Escape Route Flix, LLC
presents a feature-length documentary on DVD by MARTIN SCHLIESSMANN and JOHN BRUNE
"Why Sturgis?" Reviewed by
by Doug Brunell
2005, Un-rated, 89 minutes, Escape Route Flix
History Channel fans take note, this documentary about Sturgis, South
Dakota (as if there were any other) is for you. It delves into the
town's important geographical location, its history (and what a rich
history it is), economics and the bike rally that made the city a
To say that this is a history-rich town is an understatement. Even
though most people know of it due to the bike rally, there isn't a
whole lot of time spent on that particular subject, though it is
woven throughout the film and investigated. The film's meat is in how
the town got its name, its history with Native Americans, its ties to
the Civil War and its role in the national anthem. This documentary
actually has such a wealth of information that it almost seems like
its creators could easily do another two or three films and still not
get it all in. Despite that, the film never really feels rushed.
Take this one in if you've ever been curious about this town. If all
you know about it is related to motorcycles, you only know about a
tenth of the story.
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