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The World's Fastest Indian

  • Drama
  • Sport
  • 2005
  • Roger Donaldson
  • 121 mins
  • 12A

Summary

True-story adventure starring Anthony Hopkins and Diane Ladd. 1967: after a lifetime of perfecting his classic Indian Twin Scout motorcycle, ageing New Zealander Burt Munro travels to America in pursuit of his ultimate quest - to make his bike the fastest on Earth. Following an eventful road trip to Utah, the plucky pensioner gets the opportunity to fulfil his dream.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

Credits

Cast

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Burt MunroAnthony Hopkins
AdaDiane Ladd
TomAaron Murphy
FernandoPaul Rodriguez
FranAnnie Whittle
TinaChris Williams
Jim MoffetChristopher Lawford
Otto DonnerJoe Howard
DuncanGreg Johnson
SarahTessa Mitchell
RustyPatrick Flueger

Crew

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DirectorRoger Donaldson

Details

Theatrical distributor
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Released on
2006-03-10
Languages
English
Guidance
Edited for language, drug references.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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