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The Karate Kid, Part III -- Daniel is in danger of losing it all when he places pride before principle in this powerful sequel to the hit feature films.


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Writers (WGA):
Robert Mark Kamen (characters)
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Release Date:
30 June 1989 (USA) See more »
First it was teacher to student. Then it was father to son. Now, it's man to man.
Ostracised villain John Kreese attempts to gain revenge on Daniel and Miyagi, with the help of a Vietman War comrade, the wealthy owner of a toxic waste disposal business. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Karate Kid back for a third time, in a movie about revenge, independence and inner strength! See more (109 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ralph Macchio ... Daniel

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

Robyn Lively ... Jessica

Thomas Ian Griffith ... Terry

Martin Kove ... Kreese

Sean Kanan ... Mike Barnes
Jonathan Avildsen ... Snake

Randee Heller ... Lucille

William Christopher Ford ... Dennis (as Christopher Paul Ford)
Pat E. Johnson ... Referee

Rick Hurst ... Announcer

Frances Bay ... Mrs. Milo
Joseph V. Perry ... Uncle Louie
Jan Tríska ... Milos
Diana Webster ... Margaret
Patrick R. Posada ... Man #1
C. Darnell Rose ... Delivery Man
Glenn Medeiros ... Himself

Gabriel Jarret ... Rudy (as Gabe Jarret)
Doc Duhame ... Security Guard
Randell Dennis Widner ... Sparring Partner #1
Raymond S. Sua ... Sparring Partner #2
Garth Johnson ... Spectator #1
E. David Tetro ... Spectator #2
Helen Lin ... Tahitian Girl #1
Meilani Figalan ... Tahitian Girl #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rob Garrison ... Tommy (archive footage)

Chad McQueen ... Dutch (archive footage)

Tony O'Dell ... Jimmy (archive footage)

William Zabka ... Johnny (archive footage)
John Timothy Botka ... Spectator (uncredited)
Jeremy Edberg ... Uniformed Audience Member (uncredited)
Sandy Shimoda ... Dancer (uncredited)
Marshal Silverman ... Italian Tailor (uncredited)
Ron Thomas ... Bobby (archive footage) (uncredited)

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

Robert Mark Kamen (written by)

