American Genre Film Archive


Director Marvin J. Chomsky
Year 1971
Starring George Hamilton, Sue Lyon, Bert Freed, Dub Taylor, Ron Masak.
Run Time 88min
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18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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In the late 1960s and early 1970s, a young man fresh out of the USC film school named John Milius was the most sought-after screenwriter and script doctor in all of Hollywood. He was also was one of the manliest, motorcycle-drivin’, gun-totin’ damned geniuses of his time. George Hamilton heard of his talents, offered to put Milius up at a Palm Springs hotel and provide him with an endless supply of the finest cigars, motorcycles, and loose women if he agreed to rewrite a script about Evel Knievel in which Hamilton would star. Upon arriving in Palm Springs, Milius promptly threw the first draft into the hotel pool. Weeks went by and Hamilton never received a single page, so he decided to cut Milius off completely. The very next day, Hamilton received an entire rewritten script sent by telegram. The result is 1971’s EVEL KNIEVEL, a film quite possibly written in (less than?) a day, and one that brazenly begins with Knievel comparing himself to Christopher Columbus, The Wright Brothers, and Neil Armstrong – to Milius, Knievel is one in a long line of men throughout history who were capable of the impossible. It’s clear that Milius also sees himself as one among history's heroes. (Sam Prime)

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