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 Michael Knight. The person responsible for this is Wilton Knight, a dying billionaire who, convinced that one man can make a difference, has selected Michael for the role as a crime-fighter. Now armed with an 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, Michael 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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Trivia

In the UK, a repeat showing of this movie in 1988 (in feature-length format) made the weeks viewing chart, clocking up 12.0 million viewers on it's broadcast on Friday 1st April. (It was billed as 'Knight Rider - The Movie'). See more »

Goofs

Just after KITT has been taken by the car thieves, KITT returns. However with the kind of car seats the Trans Am has, you can see day light through the passenger seat headrest but not through the drivers seat. Then in the next shot you can clearly see the stunt driver's arms just as 'KITT' pulls up along side Michael Knight. See more »

Quotes

Michael Long: [communicating via earpiece] Muntzy, be careful...
Muntzy: Hey, hey, I got ten years on ya, buddy. I'm the original man of steel. You're the one I'm worried about, you're in that bed of snakes.
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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

Carolina In My Mind
Written by James Taylor (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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Country:

USA

Language:

Greek | English

Release Date:

26 September 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Knight of the Phoenix: Part 1 See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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