Viva Knievel! (1977)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Biography  |  June 1977 (USA)
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Motorcycle stuntman Evel Knievel is offered a fortune to perform in Mexico. What Evel doesn't know is that they're planning to kill him and use his body to ship cocaine into the U.S. His ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Will Atkins
Kate Morgan
Ben Andrews
Stanley Millard
Eric Olson ...
Tommy Atkins
Sister Charity
Ralph Thompson
Norman Clark (as Ernie Orsatti)
Sidney Clute ...
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Motorcycle stuntman Evel Knievel is offered a fortune to perform in Mexico. What Evel doesn't know is that they're planning to kill him and use his body to ship cocaine into the U.S. His chief mechanic, who is an alcoholic, is weary of the whole thing and discovers something, but before he can tell Evel he is sent to a rehab clinic for drug addicts, which Evel doesn't believe he is. He goes to see him who tells Evel what he found out but is still in the dark as what is happening. Written by

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The one and only real live Evel Knievel in his first dramatic movie role.


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June 1977 (USA)  »

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Seconds to Live  »

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The more difficult stunts in the film were performed by stunt man Gary Lee Davis, though that fact was kept under wraps during the original release of the film. See more »


When Evel Knievel crashes the Stratocycle through the front door of the mental hospital, the cycle's right wing breaks against the door frame, but the left wing remains intact. As Knievel rides down the hall in the next shot, both the right and left wings are missing. In a shot after a quick pan-away (showing the Doctor calling security), Knievel reaches the end of the hallway, and both wings on the bike are intact again. See more »


Ralph Thompson: This is an American facility and we only deal with Americans.
Evel Knieval: Boy, you're too good to be true.
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Edited into E! True Hollywood Story: Evel Knievel (2004) See more »

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Crash and Burn!
8 March 1999 | by (Denver, CO) – See all my reviews

Viva Knievel has to be one of the worst movies ever made. But like like Plan 9 From Outer Space, it is so bad that it makes for a hilarious night. If you like bad movies, this is a must see. In the film Knievel is presented as some sort of cross between Elvis and Jesus. One scene at the front of the film even has Evel seeming to heal crippled children by presenting them with Evel Knievel model kits. He's shown as being a beacon of hope in a dark world, yet he's also shown nearly threatening the life of Red Button's character because Red hasn't paid him his money yet. By the way, how on Earth did people like Red Buttons, Gene Kelly, Lauren Hutton, and Leslie Nielson end up in this turkey?!? If you can't appreciate an incredibly bad movie, stay as far away as you can!

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