Viva Knievel!

Viva Knievel!

Gordon Douglas (1977)

PG Certificate


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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.


Stunt rider Evel Knievel prepares for his greatest ever feat of daring, while also helping out lonely orphans and bringing about a reconciliation between his alcohol-sodden mechanic and his son. However, Knievel does not realise that drug smugglers are planning to murder him. Adventure, starring the motorcyclist as himself alongside Lauren Hutton, Leslie Nielsen, Red Buttons and Gene Kelly. Part of the Gene Kelly season.

Cast & 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
Barton Cameron Mitchell
Tommy Atkins Eric Olson
Cortland Albert Salmi
Ralph Thompson Dabney Coleman
Director Gordon Douglas
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video