The World's Fastest Indian

Released 2005


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Roger Donaldson

The World's Fastest Indian is a 2005 New Zealand film based on the real life experiences of speed bike racer Burt Monro, from Invercargill and his highly modified Indian Scout Motorcycle. The film starred Anthony Hopkins as Burt and was directed by Roger Donaldson. It is set in 1967 when Burt broke land speed records at 67 years old, zooming his bike across Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats. The film starts with Burt a local hero in his hometown for being featured in Popular Mechanics for having the fastest motorcycle in New Zealand and Australia. He travels by ship to the United States to compete in the Bonneville Speed Week in Utah. Along the way he meets and befriends a variety of interesting characters, only to be turned down at the race for not having registered his bike in advance. However various other competitors in the race intervene, and Burt is allowed to make a timed run. While speeding through the 8th mile he goes over 200 miles per hour, but falls over, burning his leg with the exhaust. However he has succeeded and set a new land speed record! The film came out to positive reviews and became the highest grossing local film at the New Zealand box office that year.



Metacritic Score

  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    This is a film that wears a smile button on its sleeve along with its happy heart. It believes that most people are absolutely wonderful, and it is well enough made so that a dusti...

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Crust

    Based on the real-life exploits of Munro, it's a boilerplate fish-out-of-water/road trip/underdog sports movie -- but it's a heck of a ride with Hopkins leading the way.

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Sometimes shticky biopic overcomes its cornball conventionality to become a genial entertainment, thanks to Anthony Hopkins' exceptionally engaging performance.

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Drama, Sports


Independent, Biography, Motorcycle Sports, Motorcross