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Road

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1 h 41 min2014PG
The heartbreaking and adrenaline-fuelled tale of a family obsessed with road motorcycle racing - the most dangerous of all motor sports. For two generations, the Dunlop men have dominated the international road racing scene. This documentary takes the viewer on a blistering emotional ride with its heroes, to experience the victories, bumps and crashes both on and off the road.
Directors
Michael HewittDermot Lavery
Starring
Liam NeesonRobert DunlopJoey Dunlop
Genres
Special InterestSports
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Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
Gary DunlopMurray Walker
Producers
Michael HewittDermot Lavery
Studio
Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment
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4.8 out of 5 stars

1202 global ratings

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Daniel CookReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 February 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Triumph and Tragedy.
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This is an exceptional film about the legendary Dunlop road racing family.

It both shines a broad light on their incredible talents, grit, determination and bravery and also shows in heart-breaking spotlight, the stark truths of road racing.

Few documentary films have made me cry with joy and grief so frequently and so uncontrollably.

I followed "Yer Maun" from being a teenager. in the 80s He's one of the men that made me want to ride bikes in the first place -so I knew his story fairly well, but this film showed me even more of the man and furthermore, something of his character that added even more to his god-like status.

Robert Dunlop and sons are no less extraordinary.

I'm not going to talk about the story, even if it is more than well known, because a review shouldn't give anything away. If you're reading this review because you want to know if it's worth watching. IT'S WORTH WATCHING. Just maybe watch it on your own. (I'm occasionally mocked by my girlfriend for getting a slightly teary eye and I proper blubbed like a little girl through some of this).

Liam Neeson does a sterling job of narration. The music is apt and the editing is thoughtful.

The King is dead. Long live the King.
14 people found this helpful
Nur0fenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 February 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Exhilarating and heartbreaking - worth watching
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Stunningly shot and beautifully moving, Road tells the tale of two legends of road racing, Joey and Robert Dunlop. Even if you only have a passing interest in motorcycle racing, this is worth a watch, if only to understand what motivates some of us to ride on two wheels. Road attempts to show what compels a person to risk serious injury (or tragically worse) to race a bike and what commitment to a passion truly looks like. Both exhilarating and heartbreaking, the film plays out like a real life Rocky on wheels. The interviews with friends and loved ones give a rounded view of all the men featured, and although this is the Dunlop story, Road pays tribute to others injured or killed doing what they loved. I’ll admit to tears at the end and a sense of feeling they should have stopped long before but understanding why they couldn’t.

Made in 2014, the film hits harder with the knowledge that sadly William lost his own life in 2018, the result of a race incident, like his father and uncle.
4 people found this helpful
headbehindthebubbleReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 May 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
The new generation
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Road is structured very much like the film TT: Closer to the Edge and documents the story of two sets of Dunlop brothers; Joey and Robert, Michael and William, but in all truth, this film is more about Joey and Robert and their tragic deaths that it is about the younger siblings.
There have already been lots of different productions that have documented the career of Joey Dunlop, the most successful and popular road racer the world have ever know, but Road goes further as it explores the relationship with, and impact on his brother Robert and subsequently his Nephews Michael and William.
Juxtaposing footage from previous North West 200 and Isle of Man TT races the screen is filled with images of the Dunlops racing down the familiar streets interspersed with photos and interviews with family and friends.
The first half of the film is very much a positive memoir of what the original brothers achieved, but once it gets to the midway point the film takes us down the darker path and shows us some of the consequences of when things go wrong.
For me, the most poignant piece of footage is the footage shot of Robert Dunlop during practice for the 2008 North West 200. You see him leave the start line with William in tow and as he heads around the course it appears that he is one with the machine and the course, floating along. He gradually picks up speed leaving William behind, who unbeknownst to him, was desperately trying to catch his father. The helicopter follows him down the fast straight and we watch the rear lock and throw William from the bike into the path of another rider at well over 100mph. Its a sequence that is both beautiful and horrific and it has a tremendous impact.
For anybody with a passing interest, Road is well worth seeing and is a testament to the Dunlop family. What happened after 2012 is now well known, as this was the year that Michael emerged from his family shadow to possible usher in the next Dunlop domination of the sport. Only time will tell.
4 people found this helpful
BobReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 May 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
It's the way I want to die
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These are words to remember this was there mind set and they got to die doing what they loved. Heartbreaking as it is for those left behind for them it was the best end they could wish for. I had the same mind set when I was riding bikes so that danger of being killed just didn't matter and when I was riding at the limit all I felt was pure pleasure. I lost friends and had a serious crash which nobody could see how I managed to survive but those didn't put me off. I stopped after a friend lost his right arm and leg and facing life crippled like that was for me far worse than dying.
Each year there are calls for the TT to be stopped but people have no right to deny others what they love to do just because they think a life is more important than a race it isn't to those who do it as this documentary clearly shows.
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Roy SzwedaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 July 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
Fate deals the cards... but they keep on racing
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I only knew a little about the subjects in this movie. It is is a movie not really a documentary. MotoGP and Superbikes are more my cuppa. That said I thought I would rent this from LoveFilm.
Sadly, though the movie is well made (other reviews put this better than I could) it is as one other reviewer put it, unbalanced. In my opinion it spends a disproportionate amount of time on the tragic consequences of this unique form of motor sport. In fact it is relentlessly sombre what with the music and the commentary.
I knew enough that it was going to play out the one way but the effect on me was to make me sad for the riders and especially the friends and family who stood with them right to the end.
One thing that stands out is that it takes a special kind of man to road race. Whether they are heroes like our soldiers in the frontline is down to personal opinion. The movie does not judge, it just observes the process as it unfolds as fate deals the cards and they keep on racing. It seems to me that there is a thin line between dedication and obsession...remarkable men cut down too soon.
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LukeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 February 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
outstanding
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The ultimate testament to human spirit, determination and endeavour. I don't race or even ride bikes but have always watched the TT with awe. The principle of men racing on machines has a massive element of futility about it for me personally. However it's really got nothing to do with that....its about the measure of a man and his beliefs and character. Joey Dunlop was something so very special as a human being. Few people move me in life and bring tears to my eyes. (Many in this case!) Tears of sadness, triumph, respect and ultimate admiration. I don't care if you love or hate bikes...you have to watch this. It's something special and will have a profound effect on you.
Robert MasonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 November 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
A brilliant and moving documentary / film
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I was lucky enough to see this at the cinema and was actually surprised at the number of other people there (in England). I have never sat with a more quiet crowd of people in a cinema in my life, the atmosphere was one of utter respect and at the end as we all left I think most of us had at least a lump in the throat and also maybe a tear in the eye. Joey Dunlop was my childhood hero, when Robert lost his life I turned my back on road-racing. This film made me look at the events of that weekend in a completely different light. Whether you are into motorcycle road racing or not, I defy you not to be moved by this film. Personally I think this is much better TT3D, this is more about the people than the speed.

I watched the blue-ray recently and was equally moved, I can't comment on the quality only to say that I didn't notice any defects. I haven't been through the bonus features yet.
6 people found this helpful
GlennReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 April 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Absolute must watch. Truly heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time.
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Growing up hearing about and watching the great Joey Dunlop race I literally just knew the name and the results.
This movie / documentary is an epic watch and gives a lot more insight into the lives and losses of the Dunlop family.

They are truly an extraordinary gift to motorcycle racing.

If you like bikes, road racing, the isle of man, the northwest 200 or anything like that.. watch it. You will not be disappointed.
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