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The Karate Kid -- An elderly martial arts expert (Pat Morita) teaches a high schooler (Ralph Macchio) to defend himself from bullies.
The Karate Kid -- 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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Director:
Writer:
Robert Mark Kamen (written by)
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Release Date:
22 June 1984 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Only the 'Old One' could teach him the secrets of the masters. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
not just a teen movie See more (233 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ralph Macchio ... Daniel

Pat Morita ... Miyagi (as Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita)

Elisabeth Shue ... Ali

Martin Kove ... Kreese

Randee Heller ... Lucille

William Zabka ... Johnny
Ron Thomas ... Bobby
Rob Garrison ... Tommy

Chad McQueen ... Dutch

Tony O'Dell ... Jimmy
Israel Juarbe ... Freddy

William Bassett ... Mr. Mills

Larry B. Scott ... Jerry
Juli Fields ... Susan
Dana Andersen ... Barbara
Frank Burt Avalon ... Chucky
Jeff Fishman ... Billy
Ken Daly ... Chris
Tom Fridley ... Alan
Pat E. Johnson ... Referee
Bruce Malmuth ... Ring Announcer
Darryl Vidal ... Karate Semi-Finalist

Frances Bay ... Lady with Dog

Christopher Kriesa ... Official
Bernie Kuby ... Mr. Harris (as Bernard Kuby)
Joan Lemmo ... Restaurant Manager

Helen Siff ... Cashier (as Helen J. Siff)

Larry Drake ... Yahoo #1
David Abbott ... Yahoo #2
Molly Basler ... Cheerleading Coach
Brian Davis ... Boy in Bathroom
David De Lange ... Waiter
Erik Felix ... Karate Student

Peter Jason ... Soccer Coach
Todd Lookinland ... Chicken Boy
Clarence McGee Jr. ... Referee #2
William Norren ... Doctor

Sam Scarber ... Referee #3
Scott Strader ... Eddie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Chris Casamassa ... Tournament Guest (uncredited)

Donald DeNoyer ... Karate Student (uncredited)
Tom Levy ... Cheering Kid (uncredited)

Andrew Shue ... Member of Cobra Kai (uncredited)
Duff Tallahassee ... Karate Fan #4 (uncredited)

Directed by
John G. Avildsen 
 
Writing credits
Robert Mark Kamen (written by)

Produced by
R.J. Louis .... executive producer
Bud S. Smith .... associate producer
Jerry Weintraub .... producer
 
Original Music by
Bill Conti 
 
Cinematography by
James Crabe (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John G. Avildsen 
Walt Mulconery 
Bud S. Smith  (as Bud Smith)
 
Casting by
Pennie DuPont 
Caro Jones 
Bonnie Timmermann 
 
Production Design by
William J. Cassidy 
 
Set Decoration by
John H. Anderson 
 
Costume Design by
Richard Bruno 
Aida Swinson 
 
Makeup Department
E. Thomas Case .... makeup artist
Cheri Ruff .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Howard Pine .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Choi .... trainee assistant director
Clifford C. Coleman .... first assistant director
Hope R. Goodwin .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Craig B. Ayers Sr. .... greensman
Sam Gordon .... property master
William F. Matthews .... set designer
Michael Muscarella .... construction coordinator
 
Sound Department
Rick Ash .... foley mixer
Norval D. Crutcher .... sound effects editor
Samuel C. Crutcher .... sound effects editor
Thomas Cunliffe .... boom operator
Don Digirolamo .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Glass .... sound re-recording mixer (as Robert J. Glass)
Dean Hodges .... sound mixer
J. Paul Huntsman .... post-production dialogue
Robert Knudson .... sound re-recording mixer (as Robert Knudsen)
Clive Taylor .... sound recordist
Glenn T. Morgan .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Frank Toro .... special effects
 
