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)
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Seconds to Live  »

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There is a scene where Evel spots his friend and competitor Jessie (Marjoe Gortner), and races his bike up to him head-on, and Jessie (on foot) leaps over Evel's bike. This is actually a stunt that Evel used to do in his very early daredevil days (as the jumper), and even got seriously hurt once doing it. 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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Edited into E! True Hollywood Story: Evel Knievel (2004) See more »

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a film written by sycophants......
19 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is a classic example of a film written by people who attempted to use their typewriters whilst licking the star' feet. It stars Evel Knievel, the famous stunt-person, playing himself as the most courageous,warm-hearted and saintly hero-person one could ever wish to see. Even if it had been a good film, it would have been too much. As it is, the whole film is as bad as its leading character. See drug-runners Leslie Nielsen and Albert Salmi convince Evels' ambitious protegee that they are good guys. See them plot to kill our hero during a stunt tour in Mexico and bring his coffin back to America stuffed with drugs.See Gene Kelly (sadly but laughably) as Evels'loveable old-soak of a mechanic agonise over whether to love or reject the young son who has run away to be with him. See Lauren a cynical press photographer who learns to admire and Really Care For our dashing hero.See Kelly, who has been drugged and kidnapped, going cold turkey in a rehab centre, and see Evel disguised as the sort of nurse that wears gold bracelets and large shiny rings, rescue him. Most of all see Knievel give the sort of performance that makes amateurish sound, most of all, do not bother.

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