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KNIGHT RIDER: KNIGHT OF THE PHOENIX

2 HOUR SERIES PREMIERE

September 26, 1982
SEASON 1, EPISODES 1 & 2
Production #57309
2-Part Version: #57375-6
Filmed: July 8-26, August 18-19 & 26, 1982 (1)
Reruns: January 7 & May 13, 1983

Writer: ...................... Glen A. Larson
Contributing Writer: ......... R.A. Cinader
Director: .................... Daniel Haller

SYNOPSIS:

Police officer Michael Long is gunned down in the line of duty after he is betrayed by Tanya Walker, an industrial spy. Saved by dying multi-millionaire Wilton Knight, Long is given a new face, a new identity and a new car: the Knight 2000 -- with a talking computer known as K.I.T.T. Adopting Wilton Knight's credo that "One Man Can Make a Difference," Michael sets out for revenge against Tanya and her crew in his virtually indestructible talking car.

CAST LIST:

Tanya Walker: ................ Phyllis Davis
Maggie: ...................... Pamela Susan Shoop
Grey: ........................ Lance LeGault
William Benjamin: ............ Noel Conlon
Jackson: ..................... Michael D. Roberts
Browne: ...................... Bert Rosario
Dr. Ralph Wesley: ............ Richard Anderson
Fred Wilson: ................. Vince Edwards
Wilton Knight: ............... Richard Basehart
Muntzy: ...................... Herb Jefferson, Jr.
Michael Long: ................ Larry Anderson
Carney: ...................... Charles Napier
Dolan: ....................... John Quade
Logan: ....................... Red West
Deke: ........................ Bill McKinney
Kyle: ........................ Dennis Fimple
Charles Acton: ............... Edmund Gilbert
Lonnie: ...................... Shawn Southwick
Bar Manager: ................. Brian Cutler
Buddy: ....................... Barret Oliver
Symes: ....................... Robert Phillips
Luce: ........................ Alma L. Beltran
Guard: ....................... Ed Hooks
Sally: ....................... Tyler Murray
Doris: ....................... Victoria Harned

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TRIVIA:

Richard (Wilton Knight) Basehart died on September 17, 1984, a few weeks before the third season premiere Knight of the Drones was first telecast. His opening title voice-over continued to be used for the remainder of the series' run. (The first episode to use the narration is Good Day At White Rock.)

Shawn Southwick returned the following year for the second season premiere Goliath. Pamela Susan Shoop was a Glen Larson contract player and appeared in many of his shows. She would return to Knight Rider for the fourth season premiere Knight of the Juggernaut. Lance LeGault also appeared in the episode A Knight in Shining Armor, and is best known for playing Colonel Decker in The A-Team.

SCRIPT TO SCREEN:

Early drafts of the script saw Lonnie as Michael Long's partner. She was killed by Tanya out in the desert, and it is she who he is also trying to avenge -- they were "more than friends." NBC press releases for the movie's TV premiere still referred to that partnership.

Later drafts kept Lonnie alive as a member of Tanya's gang. Since the earlier desert scenes had already been filmed, it meant careful rewriting, shooting and editing to achieve the major plot changes.

The car thief subplot involving Jackson and Browne was not part of the original script. It was added to the pilot when it was discovered the episode ran too short. The production team decided to take advantage of this extra time to inject some humor into the story, and let K.I.T.T. star for a few scenes by himself. This extra material was filmed during the making of Good Day At White Rock.

The Foundation was originally called the "Foundation for Law and Justice." This also makes it to the first draft of the Inside Out script before the name "Foundation for Law and Government" (and the acronym "F.L.A.G.") was settled for.

Devon's original last name was "Shire." Dr. Wesley -- the plastic surgeon who rebuilds Michael's face -- was the original custodian of the Miles surname.

Scenes that never made the final cut include an exchange between Wilton and Devon (in which Knight impresses upon his friend that Michael is the right choice as their driver), Knight's funeral, and a brief epilogue where K.I.T.T. drops Michael at the hospital complaining of "acute exhaustion."

SCRIPT - 4TH DRAFT - REV. 7/ 2/82
SCRIPT - 9TH DRAFT - REV. 7/16/82

NITPICKS:

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FILMING LOCATIONS:

Hotel/Casino:
Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles, 6101 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045

Knight Mansion:
Greystone Mansion, Greystone Park, 905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Beaulieu Palace House, Palace Lane, Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, England SO42 7YG (Stock Footage)

Michael calls Devon & thieves try to steal K.I.T.T.:
Metro Auto Electric & Repair, 4097 Lankershim Blvd., N. Hollywood, CA 91602

Demolition Derby:
Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Cyn Rd, Saugus, CA 91350

Gas Station, K.I.T.T. stolen:
Gas Station, Lyons Ave & Fourl Rd., Santa Clarita, CA 91321

Sheriff's Station:
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station, 23740 Magic Mountain Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355


Woodley Ave & Burbank Blvd

Airport:
Burbank (Bob Hope) Airport, 2627 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505-1062

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BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTOS:

SOUNDTRACK:

Proud Mary (Rollin' On The River)
- Creedence Clearwater Revival
Take It Easy
- The Eagles
Peaceful Easy Feeling
- The Eagles
Carolina In My Mind
- James Taylor
Don't Stop
- Fleetwood Mac
Third Rate Romance
- Amazing Rhythm Aces
Harden My Heart
- Quarterflash
Hit Me With Your Best Shot
- Pat Benetar

TIE INS:

VEHICLES:

1979 Cadillac Eldorado
1980 Datsun 280ZX
1975 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Dodge Monaco
1967 Pontiac Firebird
1972 Volkswagen Convertible
1971 Ford F-350
1981 Mercedes-Benz 380SLC
1973 Chevrolet C-30

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

Auto Collision Avoidance
Auto Cruise
Auto Door Left & Right
Auto Pursuit
Auto Roof Left & Right
CB Frequency
Eject Left & Right
Medical Scan
Microwave Mobil Line
Oil Slick
Pursuit Mode
Radio
Ski Mode
Smoke Screen
Turbo Boost (x4)
Vital Signs Scanner

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