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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 »

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Alan J. Levi

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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 of 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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He can see through walls. Feel the heat in your veins. Stop you cold in your tracks. And take you beyond your wildest dreams. See more »

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Action | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Knight Rider 2000 See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The "gold mirror" building featured in this movie is a real building in San Antonio, TX, off of Loop 410. It now houses office space. See more »

Goofs

Most (if not all) the police cars in the movie are Chevrolet Berettas. In the scene where the police are chasing the decoy van that is believed to be hauling the guns, the police cars are clearly Chevrolet Berettas. However, when the villains open the back of the decoy van and fire a missile at the lead police car, the target police car suddenly changes to a totally different car upon impact of the missile. This can be clearly seen with the differences in wheels and headlights in the clips following the explosion (the car on fire has two headlight sections, whereas the Beretta has one). See more »

Quotes

K.I.T.T.: I can't even play a round of Pac-man in here.
Michael Knight: Oh, you're dating yourself, buddy-boy. Pac-man's in the Smithsonian now.
K.I.T.T.: Probably an exhibit or two away from 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

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Knight Rider 2000
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Knight Rider 2000 has great nostalgia that 'Knight Rider' fans will love all over the world!
21 December 2002 | by Old JoeSee all my reviews

As a fan of 'Knight Rider' (1982-86) for as long as I can remember, I was filled with excitement when I saw that they had made a movie bringing back 'Michael Knight and KITT' called Knight Rider 2000. Although it might not be the best movie that has been made, it does embody some of the Knight Rider legacy. The ideology that 'one man can make difference' is presented here for us all to see and remember. Although with Michael Knight in 'KR 2000', you quickly learn that he may no longer be the man that made that 'folklore' so true.

In the Year 2000, criminals are frozen to save the city money and handguns are outlawed. The foundation for Law and Government (F.L.A.G.) under the leadership of Devon Miles and his new partner Russell Maddock seek to secure a new contract with the city, using their new concept car, the Knight 4000. Devon, realising that he may not be able to do it alone, he seeks out the one man who could make a difference when it mattered most - Michael Knight. Michael is reunited with his old partner KITT, while the Knight 4000 is being finished. On the way, F.L.A.G. recruits disgruntled cop Shawn McCormick, who has one of KITT's memory chips planted in her head.

This TV movie does many things that I like. Its idea of what the future might be like is valid, although back in 1991 it would have been hard to accurately depict what would and would not have been around in the year 2000. The story to KR 2000 looks closely at banned handguns, with cops only allowed to use stun guns. Then you have RNA transplants, whereby computer technology can be used to save human life, which would be of great benefit. There is also the brilliant technology, where criminals can be imprisoned by being put to sleep, immediately stopping over crowding in the prison system.

Another positive is the movies characters. The reunion of Michael (David Hasselhoff), Devon (Edward Mulhare) and KITT (William Daniels) was something that I was eagerly awaiting. In fact Michael and KITT's bond is still strong, after many years apart. I love it when KITT says, `That you Michael? You look like crap! You have obviously been flushed down the toilet since we split up. Get a life!' A funny line that only KITT could say. One downer is the demise of Devon in KR 2000, who stuck through the good times and the bad, keeping F.L.A.G. alive.

This movie shows of new characters to Knight Rider, which I found refreshing to say the least. Shawn (Susan Norman) is an ex-cop with a big agenda. I like the performance Norman gives to her character, which must have been a difficult one. The new head shot at the Knight Foundation is Maddock (Carmen Argenziano). While he might do things that are a bit eccentric, he means well and continues what FLAG was set out to do. His character is humourously accused of having 'a chip on his shoulder'.

The bad guys are not so easy to distinguish in KR 2000. The ring leader is the evil Tommy Watts (Mitch Pileggi), who is released early from prison, then causes havoc of great proportions all over the city of Detroit. This man has no conscience when it comes to getting rid of anyone that is a problem. Watts recruits crooked cops to do his dirty work, which include Shawn's former partner Kurt (Eugene Clark) and Officer Marla Hedges (Megan Butler). Hedges is one girl who looks and is mean. Yet for Knight Rider, this movie has a large amount of arrogance, which its story is not accustomed to. Many of its characters are accused of being 'arrogant' at one time or another.

Among this movies other highlights include seeing KITT (the Knight Industry Two Thousand) in action again, all be it in a '57 Chevy, and seeing what a car KIFT (the Knight Industry Four Thousand) really is. With such features as virtual reality (which can save lives) being of great use to the public that it protects. I feel a car with any sort of intelligence to be wonderful, yet with KITT he has 'humanity and a sense of humour' that makes him quite a unique automobile. I also enjoy the final fighting sequences in KR 2000, as they feel just like old times, with Michael and Shawn flexing some muscle when it is needed.

So 'KR 2000' might not be as good as what the TV series was (which had its horrible mistakes as well). What is good about it KR 2000, is that it is perfect for Knight Rider junkies, such as myself, who can not get enough of Michael and KITT strutting their stuff. Of great disappointment to me in this movie, is the lack of air time the new KIFT has, which is only about 25 minutes, not nearly enough in my view. I was not surprised to hear that there is to be a new 'Super Knight Rider 3000' movie to be made. I like the premise, but hope that the movie is not jinxed by a story that is a little out dated. Knight Rider 2000, 'Beyond state-of-the-art'.

CMRS gives 'Knight Rider 2000': 3 (Good Film)


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