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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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Miyagi (as Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita)
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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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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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According to black belt karate instructor William (Bill) J. DeClemente in "Black Belt" magazine dated May 1994, DeClemente believed he was the inspiration for The Karate Kid (1984) character. He was 17 years old when he started training in karate in 1963 in Queens, New York, the same neighborhood where screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen started training in karate in 1965. Kamen came to watch DeClemente teach in 1965 before enrolling at a karate school in Queens taught by Ed McGrath. Kamen has acknowledged in a sworn deposition that the tough ex-marine he depicted as John Kreese in the film was patterned after Ed McGrath, who was also a friend of DeClemente. DeClemente also said Kamen probably based Mr. Miyagi after Okinawan karate legend Chojun Miyagi. However, Kamen refused to acknowledge DeClemente as the basis of the karate kid character, in which DeClemente is the owner of the registered nationally trademark name "The Karate Kid" since the mid-1960s and was known locally in Queens, Brooklyn, and Florida and to his business associates. This led to DeClemente suing Columbia Pictures Industries, Jerry Weintraub Productions, and Jerry Weintraub on July 29, 1994 for trademark infringement, violation of his right of publicity claims, and seeking damages for three Karate Kid films. [Case: DeClemente v. Columbia Pictures, 860 F. Supp. 30 (E.D.N.Y. 1994)]. DeClement's case was dismissed, ruling in favor of the defendants. The court viewed the films did not damage the plaintiff, DeClemente, in a legal sense and that his public personality as the Karate Kid was not notorious enough that the public identified him exclusively with this persona as well as no evidence adduced that the defendants knew the plaintiff, until the year 1990. On his official website, DeClemente still maintains the claim that he is the inspiration for screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen of the films that bears his registered nationally trademarked name, "The Karate Kid". See more »

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When Daniel picks up Ali for their first date and his mother's station wagon won't start, they push start it and ask Ali to "pop the clutch", however you can hear the starter is used to start the engine. See more »

Quotes

Daniel: What's the matter? The truth hurt?
Ali Mills: So you really think that's it?
Daniel: I know it is.
Ali Mills: Yeah well, you're wrong.
Daniel: Oh, you bet I'm wrong.
Ali Mills: You know Daniel, I didn't go out with you because of a car or where you live.
Daniel: Okay, since we're on the subject, why did you?
[silence]
Daniel: Huh? Why did you?
Ali Mills: I thought maybe you and me we're different.
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Written by Fermo Dante Marchetti, Maurice de Féraudy
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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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