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The World's Fastest Indian (2005)

The World's Fastest Indian


Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 139
Fresh: 114
Rotten: 25

Critics Consensus: Overcomes its formulaic storyline thanks to Anthony Hopkins' warm and endearing portrayal of an age-defying thrill seeker.

Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 33
Fresh: 23
Rotten: 10

Critics Consensus: Overcomes its formulaic storyline thanks to Anthony Hopkins' warm and endearing portrayal of an age-defying thrill seeker.


Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 35,309


Movie Info

The true story of a man who never gave up on his dreams of doing something big -- and doing it very, very fast -- provides the basis for this engaging comedy drama. Burt Munro (Anthony Hopkins) was born in 1899 in Invercargill, New Zealand. From childhood, Munro had a passion for machines that moved fast, and when he was 21 he bought his first motorcycle, an Indian model with a 600 cc engine. Motorcycles became an obsession that stayed with Munro for the rest of his life, as he constantly … More

PG-13 (for brief language, drug use and a sexual reference)
Drama , Action & Adventure
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Mar 15, 2005
Box Office:
Magnolia Distribution - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The World's Fastest Indian

All Critics (143) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (114) | Rotten (25) | DVD (18)

This compelling fact-based story is [Donaldson's] best effort in years.

Full Review… | August 6, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It takes a while to adjust to this amiable film's languorous tempo but you might find it's worth the wait.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

For a film that's ultimately about speed, it could use a little more zip.

Full Review… | February 3, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The World's Fastest Indian might be the world's worst title for a charming, slice-of-life biopic starring Anthony Hopkins.

Full Review… | February 3, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The World's Fastest Indian is an old-fashioned feel-good movie.

Full Review… | February 3, 2006
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

The film may be cutesy-poo for some tastes, and there isn't much nail-chewing suspense in Burt's pursuit or his lighthearted subjugation of everyone he meets. But man and "motor-sickle" sneaked up and beguiled me, so all I could do was hop on.

Full Review… | February 3, 2006
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Anthony Hopkins gives an eccentric performance in his second film with Roger Donaldson.

Full Review… | July 31, 2011

Hopkins' joyous romp is a little slow for kids.

Full Review… | December 18, 2010
Common Sense Media

Ambushing audiences isn't easy for an actor like Anthony Hopkins, from whom we've come to expect shouting routines. But he propels this biopic past familiar fish-out-of-water beats with a vibrant, wily, unpredictable joie de vivre not seen since "Nixon."

Full Review… | December 15, 2010

Movie does not try to turn elderly speedster Burt Munro into melodrama but simply allows his astounding achievements to speak for themselves.

Full Review… | November 11, 2008

An old-fashioned, consummate feelgood flick and a valedictory to eccentric, stubborn old coots everywhere.

Full Review… | August 6, 2008

It's hard not to like Hopkins' Burt Munro, which means it's hard not to like The World's Fastest Indian.

Full Review… | May 2, 2007
Movie Metropolis

It creaks and splutters all the way, but Hopkins' charm keeps it chugging along steadily.

Full Review… | January 27, 2007

This codger has a libido, which distinguishes him from most of the seniors in the movies.

Full Review… | November 4, 2006

Sweet but syrupy and formulaic.

Full Review… | July 24, 2006
One Guy's Opinion

The film is itself an offering to the god of speed, but much more besides.

Full Review… | April 7, 2006
Sydney Morning Herald

Hopkins presides as such an engaging old coot, it seems criminal to point out flaws in the film -- which rarely tries to be more than a Kiwi version of 'The Straight Story.'

Full Review… | April 4, 2006
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

A wonderfully uplifting and charming biopic that's sure to win over all but the most mean-spirited. And the motorbike races really rocket, too.

Full Review… | April 1, 2006
Empire Magazine

A spellbinding road movie about a man with a dream, The World's Fastest Indian tells not only a true story but introduces us to a priceless original.

Full Review… | March 31, 2006
Urban Cinefile

Hopkins makes a thoroughly convincing argument that the need for speed doesn't necessarily fade away in the so-called twilight years.

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
Kalamazoo Gazette

A real family treat.

Full Review… | March 18, 2006

Like old Burt Munro from down under, the movie's a charmer.

