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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 | fight | teenager | 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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Release Date:

22 June 1984 (USA)  »

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$90,800,000 (USA)
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Trivia

William Zabka (Johnny) had no martial arts experience prior to being cast in the film. However, he was an accomplished wrestler. See more »

Goofs

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

[Bobby is about to face Daniel in the semifinals]
Kreese: Bobby - I want him out of commission.
Bobby: But Sensei, I can beat this guy!
Kreese: I don't want him beat.
Bobby: But I'll be disqualified!
Kreese: [icily] Out of commission.
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NO SHELTER
Written by John Mark and Richard Fenton
Produced by John Ryan
Performed by Broken Edge
Courtesy of Polygram Records, Inc.
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Best American martial arts movie ever made
11 October 2000 | by (Berlin, NJ) – See all my reviews

This movie will perhaps be remembered as the best martial arts movie ever made. Movies of this genre are usually more concerned with action scenes that the stories tend to be poor and appeal to the audience on a short run. With the exception of Kurosawa's films, the Karate Kid is perhaps one of the best and most popular martial arts movies ever. Ralph Macchio, who is also good in "the Outsiders," does a fine portrayal of the novice, frustrated Daniel Larusso (he was 23 years old when he made this film??). Equally superb is the wise and "cool-as-a-cucumber" Mr. Miyagi, played by Pat Morita. Once again, John G. Avildsen has directed a film that glorifies the fiesty nature of underdogs. This is the "Rocky" movie of the 80's.


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