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Evel Knievel (1971)

Biography of the famed motorcycle daredevil, much of which was filmed in his home town of Butte, Montana. The film depicts Knievel reflecting on major events in his life just before a big ... See full summary »

Director:

Marvin J. Chomsky (as Marvin Chomsky)

Writers:

Alan Caillou (story), Alan Caillou (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Hamilton ... Evel Knievel
Sue Lyon ... Linda
Bert Freed ... Doc Kincaid
Rod Cameron ... Charlie Knesson
Dub Taylor ... Turquoise Smith
Ron Masak ... Pete
Hal Baylor ... The Sheriff
Judith Baldwin ... Sorority Girl
Kathrine Baumann ... Sorority Girl
Ben Bentley Ben Bentley ... Man in Bar
Alana Stewart ... Nurse #1 (as Alana Collins-Hamilton)
Joe Davis Joe Davis ... Showgirl #2
Lee de Broux ... Wrangler #1 (as Lee De Broux)
Roger Edington Roger Edington ... Bartender
Frank Ellis Frank Ellis ... Rodeo Clown
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Biography of the famed motorcycle daredevil, much of which was filmed in his home town of Butte, Montana. The film depicts Knievel reflecting on major events in his life just before a big jump. Written by jmk

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THE LAST OF THE DAREDEVILS! (original poster-all caps) See more »


Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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In 2002, Brentwood Home Video distributed this movie in a DVD box-set of "10 Movies on Five Double-sided Discs!" "A THIN LINE BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH!" was the title on the box-jacket cover. See more »

Goofs

Boom mic operator's shadow when Bobby's wife joins him on the back of his motorcycle after they are married. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Evel Knievel: [speaking to the camera] Ladies and gentlemen, you have no idea how good it makes me feel to be here today. It is truly an honor to risk my life for you. An honor. Before I jump this motorcycle over these 19 cars - and I want you to know there's not a Volkswagen or a Datsun in the row - before I sail cleanly over that last truck, I want to tell you that last night a kid came up to me and he said, "Mr Knievel, are you crazy? That jump you're going to make is impossible, but I already...
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I Love You Inside Out
Written by Roger Hatcher
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dangerous to laugh at , but good-humored
25 November 2007 | by winner55See all my reviews

This film is a comedy and a satire, and as both, it is a double-edged sword - it laughs with it's target audience - 'good ol' boys' and wannabees along the drive-in circuit, primarily in the South - and at them. It is dangerous to laugh at this film, because you may find out you're laughing at yourself - but of course, it is so good-humored, you won't be able to avoid it.

This film is not really an Evel Knieval biopic; it is really a study in the culture that makes Knieval possible. The makers of this film - primarily producer-star Hamilton - understand that in the 20th century, Americans developed an unhealthy fascination for 'sports' wherein the performers flirted with death; this could only make sense if some of the performers actually did die. The performers themselves well understood that, but all believed they were invincible, that therefore they were manipulating the secret desire of the audience rather than satisfying it. However, inevitably some - like the rodeo bull-rider early in this film - just did die; no human is invincible, after all.

How do film-makers address such a culture without getting cynical or preachy about it? You take one such 'sports'-star and take him on face-value. The ground of this film is the Evel Knieval legend that Knieval himself was hyping at every opportunity - it is simply arraigned in a way that many of his tall-tales reveal themselves as just 'too much' for their own good - even if true, why would anybody do that? Finally, one has to note that this is a fine specimen of a film made specifically for the drive-in circuit: clearly enunciated dialog (those car-speakers), over-lit (has to play against moonlight), fast-paced, careful avoidance of close-ups (only Sergio Leone's were able to hold attention at the drive-in), sweeping scenery, episodic (plenty opportunities for couples to neck), and none too deep.

Bottom-line: I first saw this film 20 years ago and only recently saw it again; neither the film nor my opinion of it has changed much all those years - there must be something that still works here.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$36,000
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)
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