World's Fastest IndianDirector: Roger Donaldson
The true story of a man who never gave up on his dreams of doing something big -- and doing it very, very fast -- provides the basis for this engaging comedy drama. Burt Munro (Anthony Hopkins) was born in 1899 in Invercargill, New Zealand. From childhood, Munro had a passion for machines that moved fast, and when he was 21 he bought his first motorcycle, an Indian model with a 600 cc engine. Motorcycles became an obsession that stayed with Munro for the rest of his life, as he constantly tinkered with his beloved Indian machine, modifying the engine and frame, determined to see just how fast he could make it run. In 1967, Munro decided it was high time he proved to himself and the world just what he and his machine could do, and he booked passage for the United States, with the goal of breaking the world's land speed record at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats. As Munro made his way across America to Utah, he discovered not everyone took his dream seriously, but some did, and he made a handful of friends along the way, including Ada (Diane Ladd), a widow who fell for Munro's rough charm, and Fernando (Paul Rodriguez), a car dealer who offered to help him. However, when he finally arrived at Bonneville, Munro was told his machine was unsafe to participate in the time trials, and -- far worse -- he was too old to ride. It took some intervention from a ranking American driver, Jim Moffett (Chris Lawford), before Munro was given his chance to ride the famous Salt Flats. The World's Fastest Indian was written and directed by Roger Donaldson, who early in his career made a documentary about the real Burt Munro, Offerings to the Gods of Speed.
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Cast & Crew
|Anthony Hopkins||Burt Munro|
|Chris Bruno||Bob Higby|
|Walton Goggins||Marty Dickerson|
|Joe Howard||Otto Donner|
|Christopher Lawford||Jim Moffet|
|William Lucking||Rolly Free|
|Douglas Cameron||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Nancy Cavallaro||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Masaki Fukasawa||Executive Producer|
|Robert Gillies||Production Designer|
|Charles Hannah||Executive Producer|
|Jane Holland||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Masaharu Inaba||Executive Producer|
|Satoru Iseki||Executive Producer|
|Barrie M. Osborne||Executive Producer|
|J. Peter Robinson||Score Composer|
|Dennis Washington||Production Designer|
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I rode my motorcycle 270+ miles round trip in freezing weather to see WFI in Atlanta before it's wide release. It was worth the trip! As I waited for the previous audience to exit the theatre, an older lady that had seen the film advised me that I would laugh, cry and cheer before the film was over. She was right! If you've ever chased a dream, you'll understand Mr. Munro's obsession. If you haven't, you may come away inspired. It's a feel-good movie to share with a friend, even if they don't ride a motorbike!
This film is too good to be true...but it mostly is. Every minute is a treasure.
This is one of the best films I've ever seen. It tells a remarkable story in a remarkable way. There are several times when liberal Hollywood could have used scenes to make a statement forwarding one of their agendas and they didn't do it. I would have loved to have met the guy, and after seeing the movie you'll understand why. Anthony Hopkins plays the role as well it could be played. He immersed himself in this role, and enjoyed doing it. Even if you hate motorcycles, you will still enjoy this movie.
This movie is great for all ages. It is a story about an old guy that builds motorcycles to race. He is from Australia and wants to go the the United States to test run his motorcycle on the salt flats. His journey to his destination in American is filled with laughter, mishaps and adventure. It's a must see.