Original Australian Daybill Movie Poster On Any Sunday
On Any Sunday is a 1971 American documentary film about motorcycle sport, directed by Bruce Brown. It was nominated for a 1972 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Brown tried to show the unique talents needed for the different forms of racing. For instance, the motocross riders were typically free-spirited types, while desert racers were often loners. In Grand National racing, Brown showed widely differing personalities, such as the business-like approach to racing displayed by Mert Lawwill versus the carefree approach that David Aldana became known for. In addition to Lawwill, Steve McQueen is featured in the film, along with Malcolm Smith and many other motorcycle racers from the late 1960s and early 1970s. The film was financially backed, in part, by McQueen through his "Solar Productions Company", which received credit in the final seconds of the film. McQueen was able to open a lot of doors for Brown when it came to securing locations for shooting. On Any Sunday is often credited as the best and/or most important motorcycle documentary ever made. Critics say it "does for motorcycle racing what The Endless Summer did for surfing. Motorcycle brands featured in the film include Triumph, Montesa, Husqvarna, Harley Davidson, Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, BSA, Bultaco, and Hodaka.