"I am the last gladiator in the New Rome."
- Evel Knievel purports to be a biography of the life of the real EvelKnievel. The movie presents stories and episodes from different periodsthroughout his life. We see Evel as a young boy in Butte, Montana. Wesee him grow to become a local hoodlum. We see him meet, date, kidnap,and marry his wife. We see him on his first paying job as a motorcycledaredevil. We see him in the hospital after his horrific crash atCeasar's Palace. All of this is presented in a series of flashbacks asEvel prepares himself to make a jump over 19 cars.
- I have no idea how much of what is presented is true. I feelconfident, however, that there are quite a few dramatic licenses takenwith Evel's life. For example, I sincerely doubt someone could beresponsible for two dynamite explosions in the City Hall on the samenight and no one notice who was responsible. Don't you think the policemight have asked the local dynamite dealer if anyone had recently madea purchase? I sincerely believe Evel would have spent a considerableamount of time in prison if this episode of his life, as presented,were true.
- The "Tan Man", George Hamilton (who also produced the movie), playsEvel. And while he may bear no resemblance to the real man, he does adecent job copying Evel's walk and speech pattern.
- While the movie is not great, there are a couple of moments in thefilm that make it worth watching at least once.