1971, "ON ANY SUNDAY"
ON ANY SUNDAY is an iconic documentary film, directed by Bruce Brown, about sport motorcycling. It was shot in 1971 and the following year it was nominated for the "Oscars" (in the documentary category). The documentary follows the lives of motorcycle riders, highlighting the different characteristics of each modality as well as the profile of its practitioners. For example, motocross riders are presented as free spirits while baja riders are shown to be loners.
Among the participants in the film are great legends of the 60s and 70s such as: Steve McQueen, Mert Lawwill, Malcolm Smith, Dave Aldana and many others. Although used by several brands to promote motorcycling, this production features motorcycles of multiple origins such as: TRIUMPH, HUSQVARNA, HARLEY DAVIDSON, HONDA, YAMAHA, SUZUKI and still others, however disappeared, such as BSA, BULTACO and HODAKA. The film was financed, in part, by Steve McQueen, through his SOLAR PRODUCTIONS COMPANY. Film critic and historian Roger Ebert said of this film: "it did for motorcycling what "THE ENDLESS SUMMER" did for surfing". It had the following sequels: ON ANY SUNDAY II (1981), with Bob Hannah and Larry Huffman, ON ANY SUNDAY: REVISITED (2000), by Dana Brown, ON ANY SUNDAY: MOTOCROSS, MALCOLM, & MORE (2001), by Dana Brown and ON ANY SUNDAY, THE NEXT CHAPTER (2014), by Dana Brown.
ON ANY SUNDAY, 1971, the full movie!
Steve McQueen, Mert Lawwill and Malcolm Smith, during filming