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      Viva Knievel!

      PG Released Jun 1, 1977 1h 44m Action List
      14% Tomatometer 7 Reviews 12% Audience Score 100+ Ratings The motorcycle daredevil (Evel Knievel) is lured to Mexico by drug dealers who plan to kill him for his truck. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Andrew Nickolds Time Out A mountain of self-love, revealing stunt biker Knievel as a saintly combination of Batman and Billy Graham. Aug 4, 2015 Full Review Variety Staff Variety 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. Aug 4, 2015 Full Review Daniel Barnes Dare Daniel Its as moth-eaten a movie as youll ever see, with only the messianic egomania of its star to differentiate it from a thousand other duds. Rated: 2/5 May 3, 2022 Full Review TV Guide Evel Knievel stars as Evel Knievel in a film about Evel Knievel. Nothing more need be said. Rated: 1/5 Aug 4, 2015 Full Review Tony Sloman Radio Times 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. Rated: 2/5 Aug 4, 2015 Full Review Clancy Sigel The Spectator If you're into a giggle Viva Knievel! may appall but I don't think will bore you. Aug 4, 2015 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member This isn't a great movie by any stretch of the imagination but it is an enjoyable one. The character version of Evel Knievel in this movie (to distinguish from the real person) reminds me a lot of the character versions of himself that El Santo would play on film. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member 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. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Audience Member Clearly an Evel Knieval vanity project and a somewhat fascinating one. Leslie Nielsen is the bad guy and it's kind of awesome. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member The perfect movie for any MST 3K types to have fun with! Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member A death defying motorcycle daredevil, Evel Knievel, goes on a tour in Mexico, where a group of drug smugglers are plotting to sneak cocaine past the U.S. boarder in his truck - and his coffin. Starring famous real life daredevil Knievel as himself, and strangely also starring Gene Kelly in a supporting role and Leslie Nielsen as a baddie, this film is a laughable disaster. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member It's difficult to consider Viva Knievel an entertaining film, much less deriving any entertainment value from it. It's not a good movie, and those that see it will agree with that. It is, however, a bit of a curiosity, mainly because of its star. The plot of the film itself involves a ring of bad guys looking to kill off Evil Knievel while he performs in Mexico and send back to the U.S. a large amount of drugs in his coffin so that customs and border patrol won't find it. It's a dumb plot, but there are some great working actors in it. You have Leslie Nielsen, Cameron Mitchell and Marjoe Gortner, but you also have Lauren Hutton, who's absolutely terrible in the movie (mainly because her and Knievel didn't get along) and you have Gene Kelly, late in his career. Knievel himself is no actor either, and it's strange seeing a fictionalized version of him with a love interest when he was married and had kids in real life at the time. The film does have several unintentionally funny moments, enhanced by the folks at Rifftrax, but if you're looking for a '70's oddity, then look no further. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis The motorcycle daredevil (Evel Knievel) is lured to Mexico by drug dealers who plan to kill him for his truck.
      Director
      Gordon Douglas
      Producer
      Stanley Hough
      Screenwriter
      Antonio Santillan, Norman Katkov
      Distributor
      Warner Bros. Pictures
      Production Co
      Warner Brothers/Seven Arts
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Action
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jun 1, 1977, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 19, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 44m
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