Being Evel

In the history of sports, few names are more recognizable than that of Evel Knievel. Long after the man hung up his famous white leather jumpsuit and rode his Harley into the sunset, his name is still synonymous with the death-defying lifestyle he led. Notoriously brash, bold, and daring, Knievel stared death in the face from the seat of his motorcycle, but few know the larger-than-life story of the boy from Butte, Montana.


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  • ★★★½ review by onemarathon on Letterboxd

    Having grown up watching Evel doing his daredevil stunts on TV, I felt a bit of a connection to this tell-all documentary. Very well-done, with all the right people talking candidly about Robert Knievel. The man was one of a kind... his daring, his courage, fearlessness, resourcefulness... and then there was his manipulative, darker side. But despite the negative things... hey, Evel lived life on his own terms... and as a real-life superhero, he inspired and influenced people the world over and became one of the most famous people of the 70's.

    Fame and money changed him, though, and people closest to him speak here about the two sides to Evel. Particularly revealing were the behind-the-scenes crazy terrifying events surrounding his Snake Canyon stunt. Seems to be a very honest account of the life of a fascinating man.

  • ★★★½ review by AvenueDave on Letterboxd

    2018 Movie #45. I think it's got pretty much everything you need to know about Evel! Big focus on his jump over the canyon. Feels like that should be a documentary on its own, if it's not already. Well done. I dig the way the interviewees were set up.

  • ★★★½ review by Matt Thomas on Letterboxd

    A fun documentary about a larger than life, if flawed, man. Great access to all the (still living) players and top drawer archive footage.

  • ★★★★ review by Stu Kirwan on Letterboxd

    If anything it could've done with being a little longer. It covers pretty much the entirety of the man's career (although maybe glossing over his early years a little) with some amazing archival footage and photographs.

  • ★★★½ review by Robert Saucedo on Letterboxd

    Great look at a complex man.

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