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In the moments preceding a particularly difficult jump, motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel reflects back on the events of a lifetime. Starring George Hamilton (who also produces), Evel Knievel sets out to establish the motivations and circumstances that led him to become a legend and inspiration to a whole new generation of extreme sports enthusiasts, including his own son - Robbie. Filmed in Evel Knievel's real life home town of Butte, Montana, the film also costars Sue Lyon and Vic Tayback, who help add back-story and depth to this enigmatic character.
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I always liked the dry comedy of this comical movie of the great Evel Knievel and the actors appearing in this movie. Based on the technology or filming practices of the early 70's, this is an average type of film. Again, other than the lack of restoring this DVD, the movie/disc isn't too terribly bad if you'd seen this movie before but if you've never seen this movie, your probably won't be happy with the bad quality of this DVD.
I was prepared to dislike this movie, mainly because of preconceived notions that I had about George Hamilton and his perpetual bronze tan. I was pleasantly surprised; I thought George Hamilton and Sue Lyons did a good job portraying Robert Craig "Evel" and Linda Knievel, as well as the supporting cast. This is a fun and entertaining movie. The theme song, "I Do What I Please" (Pat Williams) is very catchy. There is even actual footage of Evel's jumps throughout the movie. I was fortunate to save a TV broadcast of the movie to my DVR which had really good video and audio (I wonder what the source video was?). The DVD releases (2002, 2006, 2009, 2014) and the VHS (2002) unfortunately, have video and audio quality that are barely passable.