“The World's Fastest Indian,” a charming, slice-of-life biopic about Burt Munro (1899-1978), who at the age of 68 broke the land-speed record at Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, starts Friday at The Smith.
Anthony Hopkins plays the New Zealand motorcycle enthusiast; the film may be seen beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, June 30, Saturday, July 1 and Monday, July 3; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 2 at the Smith Opera House in downtown Geneva.
The 1920 Indian motorcycle is one that Munro tinkered with in his garage for many years, turning it into a combination rocket/junk heap/death trap/glory of the age.
The focus is not so much on Munro's accomplishments as it is on his personality, which is made vivid in Hopkins' performance. He plays Munro as a scattered man, an eccentric not quite in tune with his fellows, isolated somewhat by his own peculiar brilliance and by some hearing loss.
The film is as much about the getting there as it is about what Munro does after he arrives. It is for anyone who likes to walk away from the theater inspired.
Rated PG-13, the drama has a running time of 127 minutes. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens and are available at the door. For details, call (315) 781-LIVE or toll-free at (866) 355-LIVE or visit http://www.TheSmith.org.