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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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 »


In the Mexican jump the device the mechanic installed is supposed to cause the front tire to blow out, but in the footage of the crash the front tire is still intact. 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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He'll jump right into your heart (and funny bone)!
20 August 2004 | by (Midwest) – See all my reviews

I recently bought a video tape of this film expecting it to be somewhat turned out to be one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. And that's saying alot since it was made as a dramatic vehicle for the one, the only, EVEL KNIEVEL.

I can't believe all of the negative comments that have been posted for this film. Sure the acting is bad and the plot is subpar, but overall, this movie is destined for cult status!

This 1 hour and 40 minute film turned into a three hour viewing experience for me since I was laughing so hard at everything, and I knew I was missing more great dialogue and acting...I'd have to stop the video, rewind it, and watch again...and I'd laugh just as hard the second time. Even now, while writing this review, I'm laughing to myself just thinking of certain scenes...especially the "drug speech."

I won't spoil anything for those reading this...Just pop this baby in your VCR and "sit down and take a load off!"

And who the hell did Frank Gifford have to sleep with to get his name mentioned so many times in this film?


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