Sunday, November 8, 2009

The World's Fastest Indian (2005 Magnolia Pictures)

It's not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or when the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena.

- President Theodore Roosevelt

Special thanks to Nanc for this movie suggestion!

Where do you go to make your dreams come true?

I mean...where?



Great Britain?



America. The good ol' US of A. That's what New Zealander Burt Munro did, and guess what? It's a true story! Here's the review from IMDb...

For 25 years in Invercargill at the south end of New Zealand, Burt Munro (1899-1978) has been working on increasing the speed of his motorcycle, a 1920 Indian. He dreams of taking it to the Bonneville Salt Flats to see how fast it will go. By the early 1960s, heart disease threatens his life, so he mortgages his house and takes a boat to Los Angeles, buys an old car, builds a makeshift trailer, gets the Indian through customs, and heads for Utah. Along the way, people he meets are charmed by his open, direct friendliness. If he makes it to Bonneville, will they let an old guy on the flats with makeshift tires, no brakes, and no chute? And will the Indian actually respond?

Munro meets some interesting people in the United States, some good and some not. But eventually his the movie!


kevin said...

I've seen it, 5 stars.

nanc said...

This is in our top ten favorite family movies - Love the entire thing - that and every time I look at Anthony Hopkins, my late dad comes to my mind and heart - when we were young, he had a Maico "Scrambler" he just fussed over.