- Posted August 19, 2014 by
Glen Cove, New York
This iReport is part of an assignment:
iReport at the movies
"Winner!'" The World's Fastest Indian..
I was on the computer and my friend asked if I wanted to see the movie "The World's Fastest Indian." I immediately said, "NO THANKS!" Then I started to overhear some of the dialogue and I was impressed and wanted to see it. So he started it from the beginning and I sat, listened and watched.
And you have to listen because there is a lot to be said for it.
It is set in the 1960's and Anthony Hopkins plays Burt Munro who is from a small town, Invercargill, in New Zealand and after a near lifetime of perfecting his classic Indian motorcycle wants to leave his cozy town, even though the neighbors sometimes get fed up with him with the exception of the young boy next door, and go to the USA for the first time to clock his bike at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
Now, you would think all odds are against him, he has a prostrate problem, a heart condition and a shoestring budget but no, that doesn't stop Burt. His winning ways wins him a ticket to the US, first stop Hollywood of all places, where he is conned but then meets up with a transvestite named Tina, who has nothing over him and he eventually wins over and helps him get a car so he can get to Utah. He meets a Hispanic used car salesmen who he works out a deal with and other people, including a Native American, a woman named Ada, who he spends the night with, a Vietnam Air Force pilot on leave.
When he finally gets to Bonneville they wont let him race for a number of reasons one being no registration and his age, but he manages to fix this up too with his winning ways and he wins the race clocking in at a speed of 201.851 mph.
But the movie is about winning hearts and being true to yours, with an all star cast.
Anthony Hopkins Jessica Cauffiel, Diane Ladd, Joe Howard, Chris Williams as the transvestite Hollywood desk clerk, Paul Rodriguez, Annie Whittle,
Christopher Lawford and more...
The movie, a true story produced in 2005 is the baby of writer and director Roger Donaldson who claims it was a lifetime obsession to write it.
What I liked most is it is full of clichés, so is life, and this movie even won over a skeptic like me..
The next to last picture is an old photograph my friend had of his wife's father on an original Indian motorcycle that he owned and rode.
I am in the last photo next to the Harley Davidson sportster on Long Island my friend Dave and I share.
The movie by Magnolia entertainment is on DVD.
August 19, 2014.
Photos by Linda Glovach