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On July 31, movie theaters across the US will be showing the film
"Long Way Down" at 7:30pm. It is a movie about Ewan McGregor and
Charley Boorman's trip from Scotland to South Africa. Check out the theater locator on the site to find a showing near you. I'll be coordinating something with the NYC folks.

http://www.fathomevents.com/details.aspx?eventid=725

Long Way Down
07/31/08
Fathom and Wasserman Media Group are proud to present the Elixir Films
and Big Earth production of Long Way Down – the ultimate motorcycle
adventure - on the big screen. This unique event will be shown in
select local movie theatres for one night only, on Thursday, July 31st
at 7:30pm! This is your only chance to see a Fathom exclusive cut of
Long Way Down – Ewan McGregor (Star Wars, Moulin Rouge!,
Trainspotting) and Charley Boorman’s (Actor and Motorcycle Fanatic)
15,000 mile motorcycle journey from Scotland to South Africa on the
big screen. Join McGregor and Boorman as they face many challenges
from the unknown and unforgiving terrain that test their endurance,
driving skills and push their friendship to the limit.
“There is something liberating about just having what you need, on
your bike,” said McGregor. “A tent, a roll mat, a little bit of food,
a bit of petrol in your tank and a vague idea of where you’re going
and that’s all you need. There is something beautiful about that.”
Directed and produced by David Alexanian and Russ Malkin, Long Way
Down is a follow-up to the Long Way Round trip of 2004, which
documented the motorcycle journey from London to New York via Russia,
Kazakstan, Mongolia and North America.
This exclusive theatre event is brought to you in part by BMW
Motorcycles, Fox Reality Channel, and the American Motorcyclist
Association.
 

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Another cool movie but is all in spanish is called "The Motorcycle Diaries". It's about Che Guevara before he became the big revolutionary icon he's known for. He and his friend ride their Norton 500 14000 kilometers all throughout south and central america. The things he's experiences along the way turn him from the doctor he was suppose to become to the well known revolutionist he became.
 

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That series that Bravo (I think) did a few years back called
"Long Way Round" was great. I hold a new respect for Ewan & Charlie....Charlie, you could tell, has ridden - Ewan was kinda learning on the fly. I've seen it at the video rental stores...it's worht a look. I'll check the movie out for sure.
 

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i just watched Long Way Down Last Week, it's a great short series. it's also the third they've done, the second one is called Race to Dakar and documents Charlie Boormans attempt to race in and finish the Paris to Darkar, "the most dangerous race on earth".

i don't want to hype them up too much but i was so enthused i watched all three series within weeks of one another.
 

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quote:Originally posted by Pinche Chingadera

Another cool movie but is all in spanish is called "The Motorcycle Diaries". It's about Che Guevara before he became the big revolutionary icon he's known for. He and his friend ride their Norton 500 14000 kilometers all throughout south and central america. The things he's experiences along the way turn him from the doctor he was suppose to become to the well known revolutionist he became.
Awsome movie
 

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If you've never seen Long way Round you should, that trip makes their Africa adventure look like a walk in the park.
 

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If you've never seen Long way Round you should, that trip makes their Africa adventure look like a walk in the park.
 

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Saw it last night. I thought it was really good. I suppose the fact that Ewan and Charlie had unlimited resources at their disposal takes a little away from the adventure but all in all it was quite a ride.
 

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Saw it last night. I thought it was really good. I suppose the fact that Ewan and Charlie had unlimited resources at their disposal takes a little away from the adventure but all in all it was quite a ride.
 

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quote:Originally posted by snorkelfork

If you've never seen Long way Round you should, that trip makes their Africa adventure look like a walk in the park.
It looked to me like they glossed over a lot of the tech problems and prep stuff, maybe after the last one they found that those issues are what bored the NON-motorcycling viewers? It was obvious that those issues were given a lot more screen time in the last one.

No matter what the chase vehicle had in it, or the cash behind it that is a fucking gnarly ride. Any one of us would be lucky to pull it off even with those resources. 800 lb. bikes in that sand? No way I could do it. To use it to raise money for some very unfortunate kids? Even more amazing. Cheers, beers and hats off to those guys.
 

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quote:Originally posted by snorkelfork

If you've never seen Long way Round you should, that trip makes their Africa adventure look like a walk in the park.
It looked to me like they glossed over a lot of the tech problems and prep stuff, maybe after the last one they found that those issues are what bored the NON-motorcycling viewers? It was obvious that those issues were given a lot more screen time in the last one.

No matter what the chase vehicle had in it, or the cash behind it that is a fucking gnarly ride. Any one of us would be lucky to pull it off even with those resources. 800 lb. bikes in that sand? No way I could do it. To use it to raise money for some very unfortunate kids? Even more amazing. Cheers, beers and hats off to those guys.
 

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If you've only seen the "movie" version of Long Way Down you need to find and watch all the actual episodes. There are six episodes at approx 1 hour each - the movie is only 2 hours long so there's 4 hours of stuff missing from the movie!! Basically all the interesting stuff (to riders only perhaps) has been cut from the movie version. Very good indeed.
 

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I'd love to see those episodes, good stuff. I still stand by my remarks about resources. He had a full armed military escort through Kenya and "fixers" in every country along the way. No doubt I would have been abducted, robbed and touched in the no no spot the second I crossed into Africa. Still quite entertaining.
 

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I havn't seen the movie but I'm in the middle of the book (they've just arrived in Luxor) and they seem to be at each other's throat constantly. Apparently they didn't leave themselve enough time to "see" anything...just a series of marathon rides. Maybe it'll get better.
 

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early on in the episodes they meet a couple traveling who made the nearly the same trip from north to south and back on bikes no worries though i wouldn't want to test my luck.

the first series LWR is three episodes longer than the latter series and shows a lot more of the prep involved.

i also think they omit a lot of tension between the two when ewans wife with no previous riding experience insists on tagging along for part of the journey.
 
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