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On Any Sunday (1971)

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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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Take a trip at 265 mph See more »

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28 July 1971 (USA)  »

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Access to the beach for the final scenes in the film (shot at Camp Pendleton, a marine base in California), was originally denied to Bruce Brown, but Steve McQueen intervened and the Pendleton officials then gave permission. 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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Followed by On Any Sunday II (1981) 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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Take When You Need A Happy Shot
14 September 2009 | by (Seattle, USA) – See all my reviews

I somehow missed this when it first came out. There was this thing called Viet Nam going on and me wearing green clothes, but I digress....

The first time I saw this movie I was already an experienced rider, having ridden all over the North American Continent and the island of Oahu on everything from 90cc dirt bikes to Harleys to Ninjas to full-boat tourers. But like other reviewers on this forum, it's now Must See at least twice a year. While it centers on off-road competition rather than road riding, OAS still conveys the thrill riders get when in the wind. Bruce Brown knows how to tell a story, and he does a fantastic job. On one hand, he tries to cover too much in the allotted time; on the other hand, there are so many more stories in the motorcycle world that didn't get told. Just enjoy the movie for what it is, a neat little story, photographed and narrated by a talented story-teller with genuine love for the sport.

For those that are not motorcyclists: while Steve McQueen indeed has the draw, the two other riders in the movie are today giants in their chosen fields. Mert Lawwill today is a gifted engineering pioneer in the field of human hand prosthesis, and Malcom Smith still owns a dealership and runs Malcom Smith Racing, a producer of off-road rider equipment.


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