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The Karate Kid (1984)

 -  Action | Drama | Family  -  22 June 1984 (USA)
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A handyman/martial arts master agrees to teach a bullied boy karate and shows him that there is more to the martial art than fighting.

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Daniel and his mother move from New Jersey to California. She has a wonderful new job, but Daniel quickly discovers that a dark haired Italian boy with a Jersey accent doesn't fit into the blond surfer crowd. Daniel manages to talk his way out of some fights, but he is finally cornered by several who belong to the same karate school. As Daniel is passing out from the beating he sees Miyagi, the elderly gardener leaps into the fray and save him by outfighting half a dozen teenagers. Miyagi and Daniel soon find out the real motivator behind the boys' violent attitude in the form of their karate teacher. Miyagi promises to teach Daniel karate and arranges a fight at the all-valley tournament some months off. When his training begins, Daniel doesn't understand what he is being shown. Miyagi seems more interested in having Daniel paint fences and wax cars than teaching him Karate. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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karate | bully | master | fight | apartment | See more »

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He taught him the secret to Karate lies in the mind and heart. Not in the hands. See more »

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Action | Drama | Family | Sport

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22 June 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Karate Kid  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$90,800,000 (USA)
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When Daniel is playing soccer at the beach, the sweat stains on the back of his shirt change significantly between shots. See more »

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Lucille Larusso: [slamming down the All-Valley Tournament application] This says I won't hold anybody responsible if you're injured. Are you nuts?
Daniel: Ma, I GOTTA do this.
Lucille Larusso: Do what? Get KILLED?
Daniel: No one gets hurt, Ma.
Lucille Larusso: So why do I have to sign this thing?
[she crumples it up and tosses it in the wastebasket, then spins on her heel and exits before Daniel can say more]
Lucille Larusso: Good night, Daniel.
[she turns out the light. Stealthily, Daniel rescues the application from the wastebasket and signs HER name to it]
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RHYTHM MAN
Written by M. St. Regis, G. St. Regis, J. Peters, R. Adams, A. Flashman, A. Hutt and G. Challen
Performed by St. Regis
Produced by John Ryan
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Wax on...Wax the best movie ever!
31 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a classic coming of age story. A story about a boy who has to face his fears, girls, and moving to a new environment. Daniel, who is a big up stater, clashes with the rich people of the Cali high life and learns that not all people are who they seem. The Kobra Cai, as they are called in the film, bully Daniel and Daniel just seems like he has no choice but to take revenge. So he learns the next best thing--KARATE. Even though he has no idea what hes doing. He goes with the flow. Mr. Mayagi teaches him respect, discipline, and anyone can over come their fears. This is one of the best films of the 80's. It even has classic names of the 80's, like Johnny, Daniel, Tommy, and my favorite, Bobby. So if you don't have anything better to do, then check out Karate Kid. You might even learn a thing or two about a thing or two.


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