Saturday, March 25, 2006

Film - The World's Fastest Indian


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Old eccentric Burt Munro decides to travel to the Bonneville Salt Flats to set the land speed record for his 1920 Indian motorcycle in 1962. He's next to being broke and has a heart condition. He's also bit of a loon with his habit urinating every morning on his lemon tree and failing to mow his lawn so that his yard resembles a patch of prairie grass.

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Munro's 1920 Indian Scout motorcycle was supposed to only reach a top speed of around 55 mph. He owned it for 57 years, until his death in 1977 at the age of 78. He made it up to around 206 mph! Read more about Burt Munro here.

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Burt Munro

Anthony Hopkins is superb as the hard of hearing but full-of-heart Munro. Like so many other quality low budge films these days, the acting is solid and the story draws you in and keeps you focused until the end. It's nice to see a film about overcoming setbacks, perseverance, and winning friends and respect along the way. A film the whole family can enjoy, whether or not you are into motorcycles or racing.

While the bike isn't much to look at, in the film, it performs like a missile on wheels.

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Based on a true story.

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