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.

Director:

Daniel Haller

Writers:

Glen A. Larson (created by), Glen A. Larson
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Hasselhoff ... Michael Long / Michael Knight
Edward Mulhare ... Devon Miles
Phyllis Davis ... Tanya Walker
Pamela Susan Shoop ... Maggie
Lance LeGault ... Vernon Gray
Noel Conlon Noel Conlon ... William Benjamin
Michael D. Roberts ... Jackson
Bert Rosario ... Brown
Richard Anderson ... Dr. Ralph Wesley
Vince Edwards ... Fred Wilson
Richard Basehart ... Wilton Knight
Ed Gilbert ... Charles Acton (as Edmund Gilbert)
Shawn Ora Engemann ... Lonnie (as Shawn Southwick)
Brian Cutler ... Bar Manager
Barret Oliver ... Buddy
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Knight of the Phoenix: Part 1 See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Michael Long's middle name is revealed to be Arthur. See more »

Goofs

During the demolition derby, you can clearly see the ramps used to make KITT go on to 2 wheels and jump over the cars. See more »

Quotes

Devon Miles: [to Wilton, having just seen Michael's new face] Does it strike you that there is an uncanny resemblance between this young fellow and you as a young man?
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Alternate Versions

When this was originally aired, Larry Anderson's real voice was used for Michael Long. In subsequent airings, David Hasselhoff's voice is dubbed over. See more »

Connections

Edited into Knight Rider: A Nice, Indecent Little Town (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Peaceful, Easy Feeling
Written by Jack Tempchin (uncredited)
Performed by Eagles (uncredited)
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How about a movie?
25 August 2002 | by rodentsfoeSee 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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