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Nick Knight (1989)

Rick Springfield , Rif Hutton , Farhad Mann  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rick Springfield, Rif Hutton, Cec Verrell, Craig Richard Nelson, Davis Roberts
  • Directors: Farhad Mann
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: March 4, 2003
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000844IS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,977 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Nick Knight" on IMDb

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109 of 109 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars He Wants to Repay Society for His Sins.... May 17, 2004
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In the 1989 TV flick NICK KNIGHT, rocker (1981's Grammy-winning "Jessie's Girl") and soap-opera star (GENERAL HOSPITAL, 1981-1983) Rick Springfield portrays Nick Knight, a homicide detective on the night shift who has a reputation for being a loner and a maverick. But he's a good cop, and he's hip. He drives a cool vintage Caddy, looks good in black leather, and has a soft spot in his heart for the homeless (he often checks up on them when he's out on his "beat"). Oh, yeah--and he's also a guilt-ridden vampire in quest of a cure for his supernatural malady. Solving crimes, specifically homicides, is sort of his way of paying penance for the murderous, blood-sucking sins of his past.
Though often neglected or overlooked, NICK KNIGHT is an intelligent, skillfully written, and well-acted TV film that was actually the original pilot for the popular cult TV series FOREVER KNIGHT (1992-1996). One reason that this film is nearly forgotten might be the fact that the same story was re-shot with the TV cast and subsequently aired as the series' two-part opener. While the cast of the series does a fine job-the excellent cast is, of course, one of many reasons that the show quickly became a cult favorite--NICK KNIGHT is in many ways superior to the two-part remake, and it is therefore unfortunate that the series has eclipsed the original film and pushed it into near obscurity.
The acting in NICK KNIGHT is superb, especially considering that it is a made-for-TV flick. In the titular role, Springfield delivers a strong, convincing performance and has great chemistry with the rest of the cast. Also intriguing is Laura Johnson, who plays museum curator Alyce Hunter and Knight's love interest. Not only is she a good actress and quite attractive, but Ms.
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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vampire on the Night Shift December 8, 2003
By Sires
I remember watching this when it premiered on television. Network television was going through one of its periodic obsessions with police procedural shows and the introduction of a vampire to the night shift of a metropolitan police force had a certain amount of appeal.
The show that finally ran (Forever Knight) was quite a bit different and therein lies some of the appeal of watching this movie-- the chance to compare and contrast. I had just recently bought the first season of Forever Knight so I had a prime opportunity here.
This version is slicker, with an 80's rock background that has a certain retro appeal. It was obviously shot in a warmer climate. Rick Springfield has a lean and hungry look that contibutes to his tortured vampire character as he runs the gamut of emotion from tormented to tormented. While probably a better actor, Geraint Wynn Davies who played the character in the series, has to fight against his sleek, blond appearance. Somehow it is easier to look as if you have a brooding, soul-destroying secret if you are a brunette.
I also really enjoyed the contrast between Nick's starvling, blood junkie pose and Alyce Hunter, the Mayan scholar, constantly stuffing herself with junk food. I also enjoyed her look since Wardrobe apparently dressed her from Banana Republic back in the good old days before BR became a mall shop.
Anyway, the movie is not bad at all if you are in the mood for some vampire mind candy with a bit of retro.
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61 of 71 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Get the Forever Knight DVDs instead. January 9, 2004
Greetings, people. I saw this DVD for five bucks while at the grocery store of all places, and recognized the name Nick Knight as the name of our hero from Forever Knight, hereafter known as "FK." I hadn't heard of this movie, although FK was my favorite by far of the Crimetime after Primetime vehicles back in the day. Five bucks, what the heck, so I picked it up. I figured it out, this must have been the pilot for the series.
First of all I like FK very much, and therefore was comparing it to FK and being very hypercritical toward it. I do have to say that everyone in the movie did a capable acting job in my opinion, although I am no authority in this department.