Full Review… | March 17, 2006
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

The World's Fastest Indian isn't so much a story about breaking records and gauging speed as it is about the kindness of strangers and the ultimate road trip.

Full Review… | March 17, 2006

The film races to euphoric speeds.

Full Review… | March 16, 2006
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

Audience Reviews for The World's Fastest Indian


took a look at this film with a slightly wary eye, the title being rather ambiguous and misleading initially. I nearly passed it by to watch one of the many screener DVD's I had to view. for possible inclusion in the BAFTA awards. I presumed it was about a runner or maybe an Indian astronaut, possibly. I had no idea initially the "Indian" referred to a great American motorcycle,rather than a particular type of human.I am so glad I wasn't thrown by the title, and started watching. There unfolded a most delightful story about Bert, an instantly rather charming eccentric old character (superbly played by Anthony Hopkins), who built an old 1920's motorcycle in his garden shed. He then attempts to break the world-land speed record on a machine designed to originally travel about 90mph. The plot develops into a most charming and beautiful story of Bert's determination to get to the race event and the journey is as much of the story as the event itself. Obviously I shall not divulge the result or the events that happen, suffice it to say that Bert becomes an instantly likable character by everyone he meets. Bert's charm shines through and he takes everyone he meets at face value and welcomes all with a smile and a shake of the hand. He meets various "characters" along the way who he befriends like long-lost friends,which is a fresh in these days of prejudice and alienation. This was a very innocent time in 1967 for a New Zealander going to America, and there is one of the films most delightful and charming moments when Bert realises all is not quite what it seems when he meets one certain character......... MAKE SURE YOU SEE THIS FILM, it will have you laughing, crying and will uplift you, which is quite uncommon in these days in the movies of blood, killing, violence and savagery. I would be very surprised if Anthony is not at least nominated for his starring role as Bert. Lovely film which needs a different title to me, but then again "it does what it says on the tin", as they say. Go and see it. Great

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

The World's Fastest Indian is yet another well done feel good movie. The film tells the story of Burt Munro who seeked to break a land speed record on his 1920 Indian Scout. A film that focuses on one mans determination to accomplish his goal, The World's Fastest Indian is yet another terrific film from talented director Roger Donaldson (Thirteen Days), this is a film about Munro's trip to the Bonneville Salt Flats to break the record he so desired. Along the way, he befriends many people, and despite the fact that odds are against him, he persevere's and ultimately achieves his goal. Anthony Hopkins gives a great performance as Burt Munro. This is an incredible story of determination and perseverance. Over the course of late 60's till his death, he set many land speed records on his Indian Scout motorcycle. Roger Donaldson makes yet another terrific film, and with Anthony Hopkins on board, The World's Fastest Indian is a superb achievement. Hopkins delivers one of his best performances since he played Hannibal Lector in Silence Of The Lambs. The film is amusing, comical and sometimes sad, but it never feels like Burt Munro will fail. Despite a bit of misfortune, he manages to keep his head high, and succeed in setting his record. The World's Fastest Indian is a terrific film with a great story and acting. This is one of Roger Donaldson's finest films, and he always manages to make terrific films with an interesting story. This yet another great film with a story that will inspire the believers and dreamers ever. A very entertaining film with a great cast, make The World's Fastest Indian a film definitely worth watching. Another great film for Anthony Hopkins.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer


The world's fastest Indian is a bit dull for most of the film, but when it reaches it's great lines and high points it is brilliant. This film grabbed me from the start even by being very slow! I love The World's Fastest Indian, but throughout the film they could have had a bit more excitement to make it more fun. However, that wasn't the case, and I still love this film!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Decent, but a bit too long and slow-paced for my taste. Great acting as always by Anthony Hopkins though.

Mike S

Super Reviewer

The World's Fastest Indian Quotes

Burt Munro:
If you don't follow through on your dreams, you might as well be a vegetable.
– Submitted by Chad E (2 years ago)
Burt Munro:
At my age any day above ground and vertical is a good day.
– Submitted by Chad E (2 years ago)
Burt Munro:
You live more in five minutes on a bike like this going flat out than some people live in a lifetime.
– Submitted by Tomas K (3 years ago)

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