Evel Knievel

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George Hamilton may not have been the perfect actor to play Evel Knievel in this 1972 biopic, but it could have been worse; after all, Knievel himself might have played the role. In fairness, Hamilton is quite serviceable as the famed motorcycle daredevil, whose life is traced from his early barnstorming days in Butte, Montana. Hired by rodeo entrepreneur Dub Taylor, our hero quickly gains a national reputation for his neck-risking stunts, most of these involving jumping over lines of automobiles. Though nearly killed when he attempts to clear the fountain at Las Vegas' Caesars Palace, Knievel survives to pull off even more spectacular stunts. Well cast and excitingly photographed, Evel Knievel is ideal populist entertainment.


George Hamilton
as Evel Knievel
Sue Lyon
as Linda Knievel
Bert Freed
as Doc Kincaid
Rod Cameron
as Charlie Kresson
Dub Taylor
as Turquoise Smith
Hal Baylor
as Sheriff
Betty Bronson
as House Mother
Judith Baldwin
as Sorority Girl
Sylvia Hayes
as Grandma
Joe Davis
as Showgirl #2
Judy Baldwin
as Sorority Girl
Katherine Baumann
as Sorority Girl
Jayne Melon
as Sorority Girl
Cassie Solomon
as Sorority Girl
Bill Hale
as Man on Street
Ben Bentley
as Man in Bar
Ten Henningsen
as Man in Bar
Jan Davis
as Showgirl
Inga Neilsen
as Showgirl
Lee de Broux
as Wrangler
Liv Lindeland
as Girl Photographer
Roger Edington
as Bartender
Frank Ellis
as Rodeo Clown
Mary Grover
as Girl in Ontario
Bob Harris
as Policeman
Johnny Haymer
as Rodeo Cook
Kathy Baumann
as Sorority Girl
Randee Jensen
as Bathtub Girl
Trish Mahoney
as Girl at Rodeo
John Dale McCutchan
as Evel (age 12)
Cliff Medaugh
as Bill, the Banker
Eveline Micone
as Girl Friend
Henry Olek
as Bill Jennings
Barbara Parsons
as Girl at Pond
Pat Setzer
as Little Cowboy
Mike Shak
as Anesthetist
Joey Viera
as Truck Driver
Liv von Linden
as Girl Photographer
John Yates
as Photographer
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  • Feb 01, 2009
    Perpetually tanned George Hamilton is sexy and funny in this sardonic, wry portrayal of the famous stunt biker's cult mystique. The semi-fictionalized character study traces a chain of bizarre episodes, characters and hi-jinks from Knievel's boyhood in Butte to his teenage burglaries, jumping career, spectacular crashes, and finally to his quest to jump the Grand Canyon. (When the National Park Service turned him down, he had to settle for the now controversial Snake River Jump.) This is one of those really offbeat, unusual 1970's dramas, the kind of arty film that isn't made anymore. Hard to find, but uniquely entertaining and worth the watch if you can.
    Pamela D Super Reviewer

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