Viva Knievel!

  • PG
  • Gordon Douglas (1977)
  • US
  • 99 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

Not to be confused with the better biographical tale of stuntman Evel Knievel that starred George Hamilton, 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. Directed by veteran Gordon Douglas and featuring Lauren Hutton, Gene Kelly, Cameron Mitchell and Leslie Nielsen among the cast, this is vanity cinema with a vengeance: the opening sequence involving Knievel and a group of orphans is truly amazing. However, it's always a pleasure to watch the work of true professionals such as Douglas and Kelly, as they manage to save this from becoming a complete laughing stock.

Plot Summary

Action thriller starring motorbike stuntman Evel Knievel, Gene Kelly and Lauren Hutton. A crooked promoter plots to have the legendary daredevil "accidentally" killed while he's on tour in Mexico, then use the return of the body to the US as cover for a consignment of drugs.

Cast and crew


Evel Knievel
Evel Knievel
Will Atkins
Gene Kelly
Kate Morgan
Lauren Hutton
Ben Andrews
Red Buttons
Stanley Millard
Leslie Nielsen
Frank Gifford
Frank Gifford
Sister Charity
Sheila Allen
Cameron Mitchell
Tommy Atkins
Eric Olson
Albert Salmi
Ralph Thompson
Dabney Coleman


Gordon Douglas

Other Information

Available on video
Certificate PG