The World's Fastest Indian
The World's Fastest Indian

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- 69/100 based on 29,924 votes
  • Released: 2005
  • Runtime: 127 mins
  • Director: Roger Donaldson
  • Studio: New Zealand Film Commission
  • Genres: Drama

For 25 years in Invercargill at the south end of New Zealand, Burt Munro (1899-1978) has been working on increasing the speed of his motorcycle, a 1920 Indian. He dreams of taking it to the Bonneville Salt Flats to see how fast it will go. By the early 1960s, heart disease threatens his life, so he mortgages his house and takes a boat to Los Angeles, buys an old car, builds a makeshift trailer, gets the Indian through customs, and heads for Utah. Along the way, people he meet... (Full plot summary below)

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For 25 years in Invercargill at the south end of New Zealand, Burt Munro (1899-1978) has been working on increasing the speed of his motorcycle, a 1920 Indian. He dreams of taking it to the Bonneville Salt Flats to see how fast it will go. By the early 1960s, heart disease threatens his life, so he mortgages his house and takes a boat to Los Angeles, buys an old car, builds a makeshift trailer, gets the Indian through customs, and heads for Utah. Along the way, people he meets are charmed by his open, direct friendliness. If he makes it to Bonneville, will they let an old guy on the flats with makeshift tires, no brakes, and no chute? And will the Indian actually respond? Written by <[email protected]

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Seattle Post-Intelligencer - 9/10 by William Arnold It's a low-key, subtly inspirational drama that builds its charm slowly but surely.
TV Guide Magazine - 9/10 by Ken Fox Rarely do movies portray the elderly with such admiration and respect.
Chicago Tribune - 9/10 by Michael Wilmington Fast, funny, big-hearted.
San Francisco Chronicle - 8/10 by Mick LaSalle The World's Fastest Indian might be the world's worst title for a charming, slice-of-life biopic.
Empire - 8/10 by Miles Fiedler A wonderfully uplifting and charming biopic that's sure to win over all but the most mean-spirited. And the motorbike races really rocket, too.
New York Post - 8/10 by Lou Lumenick Hopkins' larger-than-life performance as the crusty and crafty Burt rivets your attention for two solid hours in this most entertaining labor of love.
Chicago Sun-Times - 8/10 by Roger Ebert This is one of Anthony Hopkins' most endearing, least showy performances.
Christian Science Monitor - 8/10 by Peter Rainer This film would be better if it wasn't so slick. Still, parts of it are enjoyably shaggy, and Hopkins is very endearing.
Premiere - 8/10 by Jessica Letkemann A sweet, watchable little film.
ReelViews - 8/10 by James Berardinelli Does what it sets out to do: educates about a mostly unknown historical figure (without doctoring the facts too much), entertains, and uplifts.
Philadelphia Inquirer - 8/10 by Steven Rea It's giving nothing away to say that Munro makes it to Bonneville, and breaks the record - which apparently still stands - on his two-wheel contraption.
Baltimore Sun - 8/10 by Michael Sragow Both handmade and souped-up, it beautifully renders two types of camaraderie: the bonds among eccentrics and the fellowship of speed.

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