An Official MB.com movie?

bamabikeguy

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Folks on cable, Kiwi's and Bonneville Speed Week fans probably already know about the 2005 movie "The World's Fastest Indian", which Anthony Hopkins called his best.

Like George Wyman, another MBidol, since right in the first few minutes the bike displays it's pedals.

The Sisters at Sacred Heart told me about it back in June (they have community movie night each week), and yesterday Sr. Eleanor had a Blockbuster copy for me, I'll pass it around the neighborhood and take it back Saturday.....

Based on one **** of a true story about Burt Munro, one of those guys who want to die with their boots on.

And keep in mind, his 1920 "modified" Indan Scout has pedals !!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burt_Munro

Anyway, there is a New Zealander on IMDB who gives a better review of the movie than I could......

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0412080

AND, on the DVD special features is the Documentary about Munro, "Offerings to the God of Speed" which I'm watching a second time as I type this.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0877328

THREE THUMBS UP !!!
 
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I saw/touched that LSR Indian at a M/c show at Ventura,CA. It was unrestored at the time, must have been in the mid-'80s.


For those so inclined, search youtube for The World's Fastest Indian. Many clips and the trailer will come up.
 

bamabikeguy

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The Motorcycle Diaries

Sr. Eleanor at Sacred Heart Monastery has a 2 movies per month Netflix subscription, she called Monday and said to come by, I just had to see "The Motorcycle Diaries", a Robert Redford produced, English subtitled adventure.

"It has a lot of four letter words, but a marvelous story" she said. She wasn't there when I picked it up Thursday, but Sr. Mary Ruth was, and said there was a Rocinante reference early, and a "newspaper" scene that popped up a third of the way in, which one of the elderly sisters (who doesn't really know me, but has heard of my adventures) said "isn't that what your friend on the bike keeps doing?"

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0318462

From Wiki:
One famous rider of a Norton motorcycle was the medical student and future socialist revolutionary Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, who along with his friend Alberto Granado, famously toured South America on a 1939 Norton 500, nicknamed 'The Mighty One'. Unfortunately the bike did not complete the journey with them, as it was wrecked somewhere along the route.
First half, the funny half, IS true to the theme of a barely charted out adventure. If you know of any other moto-adventure movies the Sisters would enjoy (NOT Easy Rider), please pipe in. They are really into non-fiction nowadays, Sr. Eleanor is searching for stories with relevancy and courage, but I think if she were 50 years younger, she would get on a motored bike....

Some UK viewer provides the synopsis:


From director Walter Salles comes a very moving road journey which had me completely spellbound by the end and I'm sure would gain many viewer's hearts as the infamous director dives deep into many different issues.

The story centres around two young doctors going on a motorbike journey around the world, not for personal gain but for the experience. This idea was completely outstanding. It gives the audience an understanding of young people's desires, not for personal gains such as money but for an experience into real life issues and wishing to know more about the world around them. These ideas I'm sure would make viewers aspire to be like the central characters to go out and explore the world and that was a reason why I personally loved this drama, because it gives inspiration to the audience and really moves them in a way which will leave you completely spellbound.

The film centres on many issues but one which stuck out for me was the heavy ideologies of health. In the year 1950 there were many health issues present in the poorer counties such as Peru and this Oscar winning drama is able to capture these issues magnificently. The two central protagonists are doctors and are wishing to help others with their knowledge and expertise as they explore the less fortunate countries to help with the many depressing health problems the countries are experiencing. There is a very highly emotional driven scene when the lead character tries to help a very ill woman who is refusing to be treated. Tensions are always running high in the latter stages of the film when many issues are wishing to be resolved and the central protagonists are putting themselves on the line to help the ill residents of the poor countries.

Having changes in situations was a very powerful technique. The characters experience a poor life and a rich life. Audiences will see different perspectives of life in the 1950s when seeing there are poor and rich countries and are divided by the smallest differences, such as illnesses. We also see more joyous moments and highly emotional driven scenes which also gives a sense of how life is, the good and bad sides are both expressed in equal amounts which in my opinion was a fantastic move and will capture your heart as it did mine

Centred on the 1950s the film captured the essence of the politically driven time beautifully. Audiences see job issues, money problems and country matters which all juxtapose perfectly to capture the essence of the time and crate a high realism in context of the time

The acting by everyone involved is absolutely outstanding and it confused me when not one received an Oscar nomination because Gael Garcia Bernal and Rodrigo De la Serna are remarkable as the two travellers. Both dealing with their own issues we see different types of characters but similar characteristics to which made the film more believable of society where opinions are divided but also shared.

Bernal plays a character who is always saying what he feels and is never wishing to back down from anyone or anything and he pulled it off tremendously. The passion he creates as the central protagonist Guevara is utterly astonishing as he deals with asthma problems, love lives and money issues. It's a lot for him to take as he realises how serious life can be. Serna to also pulls off a classic performance as the older more experienced of the two who is always looking for that little bit more than his fellow traveller.

Using different countries such as Peru, Venezuela, and Spain allows viewers to gain an insight into the vastness of life. Using poor countries as well as rich countries allows viewers to see different sides to the world in the 1950s and was pulled off greatly. The characters can therefore experience what a posh life is like as well as what life in the fast lane gives them. The camera work is astonishing. Shooting from Venezuela, Peru etc we see different perspective of the countries. The scenery is always beautiful with shots of the towns in a poor state and the general background of the countries is to be admired. The shots of the bike on the roads are to be admired. The camera moves adjacent to the bike giving the realistic effect of the bike moving fast along the empty roads, gaining a sense of freedom and enjoyment.

From watching this film I can say I have been inspired to get on a motorbike and explore the world. Seeing what the central protagonists saw will inspire many as it has inspired me and I have no hesitation in recommending this Oscar winning drama to anyone.
 
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That's one of my favorite movies. I love it when Hopkins made his own piston.
That movie ruled huge.
 
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minibiker

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yea i have watched this movie at least 5 times i build my own "sacrafices to the god of speed" shelf ive got quite a bit up there
 
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Large Filipino

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Okay I'm staring at all the pics and I don't see any pedals. Where are they?
 
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HoughMade

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Great movie- I'll take a speed seeking New Zealander over a murderous communist any day.
 
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kerf

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bamabikeguy, not meaning to change the subject but I ran into someone said he knew you this week. We were at Mountain Lakes in Guntersville, he saw my bike and came over for a chat. Unfortunately his name escapes me.
 
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