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- Roger Donaldson's original 1971 documentary Offerings to the God of Speed featuring historical footage of the real Burt Munro
- "Southland: Burt's Hometown of Invercargill" featurette
- "The Making of The World's Fastest Indian" featurette
- Deleted scenes
Top Customer Reviews
Director Donaldson tells Burt's feel good story in a straightforward and unemotional manner, with many of the scenes being filmed on location in Invercargill and at Bonneville. Anthony Hopkins is so perfectly cast that he seems to become Burt. His interviews while promoting the film made it clear how much he enjoyed the role and respected Burt's achievements; the Kiwis who knew Burt were very pleased with his faithful portrayal in his film. The supporting cast also does an excellent job, although in all probability the only other individuals recognizable to most moviegoers will be Diane Ladd as Ada and Bruce Greenwood as Jerry, who helps Burt overcome the resistance he encounters when he arrives at Bonneville with a vehicle which breaks all the safety rules. In addition, deserving special mention in a brief appearance as Tina is Chris Williams.
The director very intelligently decided to provide several humorous moments and a lot of casual humor to keep the approximately two hour long movie moving at a reasonable pace. The natural tension inherent in several obstacles Burt had to overcome (e.g.Read more ›
"A vegetable? What kind of vegetable?"
"I don't know. Let's say a cabbage. You'd be a cabbage. Yes, that's it. A cabbage."
The Boston Globe review from Feb. 3 called "The Fastest Indian" a fish-out-of-water story, but I would never call it that. Based on a true life story, Anthony Hopkins does a convincing job capturing Burt Munro, an 60-something New Zealand tinkerer so incredibly devoted to making his Indian Scout run faster that he sleeps, eats, works and lives in a cement bunker of a workshop tool shed he calls home. The opening scene makes you love the movie instantly. ... A dolly shot that follows shelves upon shelves full of cast-off pistons. Handwritten in white chalk on these dark alters are the words "Offerings to the God of Speed".
This is a road trip movie combined with high speed thrills and characters that leap off the screen. You find yourself rooting for an old man's ambition to realize a dream and to fight the authority figures that always seem to thorn his side. That's the thing about authorities. They are kill joys.
Burt Munro was as frugal as the late Fred Tausch. A guy who'd use a cork from a bottle of brandy to plug his tank. Unlike the Globe review, I won't spoil the movie for you by telling you too much. The paper gave this movie only 2½ stars, but I'd give it top rankings because the movie breaches the full arc of human emotions: there's plenty of humor, anger, love, surprise, suspense, fright, defeat and triumph. There's also some adrenalin. Never a dull moment, any non-biker can relate and will love this movie too.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this film. Very educational and Anthony Hopkins knocks it out of the park with his acting skills.Published 1 day ago by Juventino
Well acted and a great story about goal setting and achievementPublished 4 days ago by Jerry Phillians
Outstanding film encouraging the I can do it that lives inside of us!Published 7 days ago by Jeanine
Great movie, especially since having gone to Invercargill,NZ and saw the exact Indian Burt set his record on....Published 13 days ago by Len J