Being Evel

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Insightful and swiftly paced, Being Evel is an entertaining, well-crafted overview of an unforgettable character.



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Being Evel tells not just the incredible story behind the myth of 1970s American daredevil icon and pioneer for todays Extreme Sports scene Robert "Evel" Knievel, but also the previously untold and very much darker tale of the man behind the flamboyant cape; a one-time outlaw whose wildly dangerous career spanned 75 ramp-to-ramp motorbike jumps and saw him break every bone in his body.

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Critic Reviews for Being Evel

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  • There was a real darkness there - behind the American flags and the fringed jackets and the fireworks - and Being Evel, to its credit, isn't afraid to face it.

    Aug 22, 2015 | Full Review…
  • It doesn't illuminate the guy's character beyond what's obvious. Nor does it bestow much depth upon Knievel.

    Aug 21, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • "Being Evel" treads a fine line, making it clear that its subject was a heroic symbol of his times and a clear sports innovator while also acknowledging - and there's no getting around this - that the guy was a huge jerk.

    Aug 21, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • A savvy documentary that gives the granddaddy of extreme sports his due while gauging the national climate that welcomed his shrewdly timed arrival.

    Aug 20, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Even if Daniel Junge's documentary falls a bit short of its goal, it deserves points for trying.

    Aug 20, 2015 | Full Review…
  • "Being Evel" largely nails his story.

    Aug 20, 2015 | Full Review…

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