The World's Fastest Indian

The World's Fastest Indian

Roger Donaldson (2005)

12A Certificate
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Our Score
The milk of human kindness flows freely in this uplifting biopic from writer/director Roger Donaldson. Centring on an endearingly eccentric performance from Anthony Hopkins, it's an inspirational portrait of ageing New Zealander Burt Munro who, in 1967, followed his dreams and became a motorcycle legend. After a lifetime of perfecting his classic Indian Twin Scout bike, the plucky pensioner travelled to the US, where he set a still unbroken, world land-speed record on Utah's famous Bonneville Salt Flats. Unusually for modern cinema, the film is devoid of cynicism - remaining as open-hearted as its protagonist and the colourful characters he encounters. From the cross-dressing motel receptionist to a lonely widow (Diane Ladd), both Donaldson and Munro see only their positive sides. Older viewers in particular will be charmed by the traditional values the picture extols, while the cheeky comic edge and exciting racing sequences offset any feelings that it's all just rose-tinted nostalgia.


A pensioner motorbike enthusiast travels from New Zealand to the salt flats of Utah in the hope of getting a chance to break the world land-speed record on his vintage Indian Scout. However, he encounters many obstacles, since not everyone he meets on his journey shares his passion and optimism. Fact-based drama, starring Anthony Hopkins, Diane Ladd and Paul Rodriguez.

Cast & Crew

Burt Munro Anthony Hopkins
Ada Diane Ladd
Tom Aaron Murphy
Fernando Paul Rodriguez
Fran Annie Whittle
Tina Chris Williams
Jim Moffet Christopher Lawford
Otto Donner Joe Howard
Duncan Greg Johnson
Sarah Tessa Mitchell
Rusty Patrick Flueger
Director Roger Donaldson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: IconGuidance: Edited for language, drug references.Available on: DVDReleased on: 10 Mar 2006