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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:
Horrible, terrible conclusion to the trilogy. See more (108 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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Runtime:
112 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Jonathan Avildsen, son of the film's director John G. Avildsen, screen tested for the part of Mike Barnes. He did such a fine job that the role of "Snake" Silver, Terry's son, was created especially for him.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Daniel and Jessica are hanging off the side of the cliff being held hostage by Mike and his gang. Snake tells Daniel to give him the tree and Jessica, when telling Daniel not to, calls him "David" instead of "Daniel".See more »
Quotes:
Referee:You know the rules. Light contact to the body, *and I do mean light Barnes*.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Listen to Your HeartSee more »

FAQ

Is it true that Ralph Macchio was older than Thomas Ian Griffith when this movie was filmed?
Do Yukie and Kumiko come back from Japan with Daniel and Mr Miyagi?
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
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27 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Horrible, terrible conclusion to the trilogy., 30 August 2000
Author: Laner from United States

Ya just gotta ask, "What were they thinking?" The first movie was a classic - a genuine piece of pop culture, and a great "underdog" movie. While the second wasn't as good, it was still a decent movie which expanded on the story of Daniel & Mr. Miyagi. But this one stunk up the joint... first off the new bad guy Terry Silver (the millionaire mogul/karate expert) is laughable as a villain - his performance is *so* over the top it's ridiculous. It's obvious they got someone who knew his karate, but didn't know jack about acting. It's also ironic that he's actually younger than Ralph Macchio

Robyn Lively - she's attractive enough, but belongs in sitcoms. Also, what's with Daniel *never* getting the girl in the long term???

As for Macchio - I don't know... he seemed to be *way* too enthusiastic. Was he this much of a motormouth in the first two movies? It's almost as if he was trying too hard to compensate for the fact that he is five years older, trying to portray a character that is only one year older.

The pacing of this movie is all wrong. They spend way too much time on trivialities such as the Macchio/Lively relationship. What was the point of that anyway? There was hardly any time spent on the training and actual fight (and as any fan of the Rocky movies could tell you, that's the most important part!)

As for the karate itself, it's L A M E. The Karate Kid series has always been more about the philosophy behind martial arts rather than the physical aspect. All of Mr. Miyagi's wise platitudes are dead-on, but the "crane technique" would be easily countered by any half-competent black belt. Even so, it worked in the first two flicks. But in this one, it's just ridiculous. The final fight, the "bad boy of karate" is whipping Daniel like a government mule, then in sudden death Daniel decides to break into his "Secret Miyagi family kata", which causes both his opponent and his partners to suddenly back away in fear! This is so absolutely ridiculous it's pathetic. Once again, any competent karate student would simply look at Daniel with a bit of confusion, then continue on with the business of kicking his butt. It just seemed all too anti-climactic.

I'm really surprised they made a fourth movie after this stinker, but at least it gave us our first look at Hillary Swank. Yum :)

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