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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 »

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Gordon Douglas

Writers:

Antonio Santean (screenplay) (as Antonio Santillan), Norman Katkov (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Evel Knievel ... Self
Gene Kelly ... Will Atkins
Lauren Hutton ... Kate Morgan
Red Buttons ... Ben Andrews
Leslie Nielsen ... Stanley Millard
Cameron Mitchell ... Barton
Frank Gifford ... Self
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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The one and only real live Evel Knievel in his first dramatic movie role.


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Part of a 1970s cycle of works which were about stunt work and the stunt profession in movie making. In his book "Cult Movies 3", Danny Peary says in his piece on The Stunt Man (1980) that "there had been a proliferation of theatrical and television films about stuntmen". The films include Hooper (1978), Animal (1977), Evel Knievel (1971), Stunt Rock (1978), Evel Knievel (1974), Dare Devils (1973), Death Cheaters (1976), Stunts (1977), Viva Knievel! (1977), Superstunt (1977), Death Riders (1976) and The Stunt Man (1980). 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

Jessie: End of the line Evel.
Evel Knieval: What did you say?
Jessie: End of the line, man.
Evel Knieval: What are you talking about, your suppose to be at the other end.
Jessie: No. I always have been before, but not anymore. Today is my turn, my shot at the glory, I'm making this jump.
Evel Knieval: What are you talking about. Those people paid their pesos to see me jump.
Jessie: No way, man. I'm jumping. I've always known I was better than you. Today I'm gonna prove it. Now you just get out of my way.
Evel Knieval: Hey! You been smoking something? You're high!
Jessie: Man, maybe you oughtta ...
[...]
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Connections

Featured in I Am Evel Knievel (2014) See more »

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The Washington Post
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Music by John Philip Sousa
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God's only begotten sky-cyclist
10 August 2003 | by ajm-8See all my reviews

In VIVA KNIEVEL, the daredevil foils a drug shipment, charms a Mother Superior, reunites a long-estranged father and son, inspires crippled children to walk, woos a feminist news photographer and makes a 150-foot jump over a cage full of lions. Not all at once, however.

Robert Craig Knievel was one of his era's most singular pop culture figures, an endless self-promoter whose failures (e.g. his aborted 1974 Snake River Canyon jump) drew more media hype than almost anyone else's successes. A well-marketed, low-budget Knievel biopic starring George Hamilton did great at the box office in the early 1970s, so it was assumed the real Evel would also pack them into the theaters. But Knievel, unlike a Babe Ruth or Muhammad Ali, has no genuine on-camera magnetism and many of his line readings are horrid; trying to get Red Buttons to pay up on a debt, Evel says flatly, "You stole from me (long, long pause)... PROMOTER."

A quintessential 1970s cast (in fact, three POSEIDON ADVENTURE survivors appear here) includes a poorly-wigged Gene Kelly as Evel's alcoholic mechanic, a pre-AIRPLANE! Leslie Nielsen as the drug kingpin, Marjoe Gortner (take my word for it, kids, he was big in the 1970s) as Evel's protégé-turned-druggie and Lauren Hutton as the women's lib photographer who F-stops her way into Evel's heart.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1977 (USA) See more »

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