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Evel Knievel

3.4 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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He soars over snarling cougars and crates of poisonous snakes. Hurtles rows of buses, slams through walls of flame. Defies precipitous canyons and ornate hotel fountains. Garners wealth, fame and a Guinness Book of Records-setting 35 broken bones. "It's going to be anything but dull," Evel Knievel says about his life. Decked out in red, white and blue and exuding bravado, George Eads (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) plays the title role and John Badham (Saturday Night Fever) directs this decades-spanning story of the hard-living, steel-straddling man who went to daredevil extremes long before there was anything called Extreme Sports. Hop on and hang on. It's time to fly with Evel Knievel.

DVD Features:
Audio Commentary:Audio commentary by star George Eads and director John Badham
TV Spot


Special Features

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Product Details

  • Actors: George Eads, Jaime Pressly, Lance Henriksen, Matt Gordon, Peter MacNeill
  • Directors: John Badham
  • Writers: Jason Horwitch, Steve Mandich
  • Producers: Bruce Davey, Clara George, Eveleen Bandy, Howard Braunstein, Jan Korbelin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Turner Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: August 2, 2005
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009GX1DS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,171 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Evel Knievel" on IMDb

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I thought the George Hamilton (1971) biopic of Evel was hokey but Eads' version is simply terrible. This movie is flawed and very poorly thought out. Eads is a good actor on CSI and Jaime Pressly is OK on the TV show "My name is Earl", but they were both miscast in this film. To top it off, the movie opens in 1950 and features a Jerry Lee Lewis song that wasn't even recorded until the LATE 50's! They should have put a song in that was relevant to the times Evel grew up in. To make matters worse, Evel looks 7 in the scene, but he would have been 12 by 1950.

Jamie Pressly plays Linda Bork as a gum-smacking redneck glamor girl with a nasty "southern" accent---in Butte Montana! Linda Bork, by most accounts, was a nice girl who eventually fell in love with Evel, despite his hard ways. In this film, Pressly portrays her as an aggressive, dolled-up hooker-type. To nitpick even more, Knievel had a clean-cut look in the sixties but Eads has a bushy mullet-wig throughout.

Q: Why was Lance Henriksen in this film?
A: To show young Bobby Knievel how to cleanse his bowels by eating the shells of roasted peanuts while incarcerated. What.......? Great actor. Must've needed the money.

One thing the film includes is the death of Evel's father-in-law, played by Beau Bridges. It's a topic that few documentaries or films cover. But when father-Bork dies, the audience has little sympathy due to the poor character development.

If you want to know about Evel, avoid this film (I love Knievel and bought the DVD for a few bucks just to have it in my collection). Get "Spectacular Jumps", "Gladiators" (the longer version of "Spectacular jumps" and watch "Absolute Evel: The Evel Knievel story" with Matthew McConaughey.
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When I first watched the broadcast premiere of this movie I thought it was good -- not great -- but good. I thought George Eads did a great job as Evel.

Then this DVD came out and being a George Eads fan, I bought it and glad I did.

The commentary that George Eads and John Badham do in this DVD adds a whole new insight into the filming and what went into making this film. They take you through scene after scene and what was going on to make the scene credible and Eads does a wonderful job of describing what mind set he was in while filming a particular scene.

It added a fresh perspective when watching the movie again and I found I enjoyed it much more this time around.

The commentary alone is worth the price of the movie.

A must for any George Eads fan.
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(October 17, 1938 - November 30, 2007)

RIP Evel, there will never be another daredevil quite like you...
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I had the priviledge of growing up during the time that Evel Knievel soared high during his many death-defying jumps. I must admit, he was my idol back then. To this day, I'm still in awe of all the things he did. While I liked the movie(and think you will to), which stars George Eads(of CSI)playing the title role, I was expecting more about his life. To me, it seemed more like a remake of the 70's "Evel Knievel" film which starred George Hamilton. Not that it's a bad thing as that movie was pretty good. It's just I expected more about his life and his family than just the highlights of his career.

However,John Badham (of Saturday Night Fever fame) did an outstanding job directing this movie. George Eads played a convincing Evel, as well.

All in all, though, the movie is pretty good. Inspiring, to say the least. I really liked it and I think you will, too.
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Enjoyed this movie recently w/ my family. Besides a few mildly profane words, this movie is good for the whole family. This film, which was made for tv, explores Evel's life from a personal frame of reference. No special effects, and no great jump footage, but still, a great Evel piece which examines a true American legend. Well worth the few dollars I paid (around 15 w/ shipping).
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Ok so it is kind of hard to overlook the fact that Evel is played by one of the stars of CSI but it is a good movie. How close to the facts it is, who knows, but what movie about a real person ever is exactly as it should be. I used it as a way to introduce my kids to Evel and they enjoyed the movie, and I enjoyed the movie, and that is all that matters.

Wheelie On!!!
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I won't shy away from the fact that I bought this movie because I am a huge fan of George Eads. If he hadn't been in this movie, I never would've bought it.

Had it not been for him, I probably would've turned it off. He's the only redeeming quality that the movie has to offer. That, and his chemistry with Jamie Pressly . . .
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This movie is good, but there are better evil k. movies out there. That being said it faced some issues the other movies didn't which helps it. I'm a motorcycle movie collector love them even the bad ones which it is not so I guess if you are a collector it fills a hole in your collection.
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