Fans of daredevil Evel Knieval (George Eads, of TV's CSI: Las Vegas
) looking for a puff piece about their death-defying hero need look no further than this by-the-numbers TV biopic directed by John Badham.
Starting with Knievel’s disastrous 1968 jump over the fountains at Las Vegas’s Caesar’s Palace, this chronicle skips back and forth in time. A hellion as a youngster, Robert Craig "Evel" Knievel (George Eads) channels his stubborn streak into his livelihood as an adult. When his motorcycle lot faces bankruptcy, Evel frets about supporting his wife, Linda (Jaime Pressly) and
his kids. With the help of his trusty mechanic, Evel soups up his engine...