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One of the inspiring biopic I have ever seen. It is about chasing a dream and it is never too late to do that so. Based on the story of a New Zealand motorcyclist Burt Munro. After spending 25 years to build a faster motorbike in the down under, now a very old Munro travel halfway across the earth to Bonneville speedway in the US to set a record. So what's the remaining of the tale reveals is that does his dream becomes reality or not.
Awesome performance by Anthony Hopkins, but in some parts I was distracted by his fake Kiwi accent. Overall, not bad with his effort, he achieved the goal conveniently. It is one of the best road movie that directed by the 'Species' filmmaker. The 120 minutes was too short, but well covered story with inclusion of messages like anti smoking and alcohol consumption.
It is a decade old film, never too late to watch a fine film like this, but inside I feel regret for the delay. I had no idea about the storyline. I thought it might be about Indians and then thought American Indians, but realised only while watching it that it is about a motorbike called Indian. It is surely a good family movie, especially if there is a motorbike maniac in the house. Highly recommended by me.
Writer/Director Roger Donaldson did a documentary about fellow New Zealander, Burt Munro many years earlier. So, if anyone could do a movie about this interesting character, it's him. I have to warn you, this is a difficult movie to get. It's not on TV, there's not many DVDs here in the States and it's pretty much dropped off the face of the planet. So, if you see this anywhere, be sure to view it if you get the opportunity. You won't regret it.
Burt Munro (Anthony Hopkins) is an elderly Kiwi who tinkers with his 1920s Indian motorcycle, continually modifying it to go ever faster. He melts down metal to mold replacement pistons and uses unusual parts that he finds to make a 50 MPH vintage motorcycle go over 150 MPH. His dream is to travel to America and take it on speed trials at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA.
When Burt suffers a heart attack, he takes the plunge, mortgaging his property, to make his dream a reality. Burt Munro is an interesting character all by himself, but he meets so many other interesting people along his way, that you never get bored with this film. Also, it's hard to believe that he will accomplish what he sets out for, there is so much going against him. He is just so determined and is able to talk his way into anything. Plus the Kiwi way of making stuff work with what you can find.
The DVD doesn't have closed captioning (only Spanish subtitles), but it does include Donaldson's earlier documentary, so you realize how close Anthony Hopkins was to portraying Burt Monro.