Cinema - The World’s Fastest Indian (12A)

The World’s Fastest Indian is a ‘true’ film about a 72-year-old Kiwi, Burt Munro (played by Anthony Hopkins) who lives out a dream by taking his souped-up motorbike on a 7,000-mile journey to compete for the world land-speed record in Utah. The year is 1967; the ‘Indian’ in question is his 1920 Indian Scout motorcycle. The beginning of the film, set in New Zealand, is likeable. Hopkins’ eccentricity is highlighted early on when he urinates on his lemon tree. We are given to know that this is a daily occurrence. But we are left in no doubt that his heart is in the right place. So his dream becomes important to us. We are happy when he finds the money to make the trip.

Once Burt arrives in the States the film turns into a road movie: the mawkometer gets pushed to max. He meets various characters, even more eccentric than he is. There is a transvestite, a used-car salesman, a randy widow and an American Indian. Like Burt, they may be odd, but they possess a heart of gold, and they help him on his way. Eventually he arrives at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, ready to test out his bike, and attempt to fulfil his lifelong dream. You end up sincerely hoping that he will generate a bit more pace than the scriptwriter of TWFI managed. This is a film about a trip that changed a life: it is unlikely to have any significant effect on yours. DL

Injun trouble: Anthony Hopkins takes a slow bike to Utah
All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes
When? 6pm (also Sun 6pm)
How Much? £4.50
Lewes Cinema
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