Knight Rider (1982–1986)
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Knight of the Phoenix: Part 1 

A detective, believed to have been killed, is given a new face and identity and is armed with an artificially intelligent super car.

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When a young detective is ambushed in a failed police stake out, he is believed to have been killed. In reality, he revives and learns that his face has been altered and his identity has been changed to Micheal Knight. The person responsible for this is Wilton Knight, a dying billionare who, convinced that one man can make a difference, has selected Micheal for the role as a crime-fighter. Now armed with a advanced car called KITT which has the equivalent armor of a battle tank, capable of speeds over 300 MPH and contains an artificial intelligence computer personality as an aide, Micheal agrees to perform his assigned role. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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A young man set on revenge. His partner... an indestructible car.

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Action | Crime | Drama | Sci-Fi

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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26 September 1982 (USA)  »

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The running gag of the two car thieves trying to steal K.I.T.T. was written, shot and inserted after the first cut of the pilot was seven minutes too short See more »

Goofs

David Hasselhoff is more heavily built than, and has a thicker neck than, the actor who portrays Michael Long in the opening sequence of the show. See more »

Quotes

Michael Knight: [feeling K.I.T.T.'s hood under the impression that it's his own Pontiac] What's this, a new paint job? It feels like baby skin.
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Connections

Edited into Knight Rider: Junk Yard Dog (1985) See more »

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Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow
Written by Christine McVie (uncredited)
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How about a movie?
25 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

I have been waiting YEARS for there to be a remake of this wonderful science fiction series. But every time they try and remake it they make a mistake - making it a "team Knight Rider" instead of "one man can make a difference," for instance.

"The Knight of the Phoenix" was the original story of Michael Long being betrayed by a woman and shot in the face, only to be "reborn" as Michael Knight under the auspices of the wealthy, humane and brilliant Wilton Knight. Similar to the first Batman movie, this mythology is ripe for the remaking into a blockbuster movie. But no one has picked up on this yet - why? All I can say is, David Hasselhoff, please spend some of your money in this direction!


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