Produced by
Karen Trudy Rosenfelt .... co-producer
Sheldon Schrager .... executive producer
Doug Seelig .... associate producer (as Douglas Seelig)
Jerry Weintraub .... producer
Original Music by
Bill Conti 
Cinematography by
Steve Yaconelli (director of photography) (as Stephen Yaconelli)
Film Editing by
John G. Avildsen 
John Carter 
Casting by
Caro Jones 
Production Design by
William F. Matthews 
Art Direction by
Christopher Burian-Mohr 
Set Decoration by
Catherine Mann 
Makeup Department
Del Acevedo .... key makeup artist
Ron Berkeley .... makeup artist
Shanon Ely .... hair stylist
Cheri Ruff .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Lester Wm. Berke .... unit production manager
Linda Landry-Nelson .... production manager: Introvision
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Clifford C. Coleman .... first assistant director
Hope R. Goodwin .... second assistant director
David N. Schrager .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Elijah Bryant .... swing gang
Richard Evans .... property assistant
Joseph C. Fama .... construction foreman
Sam Gordon .... property master
Dick Lasley .... illustrator
Richard Leon .... property assistant
Michael Muscarella .... construction coordinator
Terry Shugrue .... swing gang
Carl J. Stensel .... set designer
Jerry Wax .... lead man
Ronnie Sue Wexler .... swing gang
Robert Wittenberg .... construction painter
Sound Department
Eddie Becker .... foley editor
William C. Carruth .... adr editor
Don Digirolamo .... sound re-recording mixer
Dean Drabin .... foley mixer
Jack Dronsky .... adr assistant
Susan Dudeck .... foley editor
Robert Glass .... sound re-recording mixer
Scott Hecker .... supervising sound editor (as Scott A. Hecker)
Robert Knudson .... sound re-recording mixer
Bobby Mackston .... dialogue editor (as Robert Mackston)
Dan O'Connell .... foley artist
Kay Rose .... adr editor
Victoria Rose Sampson .... supervising adr editor
Clem Sheaffer .... cable person
Mary Ruth Smith .... adr editor
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist
Barry Thomas .... sound mixer
Joel Valentine .... sound effects editor
Forest Williams .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Dennis Dion .... special effects foreman
Walter Dion .... special effects
Visual Effects by
John Coats .... producer: visual effects (as John Coates)
Gene Dobrzyn .... production coordinator: visual effects
Tim Donahue .... art director: visual effects
John P. Mesa .... visual effects cameraman
William Mesa .... director of visual effects (as Bill Mesa)
Andrew Naud .... producer: visual effects
David Stump .... camera: visual effects
Marcus Tate .... producer: visual effects
Chris Dawson .... model maker (uncredited)
Stephen Lebed .... model maker (uncredited)
Warren E. Riggs .... prop sculptor (uncredited)
Clarke Coleman .... stunt double
Fumio Demura .... stunt double
Thomas Dewier .... stunt double (as Thomas De Wier)
Pat E. Johnson .... stunts choreographer
Carol Neilson .... stunt double
Debby Lynn Ross .... stunt double
Tony Snegoff .... stunt double
William Morts .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ron Batzdorff .... still photographer (as Ronald Batzdorff)
Mike Benson .... camera operator (as Michael Benson)
Jeffrey R. Clark .... first assistant camera
Gary J. Dodd .... best boy
Gary R. Dodd .... grip
Jim Dunford .... best boy
Jim Dunford .... grip
Scott Fieldsteel .... best boy
Jack N. Green .... aerial camera operator
Frank Keever .... key grip
William Kenney .... dolly grip
Ross A. Maehl .... gaffer
Stan McClain .... aerial camera operator
Edward Morey III .... camera operator
Ralph Nelson .... still photographer (as Ralph Nelson Jr.)
Jeffrey Norvet .... first assistant camera
Joe A. Ponticelle .... second assistant camera
David St. Onge .... best boy
Elizabeth Ziegler .... Steadicam operator
William McLachlan .... automated lighting programmer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Chavez .... key costumer
Thomas E. Johnson .... costume supervisor: men (as Tom Johnson)
Editorial Department
Douglas Brumer .... assistant film editor
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Phil Hetos .... color timer
David Holden .... additional editor
Jere Huggins .... additional editor
David Jansen .... apprentice film editor
Thomas G. Jingles .... apprentice film editor
Trevor Jolly .... first assistant editor
Frederika Kesten .... apprentice film editor
Kevin Lindstrom .... assistant film editor
Russell Paris .... post-production coordinator
Mark Sadusky .... assistant film editor
Rex Stewart .... assistant film editor
Merry Tigar .... apprentice film editor
Rick Tuber .... assistant film editor
Stanley Wohlberg .... assistant film editor (as Stan Wohlberg)
Music Department
Brooks Arthur .... music supervisor
Jack Eskew .... orchestrator
Stephen A. Hope .... music editor
Dan Wallin .... score mixer
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
John Rotondi .... scoring engineer: Y4 (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Celia Weiner .... music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Richard Belyeu .... transportation captain (as Richard C. Belyeu)
James E. Foote .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Paula Abdul .... choreographer
David Bandler .... assistant: John G. Avildsen
James Barrett .... advisor: bonsai plants
Howard Brandy .... unit publicist
James Crabe .... the Karate Kid family will miss our dear friend (as Jimmy Crabe)
Richard Davis Jr. .... location manager
Patricia L. DeShields .... production accountant
Thomas Dewier .... rappelling advisor (as Thomas De Wier)
Joyce Wilson Fetherolf .... assistant: John G. Avildsen
Sonny P. Filippini .... script supervisor
Craig Hosking .... helicopter pilot
Pat E. Johnson .... martial arts choreographer
Kathryn J. McDermott .... assistant: Shel Schrager
Roy Nagatoshi .... advisor: bonsai plants
Karyn Saffro .... production associate
Joyce Warren .... production coordinator (as Joyce M. Warren)
Jamie Weintraub .... assistant: Jerry Weintraub
Jody Weintraub .... assistant: Jerry Weintraub
Julie Weintraub .... assistant: Jerry Weintraub
Sarah Weintraub .... assistant: Jerry Weintraub
Anne Marie Yantos .... production associate
Lynette Katselas .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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112 min
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Film debut of Thomas Ian Griffith, who portrays a Vietnam veteran; in real life, Griffith was only 13 years old when the Vietnam War ended. He is also some months younger than Ralph Macchio who plays a child.See more »
Anachronisms: If the movie is supposed to be based 1 year after the original The Karate Kid (1984), that would make it 1985. The body style Mustang GT driven by Barnes and his friends wasn't produced until 1987.See more »
Terry Silver:[at the climax of Daniel's training] Visualize: this is not a bunch of sticks and pipes anymore; this is not some pathetic mugger who needs a couple of dollars so he can eat. No! This is a deadly, hungry wrecking machine who wants to detatch your head from the rest of your body and mount it over his fireplace!
[Daniel gashes his fist on the 2X4 with Mike Barnes' picture]
Terry Silver:It's blood. So what? Make believe it's HIS! This guy wants to BREAK you! HUMILIATE you! STOMP YOU INTO THE GROUND! NOW WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?
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6 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Karate Kid back for a third time, in a movie about revenge, independence and inner strength!, 6 February 2003
Author: Old Joe from Hamilton, Australia

Karate Kid III proves that the ‘Karate Kid' series has finally died a most painful death, with the most popular of story running out of legs. The first two movies were wonderful, yet the third movie loses what appeal the other two had captured. What is even more distressing is what the story contains, ideas that have just been rehashed. KK3 shows why so many sequels are unsuccessful.

