The World's Fastest Indian (2005)
IMDb Rating 8.1
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Anthony Hopkins Burt Munro
Saginaw Grant Jake
Diane Ladd Ada
Walton Goggins Marty Dickerson
Christopher Lawford Jim
William Lucking Rolly Free
Aaron Murphy Tom
Laurel Moglen Ali
Paul Rodriguez Fernando
Jessica Cauffiel Wendy
Bruce Greenwood
Aaron Murphy (II)
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
Movie Details
Genre Adventure; Biography; Drama; Sport
Director Roger Donaldson
Producer Roger Donaldson; Gary Hannam
Writer Roger Donaldson
Studio Magnolia Home Entertainment
Country New Zealand
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13
Running Time 127 mins
Movie Release Date 12/7/2005
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It Yes
Index 644
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 6/19/2006
Product Details
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.78:1 Color
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 876964000260
Release Date 6/13/2006
Subtitles Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra 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: Offerings to the God of Speed
Original 1971 documentary featuring historical footage of the real Burt Munro (Also directed by Roger Donaldson).
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