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Nick Knight (1989)

Not Rated | | Horror | TV Movie 20 August 1989
Detective Nick Knight is investigating a series of murders in which the bodies are found drained of blood - but the most recent one doesn't fit the pattern. Instead it involves the cure ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rick Springfield ... Det. Nick Knight
John Kapelos ... Det. Don Schanke
Robert Harper ... Dr. Jack Brittington
Richard Fancy ... Capt. Brunetti
Laura Johnson ... Dr. Alyce Hunter
Craig Richard Nelson ... Fenner
Fran Ryan ... Jeannie
Cec Verrell ... Janette
Jack Murdock Jack Murdock ... Topper
Michael Nader ... Lacroix
Gregory Wagrowski Gregory Wagrowski ... Detective Jessell
David Byrd David Byrd ... Guard #2
Irene Miracle ... Nurse
Al Fann ... Dedrick
Davis Roberts ... Dr. Dave


Detective Nick Knight is investigating a series of murders in which the bodies are found drained of blood - but the most recent one doesn't fit the pattern. Instead it involves the cure that Nick has been searching for for decades, so that he himself can face the light of day. Later remade as the first two episodes of Forever Knight. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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failed pilot | police | vampire | See All (3) »


It's taken two hundred years but this cops past is about to catch up with him.




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Release Date:

20 August 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Midnight Cop See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


A failed pilot, although the show was later remade into 'Forever Knight' (1992), with an entirely new cast, except for John Kapelos who reprised his role as Det. Don Schanke. See more »


Wires are visible when Nick lifts up the bouncer outside the club. See more »


Nick: I am what I am, and I don't think Betty Ford takes vampires.
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Remade as Forever Knight (1992) See more »


Real Love
Performed by Jody Watley
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Far Better Then the Cheap Toronto Version
28 October 2007 | by ducdebrabantSee all my reviews

"Forever Knight" was a cheesy show, but the TV movie it was taken from -- "Nick Knight" -- with Rick Springfield was brilliant. It had much better production values than "Forever Knight" and it was both hipper and grittier. And it was better than the episode of "Moonlight" -- a suspiciously similar series -- I saw.

Rick drove a big-ass vintage pink Cadillac, because if he was caught when the sun came up it had the largest trunk available for him to dive into and hibernate until night. He was working with a sympathetic coroner to try and wean himself from blood (which in any case he never took from people -- he had blood lab bottles in his refrigerator).

The coroner guy was a cross between a friend, an AA sponsor, and a medical researcher. Rick was often strung out from their regimen, just like a recovering addict. Not only did he have withdrawal symptoms if he didn't get enough plasma, but real food -- which he was trying to break into eating -- tended to make him sick. His relationship with this guy was the central ongoing one in the story. He lived in an apartment carved out of a Grauman-type movie palace (it was the upper lobby or something) so it had all this over the top decor that was both vampire and Old L.A. in feeling.

Springfield gave Nick a troubled rock star feel, hot and somewhat elegantly wasted. He was struggling with his life, and he just happened to have the hottest car, the coolest apartment, and the best jacket. He was such a good detective that the L.A.P.D. indulged his eccentric insistence on working only at night.

They should have simply greenlighted the show just the way it was, with Springfield in it, but instead it ended up an underbudgeted Canadian series with no realistic underpinnings, a lot of costume flashbacks, and Geraint Wynn-Davies's somewhat actorish performance. What's more, the minute Wynn-Davies got the part he started putting on weight and kept putting it on. I hated, hated, hated that show.

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