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The Karate Kid (1984)

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

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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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22 June 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Karate Kid  »

Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,031,753 (USA) (24 June 1984)

Gross:

$90,815,558 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Surprisingly, during filming in late 1983, Ralph Macchio was age 22. Some of the cast did not believe him when they asked about his age. See more »

Goofs

When Daniel and Mr Miyagi arrive at the Cobra Kai Dojo, Johnny has a bruise on his face supposedly from the fight with Daniel and Miyagi. Johnny was never hit in the face in that fight. See more »

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Lucille Larusso: [DELETED SCENE: At their apartment, Daniel's mom is reading the fine print on the All-Valley Tournament application] ... This says I won't hold anybody responsible if you're injured. Are you NUTS?
Daniel: Mom, I've gotta do this.
Lucille Larusso: Do WHAT? Get KILLED?
Daniel: Nobody gets hurt, Ma.
Lucille Larusso: Then why do I have to sign anything?
[She crumples the application and throws it away]
Lucille Larusso: Good night, Daniel.
[after she retires, Daniel rescues the application and un-crumples it. Then he signs his mother's name to it]
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Young Hearts
Written by Dave Merenda (as David Merenda)
Produced by Dave Merenda (as David Merenda) and Brooks Arthur
Performed by Commuter
Courtesy of Chrysalis Music Group
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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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