Kreese, the ex-marine and Karate teacher, who was humbled with a few punches and kicks, has never forgotten the bitter taste of defeat at the hands of Miyagi and Daniel. Bankrupt after the first tournament defeat, he's back with a particularly nasty friend and a new fighter. He is aching to lure Miyagi and Daniel into the fight of their lives. When Daniel decides not to compete in the challenge, he becomes the target of numerous attacks by the villainous fighter, who will stop at nothing to win Daniel's title back. But when the relentless abuse becomes blackmail, Daniel goes against the sound advice of Miyagi and enters the competition, alienating his mentor.

What I find most frustrating about KK3 is its story. In the first we learn about a loner kid, who has shifted to L.A, who meets a Japanese janitor, who knows the ancient practices of Karate. In that film we get the chance to feel for both Miyagi and Daniel. In the second, we learn more about the history of Miyagi, and the background as to why he came to America. Yet the third film has a story that I would say is boring. It is all about revenge, but to do it, they recreate what was done in the first film and bring it back into the third. All of the Karate Kid screenplays were written by Robert Mark Kamen, who I believe ran out of fresh ideas for this movies script, and tried to cash in on what made the first movie so popular.

The popular characters of this series, Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita), return from their most extraordinary trip to Miyagi's native land of Okinawa. Daniel's home and Miyagi's workshop are being demolished, with the pair told that is ‘progress'. So with all this doom and gloom, Daniel has the bright idea of helping Mr. Miyagi start a bonsai store for his retirement. Through these actions, Daniel gets to meet a new girl named Jessica (Robyn Lively), who works in a pottery store across the street. This part of the story, while it was different, did not have the same affection, as say the relationships Daniel had with Ali or Kumiko.

Yet the other new characters in KK3 are not what I would call that ‘great'. After being humiliated by Miyagi and Daniel, Kreese (Martin Kove), has given up his life as a Karate teacher. When he goes to return the keys to his Dojo, the owner is long-time army friend Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith). He has slicked back hair, a sneaky grin, and deals professionally in dumping toxic waste. Karate is just a hobby to this man, and is the perfect person to get revenge on ‘the slope Miyagi and the punk kid' for Kreese. To get this revenge he asks for the services of ‘Karate's bad boy', Mike Barnes, (Sean Kanan from The bold and the Beautiful), who is a mean, nasty and hateful character. He is out to make Daniel's life a misery, forcing him to sign up and fight in the next ‘All valley karate tournament'.

When Miyagi does not agree to train Daniel in the tournament, he says his reason being ‘if karate used to defend honour, defend life, karate means something. If karate used to defend plastic metal trophy, karate no mean nothing." So Daniel decides to get some training from Mr. Silver, who puts his revenge plan in action, making Daniel ‘do things that he doesn't wanna do'. Through this we get to see one new part to the story, which is Daniel, the star student of Miyagi, being unfaithful to his friend and wise teacher, treating him without honour or respect.

Look there is plenty of rehashed elements in this film, with what I have discussed being just a few of them. The fighting scenes in this film are a little more violent than the previous films. Yet the highlight of the film has to be when Miyagi helps Daniel from being beaten up by the bad guys, in the process thrashing all of them one by one. After, he agrees to train Daniel, so he can be rid of this petty fighting once and for all.

I am sure that director, John G. Avildsen, had the right intensions when he went about making this movie. However, I am afraid that the story had run out of good ideas, and so they wanted to show Daniel getting picked on just that little bit more. Daniel sure has had an ordinary life. Thankfully he has had Miyagi as a ‘father figure', saving his butt many times. What is good about all of these movies is Miyagi's view about karate that it is to be used for good, not evil, with the concluding scenes of this movie showing how true Miyagi's words really are. I want to leave you with one final thought. Ralph Macchio was 28 when he agreed to come back and be 19 year old Daniel LaRusso in KK3. My question to you is, ‘was Ralph just a bit too old to look 19?' I believe he was.

CMRS gives ‘Karate Kid III': 2.5 (Ok - Good film)

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