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The World's Fastest Indian (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama, Sport  |  13 October 2005 (New Zealand)
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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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$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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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 »

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In the scene in which Burt Munro and the Indian are caught speeding by the state trooper, skid marks created by the cruiser in other takes are clearly visible in at least one shot. See more »

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[first lines]
Burt Munro: [rolling a distance gauge] 93... 94... 95... 96... 97...
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I never thought I would cry
5 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's a good thing I took my wife, because as all men know the only way not to cry is to look over at your wife/girlfriend and make fun of them for crying.

Seriously, I am a motorcycle aficionado but I truly think this movie transcends that. It's not a "guy's film" at all but a serious look at the life of a man that was average by his own reckoning - by ours he's a hero. When you find yourself looking at that and saying "I would have quit" and it was only the beginning of the movie, well, that's some tough stock Burt Munro came from.

And it's not tedious, not an uphill struggle all the way against insurmountable odds, none of those clichés. It's a great movie about a real guy and I can't imagine someone watching it and not being entertained, moved, and frankly, impressed.


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