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The life story of New Zealander Burt Munro, who spent years building a 1920 Indian motorcycle -- a bike which helped him set the land-speed world record at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967.

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For 25 years in Invercargill at the south end of New Zealand, Burt Munro (1899-1978) has been working on increasing the speed of his motorcycle, a 1920 Indian. He dreams of taking it to the Bonneville Salt Flats to see how fast it will go. By the early 1960s, heart disease threatens his life, so he mortgages his house and takes a boat to Los Angeles, buys an old car, builds a makeshift trailer, gets the Indian through customs, and heads for Utah. Along the way, people he meets are charmed by his open, direct friendliness. If he makes it to Bonneville, will they let an old guy on the flats with makeshift tires, no brakes, and no chute? And will the Indian actually respond? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated PG-13 for brief language, drug use and a sexual reference | See all certifications »

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13 October 2005 (New Zealand)  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$958,836 (Australia) (7 April 2006)

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$5,128,124 (USA) (14 July 2006)
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On the last day of filming in the United States there was a helicopter crash while filming a scene of Burt Munro's car pulling the motorcycle and trailer. Both the pilot and camera operator walked away from the destroyed helicopter. Three days later the camera operator traveled to New Zealand to finish the movie. See more »

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When Burt Munro grabs two eggs from the chicken coop they are white but in the next scene they are brown. See more »

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[first lines]
Burt Munro: [rolling a distance gauge] 93... 94... 95... 96... 97...
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References Burt Munro: Offerings to the God of Speed (1971) See more »

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A Chick Flick for Guys.
3 July 2005 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

A true story with a nice mix of emotion and motorcycles.

At a sneak preview of this movie in Burt Munro 's hometown - Invercargill, I noticed at the end that many of the men had moist eyes -not that the film is weepy or sycophantic in any way - it's simply inspirational.

The hero/underdog here is a social misfit, a self-confessed dirty old man but a lovable one. He loves the ladies and he loves speeding on his vintage Indian Scout "modified somewhat" along the open beach of Invercargill in Southern New Zealand. Beach bike racers still contest the Burt Munro Trophy on Oreti beach.

Burt's 1967 record at Bonneville still stands.

Anthony Hopkins manages the problematic Kiwi accent well to deliver a touching, funny and realistic depiction of Burt in his quest to be the fastest thing on two wheels. Sir Anthony said that it's the best thing he's ever done and it's hard to disagree based on his laconic and lovable portrayal.

Outstanding cameos by the likes of Annie Whittle and Diane Ladd simply add depth and verisimilitude to the film. Tim Shadbolt, well he definitely acted in the film...

Complete and convincing performances that warm the heart and show true humanity shining through.

The cinematography is clear and precise, the action scenes are mercifully free of special effects and Burt's kiwi innovation and guile win the day.

A new classic from Roger Donaldson.


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