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The World's Fastest Indian  (Region 1) (NTSC) [DVD]
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A movie that exudes affection and goodwill, The World's Fastest Indian is an unabashed mash note to a lovely character from New Zealand's recent past. Burt Munro, played by Anthony Hopkins, is a cantankerous Kiwi with an obsession: he's been tinkering with his 1920s-era Indian brand motorcycle for years, pushing it to ever-faster speeds. It's the 1960s, and Burt has the utterly mad idea of taking the bike to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, site of world records for speed racing. The movie takes a while to get to the journey--and then the journey takes a while--but the genial atmosphere prevails. (People of a certain age, for whom the word "Bonneville" evokes pleasant associations with hotrods and world-speed records, will not be disappointed in the film's location shooting, or its sense of awe.) Hopkins is not quite on-the-money casting for the jovial, happy-go-lucky Munro, and his accent wavers, but he nails the emotional scenes and the fascination with speed. Smaller bits are well-filled by Diane Ladd and Christopher Lawford (son of Peter), who looks uncannily of the era. New Zealand director Roger Donaldson doesn't take any chances here, but the story clearly means something to him, and that sense of commitment carries the film through its sleepier moments. --Robert Horton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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There are many reasons why this film is great. Firstly, the "true" story of Kiwi Burt Monro - one of life's innocents, dropping all and heading off to the Salt Lake flats, is really an inspiring and moving one. I suspect that the incidents that happened on his journey have been dreamt up for the film, but we can forgive them for it. As a racer myself, I recognised the atmosphere there is at an event, with all the signing on, scruitineering, the adrenalin, the people etc.
Secondly, the script is very good. Burt Monro has some wonderful one liners, and the many characters that greet him on his long journey are interesting and show us more about Monro's character each time. This is the kind of film where you know the ending, but it's the journey and the small details that make it a delight.
Thirdly, the locations are awesome. I love road movies that travel the beautiful locations of America, and here you get the fantastic vistas, but of course with Burt pounding through them on his motorbike. The direction and the music, the thematic material and the shot in the arm the film gives you is really something - and there's one final element to congratulate for it...
Anthony Hopkins. Since his big Hollywood break Hopkins was on a roll. Then he started drifting towards the typical Hollywood roles that didn't suit his talents.Read more ›
For once the Americans were not the stars and history was not being rewritten. Anthony Hopkins plays the part of a real man who had great asperations and an almost niave belief in the goodness of people, an attitude which helped him to achieve his goal after a series of setbacks that would have daunted most folk.
In a word, brilliant. I can't wait to see it again on DVD.
Am I glad I did. This is a real gem. The story of Burt Munro and his dream to time trial his old bike on the Utah salt flats.
What makes the story, is the charm of old Burt (Anthony Hopkins) and the relationships he forges on the way to making his dream come true.
What I would call a real old fashioned type of movie.
Kept my two teenagers captivated for it's duration, and my daughter runs a mile at car or bike programmes on the tv.
Take a chance and watch this. You'll not regret it.
A fine cast throughout but Hopkins steals the film. I have never seen him perform better than this: superb acting and great direction make this a very moving film - it had me in tears anyway.
Buy it and watch it. Then buy one for christmas for all your friends.
Anthony Hopkins is superb, his acting is on a par with his performance in Shadowlands, which I thought at the time he couldn't surpass
What an uplifting film, it bought a tear to my eye. It makes me wish I could have met Burt Munro, what a character he must have been. A film that can be watched over and over again and one that I think most generations would enjoy.
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absolutely brilliant film, I would recommend this film to any Motorcycle fans.Published 7 days ago by John Howard
Having lived in NZ this was a must for the household. Based on motorbikes.Published 9 days ago by M J MCMILLAN
Really lovely film. The whole family thoroughly enjoyed it. A proper 'feel good' film!Published 15 days ago by Miss Samantha E Hall
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This film is a cracker I am not sure why its not so well known, good story brilliant actors. Well worth watching
Omg a must see humour and very moving touching film based on a true story fabulous ten out of tenPublished 25 days ago by skarlet kray
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