MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 10 this week

The World's Fastest Indian (2005)

7.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.9/10 from 40,023 users   Metascore: 68/100
Reviews: 245 user | 127 critic | 32 from Metacritic.com

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.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 07 Mar 2011
 
a list of 31 titles
created 04 Jul 2013
 
a list of 21 titles
created 27 Sep 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 24 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The World's Fastest Indian (2005)

The World's Fastest Indian (2005) on IMDb 7.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The World's Fastest Indian.

User Polls

10 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Sleeping Dogs (1977)
Action | Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Recluse Smith (Sam Neill) is drawn into a revolutionary struggle between guerillas and right-wingers in New Zealand. Implicated in a murder and framed as a revolutionary conspirator, Smith ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Donaldson
Stars: Sam Neill, Nevan Rowe, Ian Mune
Slipstream (2007)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Aging screenwriter Felix Bonhoeffer has lived his life in two states of existence: in reality and his own interior world. While working on a murder mystery script, and unaware that his brain is on the verge of implosion, Felix is baffled when his characters start to appear in his life, and vice versa.

Director: Anthony Hopkins
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Stella Arroyave, Christian Slater
Smash Palace (1981)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Al Shaw's life revolves around motor racing and his back country junkyard, the "Smash Palace". His French wife, Jacqui, doesn't appreciate the lack of attention due to Al's obsession with ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Donaldson
Stars: Bruno Lawrence, Anna Maria Monticelli, Greer Robson-Kirk
Documentary | Biography | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Convicted gun runner, Las Vegas visionary, crusading newspaper publisher, target of the Watergate burglars, hero of Israels War of Independence...these are only some the highlights of Hank ... See full summary »

Director: Scott Goldstein
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, John Ehrlichman, Barbara Greenspun
Bare Knuckles (2010)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

Can a determined single mom go the distance and win the tournament that could ultimately lead to a better life for her and her daughter?

Director: Eric Etebari
Stars: Jeanette Roxborough, Martin Kove, Louis Mandylor
Thirteen Days (2000)
Drama | History | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A dramatization of President Kennedy's administration's struggle to contain the Cuban Missile Crisis in October of 1962.

Director: Roger Donaldson
Stars: Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood, Shawn Driscoll
White Sands (1992)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A small southwestern town sheriff finds a body in the desert with a suitcase and $500,000. He impersonates the man and stumbles into an FBI investigation.

Director: Roger Donaldson
Stars: Willem Dafoe, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Mickey Rourke
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

28-year-old Kansas University doctoral student Omar Razaghi wins a grant to write a biography of Latin American writer Jules Gund. Omar must get through to three people who were close to ... See full summary »

Director: James Ivory
Stars: Omar Metwally, Anthony Hopkins, Charlotte Gainsbourg
Thriller

A thriller that brings together three different stories from London, Mumbai, and New York as the Dow Jones nears an all time high.

Director: Roger Donaldson
Lawyers (2010)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Roger Donaldson
Stars: Larry Bates, Saffron Burrows, Ron Livingston
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Short subject documentary about land speed record holder Burt Munro. Produced for NZBC.

Director: Roger Donaldson
Stars: Burt Munro
Action | Drama | War

A young German soldier's terrifying experiences and distress on the western front during World War I.

Director: Roger Donaldson
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Based On One Hell Of A True Story See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

| | |

Language:

Release Date:

13 October 2005 (New Zealand)  »

Also Known As:

The World's Fastest Indian  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$5,128,124 (USA) (14 July 2006)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Roger Donaldson:  [using a racing machine on a public road]  In this movie 'Anthony Hopkins (I)'/Burt Munro tests the Indian on a highway. In the opening sequence of Smash Palace (1981), Bruno Lawrence/Al Shaw is seen testing his Formula 5000 race car the same way. See more »

Goofs

Very early in the movie when Burt Munro drives to town to meet Sarah to ask her out, there are parking meters clearly visible outside the building. There were no parking meters in New Zealand in the 60's. See more »

Quotes

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

Connections

Featured in The Making of 'The World's Fastest Indian' (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Kiss Twist
(Craig Hubber)
Used by permission. All rights reserved
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A beautifully simple tale with great vibes and no villains.
3 January 2006 | by (Christhcurch, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

All I knew about this movie going in was that it was the life story of an Ivan Mauger-type motorcyclist whom I'd never heard of; that he was a Southlander; and that Anthony Hopkins was playing the chap - complete with a rolled rrrr's Southland accent. I came away with a feeling similar to when I first saw "Tucker the man & his dream" and "Cool runnings" - A genuine feeling of euphoria that someone whom I ordinarily would have little particular interest in, has accomplished a dream. Roger Donaldson has created a rare cinematic masterpiece with "The world's fastest Indian" - he has crafted a feel-good movie which achieves a "Field of dreams" emotional level with a climax which is deliberately low-key and in keeping with the subject matter. Despite the fact that Burt Munro's efforts set an as-yet unbeaten world record, he was a humble bloke who just went back to his shed at the end of the day to tinker. I loved this movie because it tells a straight-forward tale of someone so fixed on his dream that anyone he comes into contact with simply can't help but do what they can to help him. There are no villains in this movie - except bad luck and circumstance. And the way Munro overcomes adversity is incredibly charming, and an inspiration to anyone. Sir Anthony Hopkins is incredible, as usual. There aren't many actors who could pull off the Antipodean twang and the Southland R-rolling to boot! But Hopkins carries it off almost impeccably. The shimmering cinematography on the Bonneville salt flats is another highlight of this masterpiece, and I think I'm going to have to see it again before it winds up its run at my local cinema to fully appreciate it! (The first time I was too caught up in the agony of Burt's struggle!) This truly is a great flick. Probably not an Oscar winner, but for me, "World's fastest Indian" belongs alongside the aforementioned "Tucker," etc. There's probably not much point in releasing it in the United States - it's not their kind of feel-good movie. But I sure hope Donaldson takes it to Cannes...the Europeans should like it as much as "Whale rider."


103 of 113 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I f'n hated this film greg3
Could have left out the Drag queen don't you think?? kingnitro
worlds most boring movie i_luv_phantom16
Movies similar to this one? andreas-lestander
How was the accent? Neemish
Burt's Speed Record Froomshanker
Discuss The World's Fastest Indian (2005) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?