The World’s Fastest Indian was a hit on the world stage and tells the very inspiring story of a New Zealander who dared to dream big.
The World's Fastest Indian was Roger Donaldson's first New Zealand-made film, since embarking on a successful Hollywood career 20 years earlier. This project was the culmination of a dream that Donaldson had held for more than 30 years. As a young filmmaker in the 1970s, he had worked on a documentary about Burt Munro called Offerings to the God of Speed.
Inspired by the Invercargill speedster, he wrote the original film script of The World's Fastest Indian in 1981. The script is based on Burt Munro's journeys to Bonneville during the 1960's. It follows the road to fulfilling a dream.
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In The World's Fastest Indian, Anthony Hopkins plays the true story of New Zealander Burt Munro, a man who never let the dreams of youth fade.
After a lifetime perfecting his classic 1920 Indian motorcycle, Munro sets off from New Zealand to test his bike at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. With all odds against him, Munro wins support from unusual allies in his quest to set a new speed record.
Burt Munro's 1967 world record remains unbroken and his legend lives on today.
If it's hard, work harder; if it's impossible, work harder still. Give it whatever it takes, but do itBurt Munro Motorcycle racer