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The World's Fastest Indian (2005)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, Sport | 24 March 2006 (USA)
The story of New Zealander Burt Munro, who spent years rebuilding a 1920 Indian motorcycle, 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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Biography | Drama | Sport

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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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$400,782 (USA) (3 February 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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When little Tommy is making a peanut butter and bread, the electrical outlet on the kitchen wall above the counter is one of American style, not New Zealand. See more »

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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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You Are My Sunshine
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Surprising gem
24 October 2005 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

I saw this film on a plane - I know, I know, the worst place to see any kind of film - and thought I would just fall asleep as I didn't expect it to catch my interest enough to put up with the bad audio and small screens. In any case I dislike feel-good movies, and all the Kiwi-innovator stuff makes me cringe, Kiwis don't have the monopoly on being resourceful. And I'd never heard of Burt Munro. So I was surprised to find within a few minutes I was entranced.

Anthony Hopkins has made a brilliant job of the role, his accent wasn't too bad, and I loved the way he said "Invercarrrrrrgill". Hopkins' talent really shone - without him saying a word or changing his expression, you just knew how Burt felt when confronted by an apparently insurmountable obstacle (I won't spoil it) and his placid acceptance of the inevitable falls, tumbles and injuries told you that for Burt these were a fact of life. The other cast were also flawless, for me there wasn't a weak point in any of the acting. The humour was delivered in the main by Hopkins and with the lightest possible touch. The cinematography was beautiful and conveyed the journey from long quiet light of Munro's idealism in Invercargill, murky 'orribleness of the necessary evil of passing through LA and laying your dream on the line in the harsh open glare of Utah.

Hopkins has done a few of these slightly-disreputable, love-em-when-you-get-to-know-em characters but this is the best. And I'm not a motorcycle fan, and no Kiwi-made-good fan, but I will confess to a tear (almost) at the end when the text came up about Burt's unbeaten record.

If you watch this film at home you won't want to be disturbed by other people talking - you'll want to catch every word, every nuance.


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