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KNIGHT RIDER: GIVE ME LIBERTY... OR GIVE ME DEATH

January 21, 1983
SEASON 1, EPISODE 15
WORKING TITLE: "The Great Race"
Production #57323
Filmed: December 23, 1982 - January 4, 1983 (14)
Reruns: September 4, 1983 & July 1, 1984

Writer: .................... David Braff
Director: .................. Bernard L. Kowalski

SYNOPSIS:

Michael and K.I.T.T. enter an alternative fuel road rally in an attempt to discover who has been sabotaging the race.

CAST LIST:

Liberty Cox: ............... Robin Dearden
Clark Sellers: ............. Brett Halsey
Ed Shaw: ................... Alan Fudge
Dorothy Ackridge: .......... Francine Lembi
Helmut Gras: ............... Kai Wulff
Dr. Kempler: ............... Kenneth Tigar
Hito Osaka: ................ Sab Shimono
Sonny Prince: .............. Richard Young
Hashi Al Qatar: ............ Adam Ageli
Lester Prince: ............. Gary Houston Phillips
Director: .................. Frank Pesce
P.A. Announcer: ............ Robert Balderson

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TRIVIA:

Look carefully in the background at the start and finish of the road race and you'll see the Bates Motel from the Psycho movies. It appears deliberately in the third season episode Halloween Knight.

Robin Dearden also appears in the episode Buy Out. Kai Wulff also returns in the third season, playing the mobile assassin Flood in Custom Made Killer.

This episode was rebroadcast during the show's second season on NBC.

This episode contains another dig at rival show The Dukes of Hazzard: The Prince brothers perish in their orange Dodge Charger when a bomb is detonated by the saboteur. At the time, NBC were keen to play up the rivalry between the two series; early Knight Rider promotional posters sat K.I.T.T. next to an orange Dodge Charger proclaiming "The Competition is No Competition."

SCRIPT TO SCREEN:

The scene in which Devon informs Michael of the case went through various changes between script and screen. As written it was to take place in the semi immediately before Michael asks Bonnie out to dinner. It was later shifted to the set for Devon's office, and a chunk of the unused footage makes it to the episode's Teaser ("K.I.T.T. can win this race with one booster behind his back."). The episode itself re-edits the sequence, having Devon brief Michael from his office on K.I.T.T.'s monitor.

Dorothy Ackridge was originally named Dorothy Arnold.

SCRIPT - 3RD DRAFT - REV. 12/20/82
SCRIPT - 5TH DRAFT - REV. 12/23/82

NITPICKS:

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FILMING LOCATIONS:

Race:
Parque Xalapa, Covina, CA 91724

Finish Line:
Universal Studios Backlot, Falls Lake

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TEASER:

Teaser

SOUNDTRACK:

Hold Me
- Fleetwood Mac
Hurts So Good
- John Cougar Mellencamp

VEHICLES:

1969 Dodge Charger
1982 Datsun 200SX
1969 Ford Mustang
Custom-Made Sandrail
1974 Dodge B-200

K.I.T.T.'S FUNCTIONS:

Auto Cruise
Auto Door Left
Auto Phone
Chemical Detectors
Electronic Sensors
Grappling Hook
Infrared Tracking Scope
Radar
Rocket Fire
Schematic Visuals
Surveillance Mode
Tinted Windows
Turbo Boost (x2)
Winch

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