World's Fastest Indian

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Special Features

Southland: Burt's Hometown of Invercargill; The Making of "The World's Fastest Indian"; Feature Commentary With Writer/Director Roger Donaldson; Deleted Scenes.; Bonus Film: The Original Documentary (1971) - "Offerings to the God of Speed" Featuring Historical Footage of the Real Munro (Also Directed by Roger Donaldson)
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Editorial Reviews

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For a film that celebrates speed, The World's Fastest Indian certainly doesn't move very quickly. At least 30 minutes could have been chopped from the meandering true story of Burt Munro's 1967 attempt to break the land speed record with his Indian motorcycle. Roger Donaldson's film observes the following school of thought: If you don't see Burt brush his teeth, can you really be sure they got brushed? The movie's engine warms up nicely in Burt's New Zealand home, where there's plenty of local character to contextualize this senior-citizen speed fetishist and his tendency to flout convention. But once Burt goes to America, that Kiwi charm is gone, mostly because Anthony Hopkins can't transplant it there himself. Despite peppering his speech with the words "mate" and "crikey," Hopkins sounds more Scottish or even Irish than he does anything else. This isn't to say Hopkins' Burt isn't extremely likable -- he is, and that's what makes The World's Fastest Indian come across favorably as a pleasant little diversion, rather than the tension-free dramatic failure it actually is. Still, this pleasantry steadily begins to suffocate, as Burt meets and spends about five minutes of screen time with one helpful American after another, addressing challenges that turn out to be nothing but minor hiccups. He's shaken down by an immigrant cabbie and a Sunset Boulevard flower saleswoman, but otherwise, numerous nice people bend over backward for this determined old SOB from halfway across the world, and that just seems too easy. What's missing is a palpable sense of why going fast is important to Burt, how he developed his passion for mechanics and racing, and the details of his previous attempts at setting records, of which there were several. In a two-hour film, that could have easily been wrenched in.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/13/2007
  • UPC: 876964000710
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: Magnolia
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 2:07:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 20,417

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Hopkins Burt Munro
Diane Ladd Ada
Paul Rodriguez Fernando
Aaron Murphy Tom
Annie Whittle Fran
Chris Bruno Bob Higby
Carlos Lacamara Cabbie
Jessica Cauffiel Wendy
Patrick Flueger Rusty
Walton Goggins Marty Dickerson
Bruce Greenwood Jerry
Joe Howard Otto Donner
Christopher Lawford Jim Moffet
Gavin Grazer Mike
William Lucking Rolly Free
Eric Pierpoint Earl
Laurel Moglen Ali
Chris Williams Tina
Brian Clark Cop
Technical Credits
Roger Donaldson Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Douglas Cameron Sound/Sound Designer
Nancy Cavallaro Costumes/Costume Designer
Dianne Crittenden Casting
Masaki Fukasawa Executive Producer
John Gilbert Editor
Robert Gillies Production Designer
David Gribble Cinematographer
Charles Hannah Executive Producer
Gary Hannam Producer
Jane Holland Costumes/Costume Designer
Masaharu Inaba Executive Producer
Satoru Iseki Executive Producer
John Kelly Co-producer
Barrie M. Osborne Executive Producer
J. Peter Robinson Score Composer
Diana Rowan Casting
Dennis Washington Production Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- World's Fastest Indian
1. Wake Up Call
2. Cause for Celebration
3. Doctor's Orders?
4. Bonneville Bound
5. Sunset Strip
6. A Favor
7. His Motorcycle
8. New Friend
9. Traveling Soldier
10. The Speedway
11. Rules and Regulations
12. Not Finished Yet
13. Bending the Rules
14. Souvenirs
15. Special Gift
16. Now or Never
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Menu

Disc #1 -- World's Fastest Indian
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   Special Features
      Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Roger Donaldson
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      The Making of World's Fastest Indian
      Deleted Scenes
         Grantsville County Clinic
         You Crazy or Something?
         Filler-Up
         Be Happy the Way You Are
         Play All
      Burt Munro: Offerings to the God of Speed
      Southland: Burt's Hometown of Invercargill
      Soundtrack Promo
      Coming Soon to Blu-ray Disc
         The Lost City
         District 13
   Set Up
      Audio
         English 5.1 DTS-HD
         English 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best film in a long time

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Should be an award winner, if there is any justice in the world.

    This film is too good to be true...but it mostly is. Every minute is a treasure.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worth the ride

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The World's Fastest Indian

    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.

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