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Knight Rider 2000 (1991)

TV-PG | | Action, Sci-Fi | TV Movie 19 May 1991
In the future, guns are banned and criminals are frozen for the duration of their sentences. A recent spate of killings involving handguns brings Michael Knight back to fight for justice, ... See full summary »

Director:

Alan J. Levi

Writers:

Rob Hedden, Glen A. Larson (characters)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Hasselhoff ... Michael Knight
Edward Mulhare ... Devon Miles
Susan Norman ... Officer Shawn McCormick
Carmen Argenziano ... Russell Maddock / K.I.F.T.
Eugene Clark ... Officer Kurt Miller
Megan Butler Megan Butler ... Officer Marla Hedges
Mitch Pileggi ... Thomas J. Watts
Christine Healy ... Commissioner Ruth Daniels
Lou Beatty Jr. ... Mayor Harold Abbey
Francis Guinan ... Dr. Jeffrey Glassman
John Cannon Nichols John Cannon Nichols ... Lieutenant Justin Strand
James Doohan ... James 'Scotty' Doohan
Chris Bonno ... Andrew
Robert F. Cawley ... Prison Guard
Philip Hafer Philip Hafer ... Charlie (as Phillip Hafer)
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Storyline

In the future, guns are banned and criminals are frozen for the duration of their sentences. A recent spate of killings involving handguns brings Michael Knight back to fight for justice, but he insists on the help of KITT, his artificially-intelligent car from decades ago. The only problem is that KITT has been deactivated. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Action | Sci-Fi

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Trivia

The film contains several attempts to predict what the then-future world of the Year 2000 would hold, most of which have proved off the mark. See more »

Goofs

When Michael finds out that K.I.T.T. has been completely dismantled, there are boxes which hold most of his parts. You can see a normal car steering wheel sticking out on the top box. K.I.T.T. never had a steering wheel; he had a steering yoke. See more »

Quotes

K.I.T.T.: Is that you, Michael?
Michael Knight: Yeah.
K.I.T.T.: You look like crap.
Michael Knight: Well, so do you, pal.
K.I.T.T.: At least I have an excuse. You've obviously gone down the toilet since we split up, Michael. Get a life.
Michael Knight: I got a life and a body, too, which is more I than I can say for you.
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Alternate Versions

In the Sci-Fi Channel's airing of the movie, we see numerous edits and one addition from the original NBC version:
  • When we first see Michael Knight, the movie immediately cuts to Michael walking down the dock, instead of showing him drive his boat to the dock.
  • Shawn's birthday party is entirely cut. Kurt drops her off at her apartment, she asks him to run a ballistics on the handgun, and it cuts to where Michael and Devon are speaking in the garage.
  • In the garage scene, the movie blanks out the word "ass".
  • After KITT is reactivated, the movie cuts to a commercial, and then returns with Adam 2020, Kurt and Shawn's unit, already in pursuit to the robbery.
  • The conversation where Devon reveals the fact that police officers might be involved in the gun-running is cut. The movie picks up after a commercial break with KITT complaining of his new body.
  • In the scene where Maddock and Shawn are discussing agendas at her interview, the line goes "I was shot point-blank in the head-"at this second, the rest of the dialogue is blanked out, eliminating "... and I wanna nail the bastard that did it. That's my agenda, what's yours?" The sound is restored as Michael enters the room.
  • When KITT and the Knight 4000 square off, the second uttering of "ass" is blanked out.
  • When Shawn decided to drive Michael's Chevy, after she starts the engine, the movie cuts to a commercial and cuts out the banter between Michael and Shawn on the road as KITT takes them for the ride of their lives, and cuts to near the end where KITT almost crashes into a garbage truck.
  • After Shawn finds out she was betrayed, the movie breaks into a commercial (same place where NBC originally cut for a commercial). The movie returns with Michael on the side of the highway with KITT with Adam 2525 pulling up behind them. The scene where Shawn and Kurt interact in the locker room is cut.
  • The conversation in the prison regarding Watts is entirely cut, and the movie returns from the commercial break with KITT telling Michael that he is detecting some "company." That leads into an extra scene in the movie not seen in the NBC version. It takes place just before we see KITT speeding by the crane on the train tracks. We see a brand new shot of the police cars speeding away from the camera.
  • After Devon is killed, Michael returns to the garage to say goodbye and punches Maddock. The movie then cuts into a commercial and then returns with Shawn telling Michael that she had "the techies look KITT over." The opening dialogue with Shawn admitting to Michael that she had him "pegged as a loser" when they first met was cut.
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Connections

Followed by Knight Rider 2010 (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Knight Rider 2000
Music by Jan Hammer
Available on Miramar Records
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This film is ripe with the stench of back bacon
7 August 2004 | by praetaxSee all my reviews

This film while it has some good points is a fine example of what happens when Canadian's get their hands on high octane 80's action shows. They did it to Airwolf and the tried to do it to Knight Rider.

