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The World's Fastest Indian

  PG-13

Roger Donaldson

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Plot Summary

The true story of a man who never gave up on his dreams of doing something big — and doing it very, very fast — provides the basis for this engaging comedy drama. Burt Munro (Anthony Hopkins) was born in 1899 in Invercargill, New Zealand. From childhood, Munro had a passion for machines that moved fast, and when he was 21 he bought his first motorcycle, an Indian model with a 600 cc engine. Motorcycles became an obsession that stayed with Munro for the rest of his life, as he constantly tinkered with his beloved Indian machine, modifying the engine and frame, determined to see just how fast he could make it run. In 1967, Munro decided it was high time he proved to himself and the world just what he and his machine could do, and he booked passage for the United States, with the goal of breaking the world's land speed record at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats. As Munro made his way across America to Utah, he discovered not everyone took his dream seriously, but some did, and he made a handful of friends along the way, including Ada (Diane Ladd), a widow who fell for Munro's rough charm, and Fernando (Paul Rodriguez), a car dealer who offered to help him. However, when he finally arrived at Bonneville, Munro was told his machine was unsafe to participate in the time trials, and — far worse — he was too old to ride. It took some intervention from a ranking American driver, Jim Moffett (Chris Lawford), before Munro was given his chance to ride the famous Salt Flats. The World's Fastest Indian was written and directed by Roger Donaldson, who early in his career made a documentary about the real Burt Munro, Offerings to the Gods of Speed.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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82%
  • Reviews Counted: 139
  • Fresh: 114
  • Rotten: 25
  • Average Rating: 6.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The World's Fastest Indian might be the world's worst title for a charming, slice-of-life biopic starring Anthony Hopkins. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: History dictates that you know how the story ends. Still, the heart beats no less fast when you watch Munro's Indian rocketing across those salt flats. You can see how it might be enough to justify a journey halfway around the world. – Janice Page, Boston Globe, Nov 24, 2011

Fresh: This compelling fact-based story is [Donaldson's] best effort in years. – Joshua Katzman, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Judging by the movie, you might admire Munro's achievement but probably wouldn't have wanted him for a neighbor. – Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Very Good Movie

If your a motorcycle guy or any kind of racer, you will love this movie.

A feel-good movie

In the sea of action movies, gory horror and over-the-top comedies, it's nice to see a sincere film that warms your heart. A story about never giving up and going after your dreams no matter what the obstacles, World's Fastest Indian is a fun, "feel-good" ride for everyone. 4.5 stars

Amazing!!!

This is one of my favorite movies! Hopkins is genius in this role and really brings Burt Munro to life! He very accurately portrays the wily and infinitely determined nature of Burt. And i just have to say that being a car guy and just all around speed freak myself that this really is an accurate depiction of what Burt did, he is one of my hero's and it just goes to show that with a little know how, alot of luck and an unlimited amount of belief and desire that you can accomplish anything you want even with the world spitting in your face!!

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