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Being Evel (2015)

The real story behind the myth of American icon Robert 'Evel' Knievel and his legacy.

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Daniel Junge
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Credited cast:
Ken Berg Ken Berg ... Self
Seth Enslow Seth Enslow ... Self
Ray Gunn Ray Gunn ... Self
George Hamilton ... Self
Mat Hoffman ... Self
Evel Knievel ... Self (archive footage)
Kelly Knievel Kelly Knievel ... Self
Linda Knievel Linda Knievel ... Self
Johnny Knoxville ... Self
Mark Lisac Mark Lisac ... Self
Lathan McKay ... Self
Travis Pastrana ... Self
Sheldon Saltman Sheldon Saltman ... Self
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The real story behind the myth of American icon Robert 'Evel' Knievel and his legacy.

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Top-of-the-line documentary on the motorcycle daredevil who started it all
25 February 2018 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

Released in 2015 and directed by Daniel Junge, "Being Evel" is a documentary on the rise, glory and fall of the stuntman who started the sport of motorcycle jumping and was the catalyst to widespread daredevilry of the sort.

To let you know how great this documentary is, I decided to check out 15-20 minutes when it was already past my bedtime and I ended up viewing the whole film. It's THAT compelling. The movie contains interviews with every primary person linked to Robert 'Evel' Knievel, including associates, employees, relatives, reporters and those he inspired. It's such a fascinating story of a flawed man who was obsessed with success and recognition to the point he regularly risked life and limb.

Family members point out that they lost Bobby Knievel to Evel Knieval as he conquered the world with his daredevilry and ensuing fame. To cope with the stress of regularly facing death and the ever-increasing pain of his multiple wounds he turned to alcohol, meds and loose sex. By the time of his Snake River Canyon jump he was so anxious he turned on the reporters, which was a bad move since they were the ground laborers that assisted his fame. After his 1977-78 conviction and six months prison sentence for assaulting the writer of his biography (which everyone involved said was accurate and, if anything, too tame), he lost most of his marketing endorsements and deals, including Harley-Davidson and Ideal Toys, which led to his bankruptcy.

Despite his glaring downfall, the movie thankfully ends on a very positive note.

The film runs 99 minutes. GRADE: A+


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