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The Karate Kid (1984)

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A martial arts master agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager.

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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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karate | bully | teenager | master | fight | See All (130) »

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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)  »

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Karate Kid  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$90,800,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jerry Weintraub did not want Pat Morita to audition for Miyagi because he was a comedian and that he wouldn't be taken seriously in the role. But Morita auditioned and Weintraub was impressed and decided to give him the role and had felt that he had almost made the biggest mistake of his film, by not casting Morita as Miyagi. See more »

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When Daniel and his Mom first leave Newark you can clearly see a big dent on the tailgate of the station wagon as his friends chase the car. Later,when his mom picks up Ali at her house, the dent is gone as they push the car to get it started. A better view is visible when his mom picks them up at the "Golf n Stuff". This was several months later after they left Newark but his mom would have surely fixed the starter problem before the tailgate. See more »

Quotes

Daniel: Why didn't you tell me?
Miyagi: Tell what?
Daniel: That you knew karate.
Miyagi: You not ask.
Daniel: Well, where'd you learn it?
Miyagi: Father.
Daniel: But I thought he was a fisherman.
Miyagi: In Okinawa, all Miyagi know two things: fish and karate.
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Written by Fermo Dante Marchetti, Maurice de Féraudy
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Terrific 80s's underdog story!!!
30 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I being a child of the 80's have a soft spot for this movie. Yes it is predictable,but what makes it a great movie is the performances by the 2 main characters. Ralph Macchio is great as a teenager that is bullied at his new school. But the movie belongs to Pat Morita as Mr. Myagi. He plays an old apartment maintenance man that befriends Macchio. He becomes his karate teacher, but they develop a great friendship that makes the movie all the more enjoyable. The great thing is that the movie shows that the old man comes to need the kid as much as the kid needs him, it is a touching relationship. All the rest is standard Rocky film stuff, but what Rocky and this film have in common is that the characters are people we care for, so all the climactic scene stuff works.


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