Viva Knievel! (1977)




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Gordon M. Douglas' kitsch masterpiece starts as Evel Knievel (as himself) sneaks into an orphanage at midnight to distribute Evel Knievel action figures. Miraculously, one little boy casts aside his crutches and begins to walk. The plot kicks in as Evel, heading to a performance in Mexico, finds himself waylaid by nefarious drug dealers, headed by Stanley Millard (Leslie Nielsen), who plans to murder Evel in Mexico and then ship the body back across the border, loaded with drugs. Gene Kelly, of all people, is on hand as Will Atkins, Evel's sloppy-drunk sidekick.
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Evel Knievel
as Himself
Lauren Hutton
as Kate Morgan
Gene Kelly
as Will Atkins
Red Buttons
as Ben Andrews
Leslie Nielsen
as Stanley Millard
Frank Gifford
as Himself
Sheila Allen
as Sister Charity
Eric Olson
as Tommy Atkins
Albert Salmi
as Cortland
Dabney Coleman
as Ralph Thompson
Ernie F. Orsatti
as Norman Clark
Robert Tafur
as Governor Garcia
Marjoe Gortner
as Jessie Hammond
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Critic Reviews for Viva Knievel!

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

A mountain of self-love, revealing stunt biker Knievel as a saintly combination of Batman and Billy Graham.

Full Review… | August 4, 2015
Time Out
Top Critic

Evel the actor emerges from the wreck in better shape than the bent careers of his veteran co-stars, Gene Kelly, Marjoe Gortner, Red Buttons, Lauren Hutton and Leslie Nielsen.

Full Review… | August 4, 2015
Top Critic

Evel Knievel stars as Evel Knievel in a film about Evel Knievel. Nothing more need be said.

Full Review… | August 4, 2015
TV Guide

This amazingly kitsch one-off stars the man himself, a non-actor if ever there was one, in a movie so absurd it simply has to be seen to be believed.

Full Review… | August 4, 2015
Radio Times

If you're into a giggle Viva Knievel! may appall but I don't think will bore you.

Full Review… | August 4, 2015
The Spectator

Jaw-droppingly stupid.

Full Review… | July 23, 2007

Audience Reviews for Viva Knievel!

This film probably isn't as faithful to the real Knievel as it tries to be, which makes him a bit silly at times. Otherwise- it's a pretty long dull movie. The drama isn't that exciting, and the plot is very generic. It never gets as exciting as you'd think it would be.

Wes Shad
Wes Shad

Was Knievel really considered a good role-model for children? C'mon kids, say no to drugs and yes yes yes to death-defying stunts!

Alex Carawan
Alex Carawan

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