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Encyclopedia > The World's Fastest Indian
The World's Fastest Indian
Directed by Roger Donaldson
Produced by Roger Donaldson
Written by Roger Donaldson
Starring Anthony Hopkins,
Jessica Cauffiel,
Christopher Lawford
Music by J. Peter Robinson
Cinematography David Gribble
Editing by John Gilbert
Distributed by Magnolia Pictures
Release date(s) Flag of New Zealand December 7, 2005
Flag of the United States February 3, 2006
Running time 127 minutes
Language English
Budget $25,000,000
IMDb profile

The World's Fastest Indian (2005), is a film based on the legendary speed bike racer from New Zealand named Burt Munro. Munro set numerous land speed records for motorcycles with engines less than 1000cc at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah in the late 1950s and into the 1960s. Many of his records still stand to this day. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File links Worlds_fastest_indian. ... Roger Donaldson (born November 15, 1945) is an Australian-born New Zealand film producer, director and writer who has made numerous successful movies. ... Roger Donaldson (born November 15, 1945) is an Australian-born New Zealand film producer, director and writer who has made numerous successful movies. ... Roger Donaldson (born November 15, 1945) is an Australian-born New Zealand film producer, director and writer who has made numerous successful movies. ... For the composer, see Antony Hopkins. ... Jessica Cauffiel (born March 30, 1976) is an American film and television actress. ... Christopher Lawford (born March 29, 1955), a nephew of John F. Kennedy, cousin-in-law of Arnold Schwarzenegger (appearing in two of his films, including Terminator 3), son of Peter Lawford and Patricia Kennedy Lawford, is a Hollywood actor. ... John Gilbert may refer to several people: John Gilbert (actor) John Gilbert (naturalist) John Gilbert (painter) John William Gilbert (British, Labour Party politician) John Gilbert (Canadian politician) (NDP) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Magnolia Pictures is an American film distributor, and is a holding of 2929 Entertainment, owned by Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Zealand. ... is the 341st day of the year (342nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 34th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1920 Indian (with half the exterior removed to show detail) that Burt Munro used to set his record in 1967 Herbert James Munro (25 March 1899 Invercargill, New Zealand – 6 January 1978 in Invercargill) set the under-1000 cc world motorcycle land speed record, which still stands, in 1967... Bonneville Salt Flats The Bonneville Salt Flats are a 121 km² (47 mi²) salt flat in northwestern Utah. ...


The film stars Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins and was written and directed by Roger Donaldson. The film opened in December of 2005 to positive reviews [1] and quickly became the highest grossing local film at the New Zealand box-office taking in $7,043,000;[2] and taking in over $11 million overseas [1]. Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... For the composer, see Antony Hopkins. ... Roger Donaldson (born November 15, 1945) is an Australian-born New Zealand film producer, director and writer who has made numerous successful movies. ... Look up December in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Contents

Synopsis

Burt Munro is a 67-year-old New Zealander who is obsessed with speed. Being a elderly man who lives in a bike shed with no partner, he spends every moment of his day modifying his beloved Indian motorcycle, and at some point racing it against a local biker gang. Burt is loved in his community for his friendly and charming personality; and for having been featured in Popular Mechanics magazine for having the fastest motorcycle in Australia and New Zealand. However, that recognition is contrasted by his exasperated neighbors, who are fed up with his un-neighbourly habits: like urinating on his lemon tree (which in real life would not have a hope of growing in Invercargill where the film is set on account of the local climate) every morning, neglecting his yardwork, and most of all waking up before sunrise to rev his bike. The movie's plot revolves primarily around Burt attempting to follow his dream of setting a new land speed record with his Indian at the Bonneville Speedway near Wendover, Utah. The 1920 Indian (with half the exterior removed to show detail) that Burt Munro used to set his record in 1967 Herbert James Munro (25 March 1899 Invercargill, New Zealand – 6 January 1978 in Invercargill) set the under-1000 cc world motorcycle land speed record, which still stands, in 1967... The Indian Motocycle Manufacturing Company was a motorcycle manufacturer in Springfield, Massachusetts. ... The adolescent Internet. ... This article is about the fruit. ... Cnr of Esk and Dee Streets, looking up Esk st, one of the main shopping streets of Invercargill. ... A land speed record being set at Bonneville Salt Flats Bonneville Speedway is an area of the Bonneville Salt Flats near Wendover, Utah, that is marked out for motor sports. ... Wendover is a city located in Tooele County, Utah. ...


Right before Burt is scheduled to start his journey to the United States, he is diagnosed with angina, and told that his racing days are over. For 25 years he has dreamt of going to Bonneville and racing his Indian, so he ignores his doctor's advice to stay at home. Burt leaves for the United States, with everybody doubting his ability at success of setting a new land speed record; everybody except Tom, the young boy who lives next door to Burt. angina tonsillaris see tonsillitis. ...


Burt arrives in Los Angeles and is instantly met with scrutiny and doubt. He is criticized for being too old to race and meets many challenges. Befriending a transvestite named Tina, she assists him in buying a car. The car salesman allows Burt to use his shop to make a trailer for his Indian. Burt then starts his long trip to Utah. Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ...


