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Viva Knievel! (1977)

Motorcycle stuntman Evel Knievel is offered a fortune to perform in Mexico. What Evel doesn't know is that they're planning to kill him and use his body to ship cocaine into the U.S. His ... See full summary »

Director:

Gordon Douglas

Writers:

Antonio Santean (screenplay) (as Antonio Santillan), Norman Katkov (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Evel Knievel ... Himself
Gene Kelly ... Will Atkins
Lauren Hutton ... Kate Morgan
Red Buttons ... Ben Andrews
Leslie Nielsen ... Stanley Millard
Cameron Mitchell ... Barton
Frank Gifford ... Himself
Eric Olson Eric Olson ... Tommy Atkins
Sheila Allen ... Sister Charity
Albert Salmi ... Cortland
Dabney Coleman ... Ralph Thompson
Ernie F. Orsatti ... Norman Clark (as Ernie Orsatti)
Sidney Clute ... Andy
Robert Tafur Robert Tafur ... Governor Garcia
Marjoe Gortner ... Jessie
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Storyline

Motorcycle stuntman Evel Knievel is offered a fortune to perform in Mexico. What Evel doesn't know is that they're planning to kill him and use his body to ship cocaine into the U.S. His chief mechanic, who is an alcoholic, is weary of the whole thing and discovers something, but before he can tell Evel he is sent to a rehab clinic for drug addicts, which Evel doesn't believe he is. He goes to see him who tells Evel what he found out but is still in the dark as what is happening. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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mechanic | mexico | fan | drugs | stunt | See All (17) »

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The one and only real live Evel Knievel in his first dramatic movie role.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Seconds to Live See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Silent partner Irwin Allen ended up directing 80 percent of this movie after Director Gordon Douglas became ill early in the production. See more »

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During this film various characters put on helmets 20+ times and never does anyone use a chin strap, thus rendering the helmets basically useless. See more »

Quotes

Ralph Thompson: This is an American facility and we only deal with Americans.
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Music by John Philip Sousa
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The stunts were great, but I could jump over the plot.
8 March 1999 | by dwhite-2See all my reviews

Evel was a great showman, and was incredibly popular in the 1970's. For those who missed that era, or chose to forget it, at least Evel had the skill to back up the hype. There are a few stunt scenes that bear this out, including a great two-person tour around and through a small stadium on Evel's bike.

But that's about it; the plot is pretty simple, and the criminals are as stereotyped as they come. Sit back, enjoy the stunts and flashback to the 70's for a while.


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