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Viva Knievel! (1977)

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 »

Director:

Gordon Douglas

Writers:

Antonio Santean (screenplay) (as Antonio Santillan), Norman Katkov (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Evel Knievel ... Himself
Gene Kelly ... Will Atkins
Lauren Hutton ... Kate Morgan
Red Buttons ... Ben Andrews
Leslie Nielsen ... Stanley Millard
Cameron Mitchell ... Barton
Frank Gifford ... Himself
Eric Olson Eric Olson ... Tommy Atkins
Sheila Allen ... Sister Charity
Albert Salmi ... Cortland
Dabney Coleman ... Ralph Thompson
Ernie F. Orsatti ... Norman Clark (as Ernie Orsatti)
Sidney Clute ... Andy
Robert Tafur Robert Tafur ... Governor Garcia
Marjoe Gortner ... Jessie
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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 rcs0411@yahoo.com

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mechanic | mexico | fan | drugs | stunt | See All (17) »

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


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Seconds to Live See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Riffed by the guys from MST3K under the Rifftrax name; Michael J Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy See more »

Goofs

During this film various characters put on helmets 20+ times and never does anyone use a chin strap, thus rendering the helmets basically useless. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Edited into E! True Hollywood Story: Evel Knievel (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Washington Post March
(uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
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Crash and Burn!
8 March 1999 | by SquonkSee 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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