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True Evel

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Evel Knievel was one of the 20th Century’s greatest entertainers, a true daredevil who risked his life to push the boundaries of showmanship and win the hearts of millions of fans. Behind this self-styled American icon, who was a role model to children and preached about staying in school and living right, there was a man who lived a limitless and often debaucherous lifestyle. Tracing Knievel’s early childhood in Butte, MT, and rise from simple stunt man to American brand, inspiring countless entertainers, a line of toys and even a Marvel Comic by harnessing the power of publicity and marketing with outlandish stunts, this one-hour special will use archival footage and interviews with family, friends and colleagues to document his rise from small-town fairs to sold-out stadiums and infamous jumps, such as the one over the fountains at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, winding up with his final, penniless days.