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World’s Fastest Indian, The - 13/1/2006 11:55:26 AM   
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RE: World’s Fastest Indian, The - 2/3/2006 9:28:35 AM   
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When I saw the title I was intrigued.......was it about an athlete, a curry eating contest.....what?

But it sounds an interesting film and with Anthony Hopkins in, it should be good.

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RE: World’s Fastest Indian, The - 2/3/2006 11:20:17 AM   
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1967. Burt Munro (Anthony Hopkins) has a dream. To race his bike at the speed trials at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats. For twenty years he has painstakenly rebuilt his 1920 Indian, living in a shed and annoying the neighbours with his early morning work effics.

The opportunity comes and an incredible journey begins, from the small town in New Zealand where he lives, to the bright lights of Hollywood and the dusty backroads of America. Along the way meeting a collection of colourful characters all taken in by Burt's naive charm. But will Burt ever get there, and will he be able to live his dream to the full?

Roger Donaldson, the man responsible for such films as Dante's Peak, Cocktail and Species, gives us a delightful smaller picture with this true story. Anthony Hopkins, donning a Kiwi accent, is astonishingly likeable as the aging biker. He makes you transfixed to the screen, giving us a character full of charm and grace, you just can't help but want him to succeed. It's this performance alone that should make you want to see this film.

The nice thing about this movie is that it could quite easily be over sentimental and have entered into the Rocky realms of the underdog's attempt to win, but never once do you feel that the emotions are forced upon you. You genuinely feel for Burt. He's like a kindly old granddad that you enjoy spending time with, listening to his stories of the past. Well this is one granddad I recommend you go visit. A positively charming, delightful and heart-warming movie with some great motorcycle shots and an even greater story.

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Captures the essence of riding a bike at speed... - 12/3/2006 9:40:42 AM   
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Great film. Slightly slow start but picks up speed as it goes along, rather like the bike itself. Fundamentally an optimistic film - even when the expected bad guys show up they're really OK. Nice change from the gloom and angst of most serious films. Realistic and uplifting - and you'll be cheering Burt on through some frightening stuff - just like everyone who was there on the day!

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world's fastest indian - 13/3/2006 5:14:30 AM   
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Enjoyed this movie very much.

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THE WORLD'S FASTEST INDIAN - 5/5/2006 8:43:14 PM   
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Blew me away. An impressive story about Burt Munro and his amazing bike. Although, I felt a bit insulted at his accent (he soundes a mix of scottish and Australian), but that didn't get in the way of the marvellous story.

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Worlds Fastest Indian - 22/8/2006 12:10:24 AM   
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Absolutely amazing, being a motorbike fan and a fan of Hopkins I was dying to see this movie but it truly exceeded all my expectations. Its a great road movie, great bike movie, and just a great movie about people and characters. If you dont like this your heart is made of stone!

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- 13/1/2007 5:07:23 PM   
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Thanks to Anthony Hopkins' genial performance, it's a pleasant, old-fashioned enterprise that warms the cockles with its unashamedly feel-good homage to one man's twilight crusade.

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Fantastic! - 21/1/2010 12:10:30 AM   
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What a great film.Hopkins has redeemed himself at last! I caught this film on the t.v half way through and stuck with it and got the d.v.d.,later.
What a great performance!Lovely hidden gem of a film that puts faith back in quality story telling.After a slow start in N.Z, (loved lemon tree and grass burning scenes)Burt embarks on a trek to the states to race his vintage Indian.Don`t have to be a biker or bike fan,
this is great feel good film and so good to see Hopkins at hes best,just a slightly dodgy accent!Watch it.It`s great mate!

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