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The World's Fastest Indian (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama, Sport  |  24 March 2006 (USA)
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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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Short subject documentary about land speed record holder Burt Munro. Produced for NZBC.

Director: Roger Donaldson
Stars: Burt Munro


Cast overview, first billed only:
Iain Rea ...
Tessa Mitchell ...
Aaron Murphy ...
Tim Shadbolt ...
Annie Whittle ...
Greg Johnson ...
Kate Sullivan ...
Jim Bowman ...
Alison Bruce ...
Phoebe Falconer ...
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Barry Ryan ...


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 <>

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

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Release Date:

24 March 2006 (USA)  »

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The World's Fastest Indian  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$400,782 (USA) (3 February 2006)


$5,128,124 (USA) (14 July 2006)

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William Lucking plays Rolly Free. Rolland "Rollie" Free was a racer of Indian Motorcycles in the 20's and 30's. He set an American motorcycle speed record by riding a Vincent HRD to a speed of 150.313 m.p.h. at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1948. See more »


Burt talks about his twin brother and tells Tom a story about how he died as a youngster. The real Burt Munro had a twin sister who died at birth. See more »


[first lines]
Burt Munro: [rolling a distance gauge] 93... 94... 95... 96... 97...
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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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