Impulse (working title: Want a Ride, Little Girl?), is a thriller film, starring William Shatner as a serial killer of wealthy widows. Ruth Roman, Kim Nicholas, Jennifer Bishop, and Harold Sakata. It was written by Tony Crechales and directed by William Grefé. Its runtime is 82 minutes.
The film was first released in Tampa, Florida, on January 31, 1974, where the filming took place. It was subsequently released nationwide in 1974–75, making nearly $4 million in the domestic box office.
According to the Examiner.com interview, director Grefé cast actors who were located in Miami at the time. He met Shatner at the airport, Bishop was Grefé's friend, and Sakata had a wrestling career there apart from appearing in the James Bond-film Goldfinger. The filming lasted 15 days, including 12 with Shatner and last three with other actors. During one take of the scene where Shatner's character hangs Sakata's character to death, actor Sakata nearly died of being accidentally hanged by tight rope. Fortunately, with Sakata's "superior neck development", the crew was able to save his life. Shatner broke his finger during the incident while supporting Sakata's weight.William Shatner - Matt StoneRuth Roman - Julia MarstowHarold Sakata - Karate PeteJennifer Bishop - Ann MoyJames Dobson - ClarenceKim Nicholas - Tina Moy