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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 »
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For my money the best of the series... 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:
Ralph Macchio's character was suppose to have a romantic relationship with the character of Jessica played by Robyn Lively but he asked to have their relationship be platonic because he didn't want his wife to be jealous.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:
Terry Silver:Now the real pain begins, Danny-boy.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Bed O'NailsSee more »

FAQ

Why is Daniel living with Mr Miyagi? Where is his mother?
Do Yukie and Kumiko come back from Japan with Daniel and Mr Miyagi?
How does the movie end?
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8 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
For my money the best of the series..., 19 September 2006
Author: Frank Markland from United States

This time Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) goes up against Karate's bad boy Mike Barnes (Sean Kanan) to defend his title and prove that karate is not to be used aggressively and repair what damage he did to Mr. Myiagi(Pat Morita) who refused to train Daniel due to the antics led by John Kreese (Martin Kove) and Terry Silver(Thomas Ian Griffith) Will Daniel regain his title or will Barnes clean the floor with him. People of taste in movies are often surprised as I label this as the best Karate Kid movie. "But it had banzai trees!" said my cousins in 1989 when I walked out of theaters and said "Finally a good movie!" Most people in the theaters as well as everyone in general were shocked that I could stand alone and praise this as the best of the series but for my money this is the best entry. Why? Because it is the greatest camp-fest of 1989.(Seriously Cyborg and Road House made more sense.) For starters we have Ralph Macchio looking in his late 20s playing a "kid" we have bad guys who for some reason throw their head back and laugh for no reason. I also want to acknowledge that Thomas Ian Griffith is great in this movie. His laughing at in which he gets the not too bright Daniel LaRusso to kick two by fours as well as punching solid wooden boards is ultimately great to watch. I also loved how Pat Morita refused to train Macchio for no reason, as if Daniel was supposed to drown rather than except the challenge posed by "Karate's Bad Boy" I also love how Macchio never seems to get the girl. (Come on even Sasha Mitchell finally had a wife in Kickboxer 4!) So the sheer homoeroticism between Morita and Macchio make this far more interesting than the hideously boring predecessor. (#2) After all the bickering between the two is non-stop. The Karate Kid III in all seriousness actually takes it's formula and provides more action and pumps up the villains to full effect and really it is this reason why I balk at the notion that this isn't the best movie of the series. In fact I think it makes required viewing for camp addicts, action fans and anyone else game for some fun cheese. Also watch for the final fight sequence which could quite possibly be the most one sided battle ever. Also it is worth watching just for the scene in which Daniel asks "What do we do if they come back?" to which a not even phased Myiagi says "Sing happy song!"

* * * out of 4-(Good)

P.S:Seriously check it out. It is made with enough craftsmanship that you can respect it but so blissfully stupid you just love it.

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