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Monday, March 20, 2006

THE WORLD’S FASTEST INDIAN, Run time: 127 minutes, Rated "PG13", Magnolia Pictures (New Zealand and USA).....Burt Munro (Anthony Hopkins) is a bit of a recluse living in the New Zealand town of Invercargill. Burt is an old codger from the early 1960's and dreaming of setting the world motorcycle land speed record at the Bonneville, Utah salt flats. There are only a couple of problems complicating his dream: His bike is a 1920's era modified Indian Scout and how is he going to get to Bonneville? Remember, this is the movies so the townspeople do a benefit for Burt and he sets off on his odyssey to Utah and the obligatory meeting of certain characters along the way that he befriends and offers sage advice. He finally makes it to the flats but will his life long dream be accomplished? This movie is actually based on the exploits of a real Burt Munro (1899-1977) and, despite its movieland treatment by director Roger Donaldson, is quite good. Hopkins is outstanding as always and although the story is pretty corny, it is heartwarming and will possibly make your eyes well up a bit.
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