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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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Release Date:
22 June 1984 (USA) See more »
Only the 'Old One' could teach him the secrets of the masters. See more »
A martial arts master agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Wax on...Wax the best movie ever! See more (235 total) »


  (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 .... re-recording mixer
Robert Glass .... re-recording mixer (as Robert J. Glass)
Dean Hodges .... sound mixer
J. Paul Huntsman .... post-production dialogue
Robert Knudson .... re-recording mixer (as Robert Knudsen)
Clive Taylor .... sound recordist
Glenn T. Morgan .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Frank Toro .... special effects
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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126 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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:Tous publics | Iceland:L | Ireland:PG | Italy:T | Mexico:A | Netherlands:6 | Norway:15 | Peru:Apt | Portugal:M/12 | Russia:6+ | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Spain:T | Sweden:11 | UK:15 | UK:12 (re-rating) (2005) | UK:PG (theatrical) (cut) (1984) | USA:PG (#27432) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Mr. Miyagi is named for Chogun Miyagi, who became the forerunner of karate-jutsu in Okinawa, Japan. 'Sensei Miyagi' as he was called, created his own style of karate-jutsu, which he dubbed 'Goju Ryu', which means 'hard and soft style'.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): After Miyagi rescues Daniel on Halloween, he serves him a cup of tea. When Daniel grasps his cup by its sides, Miyagi insists that he instead support the cup from the bottom. However, the next time Miyagi drinks, he grasps his own cup by its sides.See more »
Miyagi:Wax on... wax off. Wax on... wax off.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Impossible Dreams (2011)See more »
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78 out of 107 people found the following review useful.
Wax on...Wax the best movie ever!, 31 January 2005
Author: XoX0BrItTnEy0XoX from United States

This is a classic coming of age story. A story about a boy who has to face his fears, girls, and moving to a new environment. Daniel, who is a big up stater, clashes with the rich people of the Cali high life and learns that not all people are who they seem. The Kobra Cai, as they are called in the film, bully Daniel and Daniel just seems like he has no choice but to take revenge. So he learns the next best thing--KARATE. Even though he has no idea what hes doing. He goes with the flow. Mr. Mayagi teaches him respect, discipline, and anyone can over come their fears. This is one of the best films of the 80's. It even has classic names of the 80's, like Johnny, Daniel, Tommy, and my favorite, Bobby. So if you don't have anything better to do, then check out Karate Kid. You might even learn a thing or two about a thing or two.

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