much of the photography is 16mm, MOS, hand-held or too zoomy, the editing and slow-motion sequences, backed by a charming pop score from Dominic Frontiere (he of the original superb OUTER LIMITS), overcome the minor technical limitations. Brown's narration is also good if not quite perfect: not overwritten, maybe a bit hokey sometimes, but mostly funny or informative.

Perhaps the film tries to cover too much. But when it concentrates on its three main protagonists -- American Motorcycling Association star Mert Lawwill, multi-talented expert Malcolm Smith, and movie star Steve McQueen (whose production company provided financing) -- it's a heckuva fun ride.


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