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On Any Sunday (1971)

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Documentary on motorcycle racing featuring stars of the sport, including film star Steve McQueen, a racer in his own right.


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Credited cast:
Dave Aldana ... Himself - National Racer #38
Mark Brelsford Mark Brelsford ... Himself - National Racer
Bruce Brown ... Narrator
Don Castro Don Castro ... Himself - National Racer
Jack Dunn Jack Dunn ... Himself - Mert Lawwill's Companion
David Evans David Evans ... Himself
Gary Fisher Gary Fisher ... Himself - National Racer #99
John Forker ... Boy Riding Bicycle
Mike Gibbon Mike Gibbon ... Himself - Hillclimber
Frank Gillespie Frank Gillespie ... Himself - National Racer #23
Hawkeye Hillbilly Hawkeye Hillbilly ... Himself - Hillclimber
Mert Lawwill Mert Lawwill ... Himself - National Racer #1
Dick Mann Dick Mann ... Himself - National Racer #2
Whitey Martino Whitey Martino ... Himself - Desert Racer #1
Keith Mashburn Keith Mashburn ... Himself - National Racer #30X


A documentary following the lives of motorcycle racers and racing enthusiasts, including actor Steve McQueen. First asking the question "Why do they do it?" this film looks at the people who devote (and sometimes risk) their lives to racing on tracks and off-road courses around the world. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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From Bruce Brown who made 'Endless Summer' See more »


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Release Date:

28 July 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Motas Infernais See more »


Box Office


$313,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Solar Productions See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Access to the beach for the final scenes in the film (shot at Camp Pendleton, a marine base in California), was originally denied to Bruce Brown, but Steve McQueen intervened and the Pendleton officials then gave permission. See more »


Narrator: [after a desert racer move a turtle out of the trail] Desert racers are nice people.
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On Any Sunday
Lyrics by Sally Stevens
Music by Dominic Frontiere
Sung by Sally Stevens
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On any Sunday still Good Today!!!
21 November 2013 | by ducatimatz28See all my reviews

Although 40+ years old now OAS still holds up well for racing enthusiasts.The Bike that Lawwill was racing;the HD IRON XR750 produced in 1970-71 is only a year older than the ALLOY XR750 first mfg in 1972 and still raced today in AMA GRAND NATIONAL DT RACING in revised format,but essentially the same engine design from 1972.In the complete racing history of HD they have never had a Previous Race bike engine design(i.e.WR,KR,IRON XR)ever go longer than 17 yrs (KR 52-68) The currently raced HD XR is coming upon it's 42nd year in DT Racing...

Keen observers will notice in the final scenes where Mert,Malcohm,and Steve McQueen are playing in the Sand;That Lawwill's motorcycle isn't a Harley Davidson even though the HD gas tank says it is.It was actually a GREEVES CHALLENGER that belonged to a relative of Mert.Being that Lawwill was a fully sponsored Factory HD rider, it wouldn't have been good advertising to be on a non HD product...Still a Great Film!!!

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