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“Viva Knievel!” Podcast Movie Review

Gene Kelly and Evel Knievel in Viva Knievel!

Viva Knievel! – Dare Daniel Podcast Episode 110

“Viva Corky!”

We celebrate Corky’s birthday by squeezing into our iconic stars-and-bars jumpsuits and reviewing Evel Knievel in Viva Knievel! It’s as moth-eaten a movie as you’ll ever see, with only the messianic egomania of its star to differentiate it from a thousand other duds.

Daniel and Corky discuss orphanage break-ins, helmet crowns and Stratocycle suicides.

VIVA KNIEVEL! FACTS AND FIGURES

This week’s movie-themed cocktail: Tommy Wallbanger (1.0 oz. Cazadores blanco tequila; 0.5 oz. Corralejo reposado tequila; 0.5 oz. El Dorado 15-Year Rum; 0.5 oz. Galliano L’Autentico; 1.0 oz. lime juice; 2.5 oz. orange juice; 1 tsp. agave nectar; 2 dashes El Guapo Fuego bitters; 1 dash El Guapo Polynesian Kiss bitters; shake over ice and strain into a glass filled with ice)

U.S. theatrical release: June 1, 1977

Critics scores: 17 on Rotten Tomatoes

This week’s darer: Dean Longenecker

Dean’s dare: “In honor of Corky, I subjected myself to this 1977 dud. I can’t in good faith recommend this to anyone unless they like being tortured. Everything that’s bad about 70s movies is in here. Feel sorry for the cast, which is pretty good for the time, having to be involved with this movie.”

IMDB synopsis: “He’s powered his Harley over cars, trucks, lions, infernos and plummeted headlong into a canyon. But if the mob has its way, his next incredible leap will land him six feet under.”

This week’s referenced movies: Evel Knievel (1971); Jaws: The RevengeCosmic SinMegaforceSingin’ in the RainThe Babe Ruth StoryThe Dark CrystalThe Naked Gun movies; Assassins (1995)Rabbit TestBrewster McCloudThe Royal TenenbaumsThe OmenDumb and DumberThe Wedding PlannerThe Manchurian Candidate (1962); Raiders of the Lost ArkBeverly Hills CopGymkataRaging Bull; Airplane!

Ratings: Daniel – Dare; Corky – Reverse Dare

CLIPS AND CLIPPINGS

Original trailer for Viva Knievel!

Evel at the orphanage

Caesar’s Palace crash

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