Thursday, May 12, 2022

"The World's Fastest Indian" - Part of Anthony Hopkins' Aging Trilogy

 Now, on Amazon Prime Video you can watch the 2005 film "The World's Fastest Indian." starring Anthony Hopkins. The blurb: "The 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."

The film is set in 1967, with Burt as 68 years old. The gist of the film is that his quest to set a motorcycle land speed record was viewed as more self-delusional than improbable, but with his charm folks eventually came to his aid, and he succeeded. He was beset with newly-diagnosed angina, and had a chronic case of benign prostatic hyperplasia, which is only worth noting for the remedy given to him by a Native American man.

I consider this the first of what I call Hopkins' aging trilogy of films, continuing with "King Lear," and "The Father," for which he won the Best Actor Academy Award.

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