Viva Knievel! (1977) - Rotten Tomatoes

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
Sheila Allen
as Sister Charity
Eric Olson
as Tommy Atkins
Albert Salmi
as Cortland
Dabney Coleman
as Ralph Thompson
Robert Tafur
as Governor Garcia
Ernie F. Orsatti
as Norman Clark
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.

August 4, 2015 | Full Review…

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.

August 4, 2015 | Full Review…

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

August 4, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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.

August 4, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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

August 4, 2015 | Full Review…

Jaw-droppingly stupid.

July 24, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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