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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Robert Mark Kamen (characters)
Robert Mark Kamen (written by)
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Release Date:
30 June 1989 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
First it was teacher to student. Then it was father to son. Now, it's man to man.
Plot:
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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Awards:
5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Just Terrible See more (107 total) »

Cast

  (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)
Sandy Shimoda ... Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
John G. Avildsen 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
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)
 
Stunts
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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Trivia:
While filming, Sean Kanan performed his own stunts, including one wherein he lunged forward and landed on his stomach for 20 takes. After taking aspirin for four days to deal with the residual pain, Kanan fell unconscious. At a hospital, he was diagnosed with internal bleeding caused by a torn abdominal wall.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Terry first shows Daniel the front sweep, Daniel's headband changes sides.See more »
Quotes:
Terry Silver:[to Mike Barnes before the match] Remember the game plan. First you win a point, then you lose a point. Keep the score at zero-zero. Pulverize him for the full three minutes. Then in sudden death you get the point, we win. I want him to experience pain. First he suffers.
John Kreese:Then he suffers some more.
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Soundtrack:
I Can't Help MyselfSee more »

FAQ

Do Yukie and Kumiko come back from Japan with Daniel and Mr Miyagi?
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9 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Just Terrible, 14 January 2006
Author: dfw_txs from Dallas

I was going through my DVD collection and came across the Karate Kid Trilogy. It was right after Pat Morita died and I began looking over the DVD case and I remembered I had never watched the Karate Kid Part III.

I was a huge fan of the original Karate Kid, and part II was a worthy sequel. I was bored that night and figured I'd give part III a try, even though I knew it would probably not be very good as most "part IIIs" of any movie typically pretty bad.

I can honestly say, The Karate Kid Part III, is the worst movie I have ever seen - its a shameless rip off of the original. I wont go through a plot summary since that has already been done by several other reviewers here. But some of the low points are worth mentioning.

1) Acting is terrible. Ralph Macchio either forgot how to act, or simply mailed it in, which is likely the case as who could get excited over this script? It was simply ridiculous to have a 28 year old man play a 17 year old teenager. Pat Morita's role was tired and predictable, and just worn out. Martin Kove, aka John Kreese, looked like a puppet with that goofy "evil smile" he had plastered on his face the whole movie.

2) The plot was recycled from the first Karate Kid. You know the storyline: Daniel gets beat up by a superior Karate student trained by the evil John Kreese and sidekick Terry Silver. Mr Miyagi saves the day yet again with his unorthodox teachings, all culminating in a dramatic tournament at the end where Daniel surprises his opponent with some Karate move that looks more like a dance scene. Crowd goes nuts, evil John Kreese foiled yet again, My Miyagi smiling proudly, blah, blah, blah.

3) The last fight scene. The only reason I did not turn this "movie" off half way through was because I figured at least we'd have a great fight scene at the tournament. Some type of payoff for having to suffer through this catastrophe. The fight scene was an unmitigated joke. The whole fight is Daniel getting his face beat in. Then, the very last scene when his evil adversary is going to win the title, Daniel does this gimmicky dance move and punches the guy in the stomach. Oh Boy!

First, an 80 year old man could have defended such a lame move. And second, all the movie gave you was Daniel getting lucky at the end. I mean, the whole movie he is pulverized, and the very last scene he gets a lucky sucker punch in, wins the tournament and all is well.

You have been warned. Stay away from this mindless garbage.

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