The World's Fastest Indian

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The World's Fastest Indian is a 2005 film that tells the life story of New Zealander Burt Munro, who spent years building a 1920 Indian motorcycle -- a bike which helped him set the land-speed world record at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967.

Directed and written by Roger Donaldson.
Based On One Hell Of A True Storytaglines

Burt Munro

  • Invercargill, I-N-V-E-R-C-A-R-G-I-L-L. Sometimes I spell it with one 'L' to save ink.
  • If you don't follow your dreams, you might as well be a vegetable.
  • If you don't go when you want to go, when you do go, you'll find you've gone.


  • Tom: Why do you pee on your lemon tree?
  • Fran: [to a staring crowd] What are you looking at? Dirty old men need love too!


Antarctic Angel: I don't think so, granddad!
Burt Munro: Well, why don't you put your money where your mouth is?

Tom: Aren't you scared you'll kill yourself if you crash?
Burt Munro: No... You live more in five minutes on a bike like this going flat out than some people live in a lifetime.

[Burt starts to mount his bike, but stops]
Burt Munro: I can't get my leg in because of the asbestos cloth on it.
[gets off]
Burt Munro: Let me take it off.
Rolly: Well, what about your leg and the heat?
Burt Munro: Screw it. I've got a spare one.

[the motorcycle gang comes to see off Burt]
Antarctic Angel: Good luck, mate. Show 'em Kiwis can fly too, eh?
Burt Munro: Right. I'll bring you back the Statue of Liberty!


  • Based On One Hell Of A True Story
  • The extraordinary true adventure of Burt Munro from Down Under


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