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      On Any Sunday

      G Released Jul 28, 1971 1h 31m Documentary List
      83% Tomatometer 6 Reviews 84% Audience Score 250+ Ratings Filmmaker Bruce Brown shows motorcycle racers, including Steve McQueen, and forms of their sport around the world. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Mark Williams Time Out It abounds with intelligently applied stop-frame, slow motion and colour treatment knick-knacks which heighten the excitement and visual impact. Jan 26, 2006 Full Review Vincent Canby New York Times "What kind of men are these?" Brown asks, and the answer comes not from what anyone says, but from the crazy, sensational motion of the film, which is, I feel, in its own way, a remarkable adventure. May 9, 2005 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times [Bruce Brown] has made On Any Sunday," which does for motorcycle racing what The Endless Summer did for surfing and it's enjoyable in exactly the same way. Rated: 3/4 Oct 23, 2004 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Jul 6, 2005 Full Review Rich Cline Shadows on the Wall Rated: 3/5 Jun 12, 2004 Full Review Tony Mastroianni Cleveland Press Clearly any enterprise that causes so many to abandon sanity so completely, even if only on a Sunday afternoon, deserves examination and On Any Sunday does the job extremely well and entertainingly. Nov 20, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

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      DF P This movie ignited a whole generation to the wonders of motorcycle riding and racing! Though dated, it has now become a historical documentary of what motorcycle racing was like in the late 60's and early 70's! A must see!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/04/23 Full Review Audience Member To some a motorcycle is work to others it's a simple way to get around Whether it's racing or a drive in the countryside Arguably the most important motorcycle film ever this sports documentary explores all the aspects of the motor vehicle and people's fascination with it Bruce Brown narrrates by producing, writing, and directing He showcases celebrity racers like Malcolm Smith, Mert Lawwill, and a certain A-list actor by the name of Steve McQueen as well as local citizens who love the thrill of it Motorcycles are more than just amped up bikes The footage filmed here isn't half bad especially the POV shots of actually being behind the wheel with portions of slow-motion to capture and slow down the moments Some great aerial footage too with striking telephoto lens This was filmed in 16 millimeter film so it has that vintage feel to it The music sprinkled throughout goes from sunbaked surf ballads to funky R&B grooves and even some silly old-time numbers, each piece matching perfectly to what's on screen Brown narrates perfectly dictating the sport and found a passion for it after he turned away from surfing Motorcycle racing is a violent world in itself since the driver is so close to others on the track and there's risks of crashes and burnouts, after all they speed over 100 mph Intense speeds, keeping your heads down, and rush of air hitting your face The weather elements are a challenge too ranging from intense heat, mud covered tracks from rain, and ice covered terrain next to sub-freezing temperatures Plus keeping those scoring points is tough if you fall behind which leads to less pay But it is a beautiful sight to behold for a lot of fans Daytona Beach Florida motorcycle competition is the ultimate battlefield yet the races in Europe are much more demanding plus in California entire public roads are closed off to appeal to local residents This documentary definitely made an impact on American culture as well as motorcycling This also has been credited with getting thousands of people into motorcycling while helping to dispel the negative perception of motorcyclists cultivated throughout the 1960s It is the most physically demanding sport next to soccer but it's a fun challenge to battle the race course As Brown says, "There's something about going riding with your friends—a feeling of freedom, a feeling of joy—that really can't be put into words. It can only be fully shared by someone who's done it."  This is somewhat dated but nostalgic Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member The Doc about biking Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member Great to see Bruce Brown update his dad's iconic motorcycle movie in true Brown form. I was surprised not to see any footage on one of motorcycle racing's most famous figures Malcolm Smith. Also nothing on the Isle of Mann! But, all and all a great film that will be in every motorcycle enthusiast's collection! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member On Any Sunday (1971) This documentary was created by Bruce Brown who did the movie, Endless Summer (1966), one of the best movies ever about surfing. On Any Sunday is a movie that never gets on TV, cable, and is difficult to find on DVD, so if you get the chance to see this one, take it. You won't regret it. This movie is about motorcycles and specifically about motorcycle racing. It features many of the different kinds of motorcycle sports from dirt racing, flat track, to road racing (Super bike racing), to desert racing. It features many interesting characters in the motorcycle racing scene of that time, such as Mert Lawwill, David Evans, and Malcolm Smith, as well as movie star, Steve McQueen. But the biggest star of this movie is the photography. Bruce Brown shows lots of slow motion and close-ups of all the action and the pounding that rider and machine have to go through to test themselves, many times just for bragging rights and a little trophy. On the DVD, Bruce has a section dedicated to Steve McQueen, who he got to help finance the making of the documentary. I highly recommend you seeing this. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review lanfranco c The best motorbike documentary then ever! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Movie Info

      Synopsis Filmmaker Bruce Brown shows motorcycle racers, including Steve McQueen, and forms of their sport around the world.
      Director
      Bruce Brown
      Producer
      Bruce Brown
      Distributor
      Cinema 5 Distributing
      Production Co
      Brown-Solar
      Rating
      G
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jul 28, 1971, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 10, 2015
      Runtime
      1h 31m
      Sound Mix
      Mono
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