This was obviously a pilot episode for a show that never was and the reasons it never was are obvious. The idea was fine but the execution left a lot to be desired. The flaws are even more apparent after watching the first season episodes and the original pilot in the same DVD set.

The original show had the right idea and concept behind it. The car is the star of the show, it is indestructible, and has an arrogant personality to match. Combine that with the music that keeps you pumped into the action, a bunch of gratuitous explosions, death defying stunts and a pre-Baywatch David Hasselhoff and you have a certifiable 80's hit.

The first misfire in this project was taking the car out of the equation for 60% of it. I can understand that the Knight 4000 Pontiac Banshee was a little more expensive and one of a kind then the Knight 2000 Firebird but they didn't even present us with a single stunt that couldn't have been performed by an '84 Dodge Omni with fake wood paneling. On a positive note the new car itself had the potential of being really cool. The Banshee concept car is a sleek and cool update of the Firebird from the original series and seems to fit what we'd like to see as the KITT of the future. I think they should have painted it black, as a bright Red car tends to stand out almost as much as Starsky and Hutch's striped tomato. I understand they didn't have the budget to make several Banshee's to do the terrific stunts the original show had, but they could have tried a little harder to up the action with the car.

The second big problem was the music. The original score was exactly that, original. You could identify the show by its theme alone; it is almost as famous as the car. Knight Rider 2000 seemed to emphasize the kind of synthesizer music that the worst fare on the sci-fi channel usually gets. It's very soft, it's very soothing and it sounds like it should be on a relaxation tape and not an action show.

Third. I hate the way that shows like this exploit the future or at least how shows used to exploit that great year 2000. It was as if they felt that they could slap the year 2000 on a show and make it seem like is somewhere in the 24th century. They tend to present a time where Utopian societies formed almost overnight and replaced years of humanities attempts to prevent anything of the sort. I'm not holding this critique of this show alone, they did it throughout the 90's almost up to y2k when they realized, you know what it's nearly the year 2000 and society hasn't suddenly and magically morphed into an idealistic utopia like in star trek, nor has it been taken over by rampaging robots or evil computers. So why is it that they, in 1991, would assume for some reason that we would suddenly invent a cryogenic prison system, amazing brain transfer devices, sonic stun guns and the complete outlaw of all handguns by the year 2000. Now if I'm not mistaken things like this usually take about ten to twenty years to perfect and put into real practice, yet they felt that nine years later all of these magical changes would take place. Combine that with their jokes about President Dan Quayle, as if a gun ban would pass under that kind of administration.

The Fourth major issue is once again we find ourselves in an unnamed American city that looks suspiciously like Vancouver. It's like Stargate SG-1 "See the Universe of Vancouver" cause to quote the great Buckaroo Banzai "No mater where you go, there you are." I suppose it's no worse then in the 70's and 80's when every unnamed American city was LA. But it seems to me that when you have an action show against criminals you set it in some place like LA. Not to knock Vancouver's own criminal element, especially in the Utopian future of the year 2000, but Canadian shows always come off as somewhat stale, dry cleaned and pressed in a such a way that seems to brush away the gritty nature of classic American TV.

What is Knight Rider without KITT? I'll tell you what it is; it's David Hasselhoff and his partner running around with a sonic stun gun in a shopping mall. It was the action and the car that made the original show what it was, and by trying to up the science fiction angle to cover for the lack of anything going on in the plot or on the screen it made for a very long hour and a half. Unlike the producers of KR2k Hasselhoff figured out the right way to present this kind of mundane action, and while that show is not remembered for it's plots or it action, it is remembered for all the hot women running around in Bikini's. The failure of this to take off is the same as the failure of Baywatch Nights. David Hasselhoff - hot women in swim suits and - action stunt talking car = something that will be popular in Germany but leave the rest of the world scratching its head.


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Language:

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