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Producer: Roger Donaldson, New Zealand Movie Manufacturing Fund
Director: Roger Donaldson
Author: Roger Donaldson
Key Forged: Anthony Hopkins, Diane Ladd, Iain Rea


The story of New Zealander Burt Munro, who spent years rebuilding a 1920 Indian motorbike, which helped him set the land pace world file at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967.

Director Roger Donaldson had been engaged on this movie for over 20 years earlier than he began filming it, and had beforehand directed a brief tv documentary about Munro known as Burt Munro: Choices to the God of Velocity in 1971. Arranging the financing for a full function movie was way more tough, however a key Japanese investor, and Donaldson and Hannam’s personal cash allowed the movie to be made. Lots of the props used for filming had been really owned by Munro, together with all of the exploded pistons and the piston mould that Hopkins makes use of for a scene within the movie. These had been on show on the Southland Museum and Artwork Gallery.


In 1967, Burt Munro is a form of people hero in Invercargill, recognized for his pleasant easy-going character, for having the quickest motorbike in New Zealand and Australia, and for being featured in Widespread Mechanics journal. Nevertheless, that recognition is contrasted by his exasperated next-door neighbors, a few of whom are fed up together with his un-neighborly behavior, comparable to revving his motorbike early within the morning, urinating on his lemon tree, and never mowing his grass. Burt, nonetheless, has a long-time dream: to journey to the US and take a look at his motorbike’s capabilities on the Bonneville Speedway. Nevertheless, whereas modifying his motorbike, Burt suffers a coronary heart assault. An ambulance takes him to the hospital and he’s instructed he has angina, and is suggested to take it straightforward and to not journey his motorbike. Burt ignores this recommendation, and is given treatment.

Burt is lastly capable of save sufficient to journey by cargo ship to Los Angeles, working his passage because the prepare dinner, however when he arrives, he experiences forms, skepticism, and the indifference of huge metropolis folks. It’s his blunt however gregarious nature which overcomes every hurdle. He wins over the motel clerk, a transvestite named Tina, who assists him in clearing customs and helps him in shopping for a automobile. The automobile salesman permits Burt to make use of his workshop and junkyard to construct a trailer, and later affords him a job after Burt fine-tunes a variety of the automobiles on the lot. Burt declines the supply, nonetheless, and shortly afterwards begins his lengthy journey to Utah.

Alongside the way in which, Burt meets quite a few useful folks, together with freeway police, a Native American who aids him when his trailer fails, a girl named Ada who permits him to restore his trailer in her storage and briefly turns into his lover, and an Air Pressure pilot who’s on go away from navy service in Vietnam.

He lastly arrives on the Bonneville Salt Flats, solely to be blocked by race officers for not registering his motorbike for competitors prematurely, and never having the mandated security gear. In a present of sportsmanship, nonetheless, varied opponents and followers within the Bonneville collection intervene on his behalf, and he’s ultimately allowed to make a timed run. Regardless of varied issues, he succeeds in his quest and units a brand new land pace file on the eighth mile of his run; when he reaches 201.851 mph (324.847 km/h). By the top, his leg is burned by the exhaust, and he then falls with the motorbike and skids to a cease, however he is ready to return house to New Zealand as a hero. An epilogue describes that he went to Bonneville once more a number of instances to compete and set new data.


Watch the FULL FILM on Youtube/Magnolia Footage.