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The World’s Fastest Indian


worldsfastestindianIn 1972, director Roger Donaldson made a short TV documentary about Burt Munro, the colorful New Zealand motorcyclist who decided in 1967 (at the age of 68) to travel to Utahā€™s Bonneville Salt Flats with his Indian and set a land-speed world record. The story has remained with Donaldson and this is his loving, sweet and entertaining feature film portrayal of Munro and his quest. Itā€™s an uplifting experience, not least thanks to Anthony Hopkinsā€™s performance. Showing that heā€™s still got it in him, he is riveting as an old man who has one amusing encounter after the other on his way to Utah.

2005-U.S.-New Zealand. 126 min. Color. Widescreen.Ā Produced byĀ Roger Donaldson, Gary Hannam.Ā Written and directed byĀ Roger Donaldson.Ā Cast:Ā Anthony Hopkins (Burt Munro), Diana Ladd (Ada), Paul Rodriguez (Fernando), Aaron Murphy, Annie Whittle, Chris Williamsā€¦ Bruce Greenwood.

Last word: “After Iā€™d finished my last film ā€˜The Recruitā€™, I thought ‘I’ve been talking about this movie and thinking about it for years and years, why don’t I pull it out one last time. Either get on with it or move on?’ What I realised was that the real character was a solo individual who really was on this quest and that his relationship was with his motorbike as much as it was with any person.Ā Anthony Hopkins and I were talking about another project that didn’t happen and it just, it came to me that, you know, Anthony, while he was younger than the character as I wanted him to be, was suddenly, could be a great choice and I sent him the script and the documentary. Anyway, Anthony called me back and in speaking in Burt’s dialect, you know, he’s like, ‘Yeah, Rog, I guess we better do this, eh?'” (Donaldson, ABC)

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