I've got nothing against Rick Springfield, he did a good job. I liked the part at the beginning in the tanning booth, in fact I think they who made this movie should have made hime spend a few minutes in the booth where his angst would build, maybe with a flashback to being caught out in the sun starting to self-combust. I know why they didn't. They want you to not know that he's a vamp, but to figure it out from the clues. But they contradicted themselves in this line of reasoning here, because everyone who watches it already knows anyway, because this story is advertized as the story of the vampire detective, and they themselves are the ones who advertized it as such.
But I have to say, the sound quality is truly pathetic. And this is a DVD no less, friends. Couldn't they have cleaned up the sound a bit for us? No, evidently not! I had to turn the volume all the way up to 11 to catch what the people in the movie were saying, then the static and other noise was unbearable. Also I didn't like the vampire makeup in this version.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rick Will ALWAYS Be MY......FOREVER KNIGHT! June 12, 2005
Rick Springfield was EXCELLENT in this pilot film for the t.v series, Forever Knight. The producers of Forever Knight, should've KEPT Springfield for the series. Springfield portrayed the Vampire BETTER, than Geraint Wyn Davies(the series). Davies' lack-luster "performance" of Nick, is comical, and non-believable. Springfield, made you BELIEVE and FEEL his HUNGER to be rid of the vampire curse.And his hunger to survive the odds, of either remaining a blood-thirsty vampire, or finding the Goblet to return him to his former self. The ending of this movie is Devistating! Your heart will SHATTER at what happens, or what DOESN'T happen for Nick. I cried for Nick. And Springfield's show of the pain, the disappointment at the end, WILL wrench tears from you, NO DOUBT!! Springfield, SHOULD have gotten an Emmy!! AND, the series!!!! This is ONE Springfield role, that WON'T be forgotten! You can "Rock- On" forever Rick, but YOU, will be MY, F O R E V E R ~ K N I G H T! :o) XXXXX2rickspringfield.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved the inspiration for the TV show. Springfield plays it differently but I liked it.
Published 2 months ago by Jessica L. Edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars Never received it
Sorry, I know I had it on my list but apparently never put to my shopping cart. I know I like Rick Springfield and I liked the movie when it came on TV.
Published 6 months ago by JACK DOUCET
5.0 out of 5 stars Vampire Rick.
I saw and, recorded the movie when it first came out. I loved it! When I heard it was coming back as a series, I was excited. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Patricia Marchand
5.0 out of 5 stars Rick Springfield Vampire Cop
Yep, the rocker himself taking an hand in acting. Not bad, more the Justin Timberlake of his day, using good looks, and music fame to launch an acting career. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Camera newbie
3.0 out of 5 stars five star movie, one star CD.
This is one of the best vampire movies ever made, and any fan of the genre should see it. BUT the sound quality of this CD is terrible. Read more
Published 9 months ago by A Reader
3.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Rick Springfield with fangs!
It was so much fun going back to the 1980's to watch Rick Springfield! This version was certainly not the same quality as the Canadian version ( Forever Knight) that came out a... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lollyk
5.0 out of 5 stars A must to watch
This movie is definitely one I watch if you are a Rick Springfield fan. This definitely shows his acting abilities. The seller is someone I would buy from again. Read more
Published 13 months ago by cullensparrow
3.0 out of 5 stars The beginning to the TV vampire craze
Okay, this isn't great film, but it's fun, particularly if you're a Rick Springfield fan. This isn't his best acting effort, but then the dialogue isn't a real challenge either. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Barbara A. Saunders-jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Sexy Vampire
I loved the series with Gerraint, but Rick is a very sexy vampire too. The makeup was a bit different, but I guess they were still working on the concept.
Published 14 months ago by E. Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Rick Should Have Had The Series
Yes, it's the 80s and special effects were what they were. Good solid story and he should have had the series. Read more
Published 20 months ago by John C - aka "Dallas"
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