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'Being Evel' a savvy Knievel documentary

'Being Evel' a savvy Knievel documentary

Long before we had Tony Hawk or the gonzo "Jackass" dudes, we had Robert Craig "Evel" Knievel, who made the leap from popping wheelies on his Harley along Ventura Boulevard to traversing (ill-fatedly) Idaho's Snake River Canyon by rocket-powered Skycycle. The rise-and-fall trajectory of Knievel's career is colorfully captured in Daniel Junge's "Being Evel," a savvy documentary that gives the granddaddy of extreme sports his due while gauging the national climate that welcomed his shrewdly timed arrival. Riding onto the scene when Vietnam and Watergate had left America in a cynical funk, Knievel became an instant sensation with a...

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