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The Karate Kid (1984)

PG  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miyagi (as Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita)
Ron Thomas ...
Rob Garrison ...
Israel Juarbe ...
Juli Fields ...
Dana Andersen ...


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 <>

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Only the 'Old One' could teach him the secrets of the masters. See more »


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Release Date:

22 June 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Karate Kid  »

Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)


$90,800,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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A classic story of good vs. evil
22 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Karate Kid is a wonderful film that tells the classic story of good vs. evil. Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) is obviously the good, along with Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita). The bad is the dojo of the Cobra Kai, led by the dangerous Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka). The feud between Lawrence and LaRusso is well-scripted and executed, as is the feud between Miyagi and Cobra Kai Sensei, Kreese.

This is the definitely the best film out of the four Karate Kid movies. I grew up as a really big fan of these fans and I'm glad they finally released the DVD set. I've searched the internet looking for good articles about the films and there's a very funny article by humorist Rob Bloom about Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso on Rob Bloom's website.

These movies are very entertaining (even #4) and definitely are required viewing for anybody who believes that the underdog can win in the end.

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