Burt meets many people along the way, including a Native American man named Jake, who gives him crushed dog testicles to help him with his failing prostate. Other people he meets include a woman named Ada who helps him repair his trailer when it breaks, and an Air Force pilot who is on a leave from his military service in Vietnam. This article is about the people indigenous to the United States. ... Male Anatomy The prostate is a gland that is part of male mammalian sex organs. ... An air force, in some countries called an air army, is a military or armed service that primarily conducts aerial warfare. ...


Burt arrives at Bonneville in time for Speed Week, but is initially denied the ability to run because he has failed to register his Indian in advance. To top it off, his bike, being over 40 years old, miserably fails to pass the technical and safety inspections. After much coaxing, and an observed trial run, Burt is allowed to compete. During his official run, Burt sets a new record when his bike is clocked at over 200 mph. Burt then calls Tom to proudly announce that his bike is "The World's Fastest Indian".


Cast

Actor Role
Anthony Hopkins Burt Munro
Jessica Cauffiel Wendy
Joe Howard Otto
Christopher Lawford Jim Enz
Annie Whittle Fran
Mick Rose Brian
Anthony Starr Jeff
Aaron James Murphy Tom

For the composer, see Antony Hopkins. ... Jessica Cauffiel (born March 30, 1976) is an American film and television actress. ... Christopher Lawford (born March 29, 1955), a nephew of John F. Kennedy, cousin-in-law of Arnold Schwarzenegger (appearing in two of his films, including Terminator 3), son of Peter Lawford and Patricia Kennedy Lawford, is a Hollywood actor. ... Annie Whittle is a New Zealand singer and actress who has appeared on such shows as Shortland Street and has had a singing career that has spanned three decades. ... Aaron James Murphy is a film and TV actor. ...

Release

Awards

The Australian Cinematographers Society awarded NSW based DoP David Gribble ACS the 2007 Milli Award for Australian Cinematographer of the Year for Cinematography on this film The Australian Cinematographers Society was established to— * Further the advancement of cinematography in all fields and give due recognition to the outstanding work performed by Australian cinematographers. ... David Gribble ACS Australian Cinematographer (NSW Based) & Director of Photography Some of David’s DOP Feature credits include: The Worlds Fastest Indian (2006), Nowhere to Run (1993), Fires Within (1991), Cadillac Man (1990), Tap (1989), Fast Talking (1984), Monkey Grip (1982), Running on Empty (1982), The Best of Friends...


Miscellanea

  • Director Roger Donaldson had been working on this movie for over 20 years before he started filming it.
  • Donaldson decided to do this film after he had met Munro and had filmed a documentary about him.
  • Munro was never known to befriend a boy next door, but the character Tom who befriended Munro and believed in him was intended to be representation of Donaldson when he knew Munro from years earlier.
  • Tim Shadbolt, who played Frank in the movie, is the current mayor of Invercargill City and well known amongst New Zealanders for his smile and enthusiastic approach to seemingly everything.
  • Many of the props used for filming were actually owned by Munro, including all the exploded pistons and the piston mold that Hopkins uses for a scene in the film. These are on display at the Southland Museum.
  • Hopkins stated that Munro was one of the easiest roles that he has ever played in his career, simply because Munro's view on life was not all that different from his own.
  • The empty section used as the site of Burt Munro's workshop was the headquarters for the Black Power gang during the nineties until the house burnt down in 1998.

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Fact vs. fiction

The film takes several historical liberties:

  • The historical Munro married Florence Beryl Martyn in 1927, whom he later divorced. The couple had four children together. However, no mention is made of children in the film, but it is implied that he was married and either estranged or divorced.
  • Munro in the film recalls the death of a twin brother named Ernie, who died when a tree fell on him. However, the historical Munro had an older brother who was killed when a tree fell on him. Munro also had a stillborn twin sister.
  • The historical Munro had set numerous speed records in New Zealand during the late 1930s through the early 1970s. However, these records are only implied in the film.
  • The Bonneville run in the film is a composite of several runs Munro made, the first in 1956. In 1962 at Bonneville, he set the record of 178.971 MPH.
  • Munro's fastest complete run at Bonneville was 190.07 MPH. He never set a record of 201 MPH at Bonneville as the film portrays, but did reach 205.67 MPH on an incompleted run, which he unfortunately crashed on.[3]
  • Munro was never known to urinate on his lemon tree; film director Roger Donaldson added that detail as a tribute to his own father, who did.
  • Invercargill, Burt Munro's hometown in New Zealand, has a climate comparable to Scotland and there is no realistic likelihood that a lemon tree could possibly be grown there unless in a greenhouse, although a few northern parts of New Zealand have climates warm enough for such crops.

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Footnotes

  1. ^ http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/worlds_fastest_indian/
  2. ^ New Zealand box office Top 10
  3. ^ http://www.indianmotorbikes.com/features/munro/munro.htm

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