Stunts
Johnny Atkinson .... stunts (as John Atkinson)
Clarke Coleman .... stunts
David Crockett .... stunts
Fumio Demura .... stunts
Pat Green .... stunts
Gary Hillenbeck .... stunts
Douglas Ivan .... stunts
Buck McDancer .... stunts
Bob Nichimura .... stunts
Pat Romano .... stunts (as Patrick Romano)
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunts (as Ronnie Rondell)
Spike Silver .... stunts
Lance Turner .... stunts
Scott Wilder .... stunts
Luke LaFontaine .... stunts (uncredited)
Alan Oliney .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter J. Breen .... dolly grip
Malcolm Bryce .... electrician
Allen D. Easton .... first assistant camera
Brad Edmiston .... first assistant camera
Joel Kirschner .... second assistant camera
John London .... key grip
Ross A. Maehl .... gaffer
Tom D. May .... best boy grip
Ralph Nelson .... still photographer (as Ralph Nelson Jr.)
Patrick G. Ralston .... best boy (as Pat Ralston)
Stephen St. John .... Steadicam operator
Jonathan West .... camera operator
Don Zobel .... best boy
 
Editorial Department
Richard Alderete .... associate editor
Seth Flaum .... associate editor
M. Scott Smith .... associate editor
 
Location Management
Richard Davis Jr. .... location manager (as Richard Davis)
 
Music Department
Brooks Arthur .... music supervisor
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
Stephen A. Hope .... music editor
Russ Regan .... music supervisor
Dan Wallin .... score mixer
Gheorghe Zamfir .... musician: pan flute
Angela Morley .... orchestrator (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn solos (uncredited)
Celia Weiner .... music editor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Alan Falco .... transportation coordinator
Chris Haynes .... driver
 
Other crew
Pete Emmet .... unit publicist
Alvin Greenman .... script supervisor
Jeannie Jeha .... production coordinator
Pat E. Johnson .... martial arts choreographer
Pat Romano .... instructor: bicycle riding (as Patrick Romano)
 

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Runtime:
126 min
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Chile:TE | Denmark:11 | Finland:K-11 | France:U | Iceland:L | Ireland:PG | Italy:T | Mexico:A | Netherlands:6 | Norway:15 | Peru:PT | Portugal:M/12 | Russia:6+ | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Spain:T | Sweden:11 | UK:15 | UK:PG (theatrical) (cut) (1984) | USA:PG (#27432) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Daniel never finished painting the house or cleaning up.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Daniel and his mother are eating together across from the karate school you can hear her talking to him but her lips aren't moving.See more »
Quotes:
Daniel:Wouldn't a fly swatter be easier?
Miyagi:Man who catch fly with chopstick accomplish anything.
Daniel:Ever catch one?
Miyagi:Not yet.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #22.78" (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
(BOP BOP) ON THE BEACHSee more »

FAQ

How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
What was the "Manzanar Relocation Camp" that Daniel sees in Miyagi's old newspaper?
How does the movie end?
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127 out of 153 people found the following review useful.
not just a teen movie, 23 December 2004
Author: turd_furgusen from nyc baby

A lot of posts focus on the 'coming of age' aspect of this movie, but the very overlooked part is the role it played in helping to alleviate many of the stereotypes a very Asian phobic America was after WWII, Korea and Vietnam.

They make a point of showing Miyagi in a US Army Uniform--and a War Hero-- and makes references to detention camps Miyagi's family was sent to (a horribly dark period in American history)...where Miyagi's wife was being sent (pregnant) and where she and his unborn child (son) ultimately die during childbirth. There are also a few scenes in which ethnic slurs are used by rednecks toward Miyagi.

Taking this into light, and taking the fact that Daniel has no father that we know of in this movie, the name Daniel-san (sounds like Daniel-SON) helps demonstrate a father son bond that is overlooked. Much of the conversation between Daniel and Miyagi is about Miyagi's great father in Okinawa, because Miyagi has acquired all this knowledge and wants to share it. Daniel substitutes for the son Miyagi never had and Miyagi substitutes for the father Daniel doesn't have.

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