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The Karate Kid (1984)

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A martial arts master agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager.

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John G. Avildsen
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Macchio ... Daniel LaRusso
Pat Morita ... Mr. Miyagi (as Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita)
Elisabeth Shue ... Ali Mills
Martin Kove ... John Kreese
Randee Heller ... Lucille LaRusso
William Zabka ... Johnny Lawrence
Ron Thomas ... Bobby Brown
Rob Garrison Rob Garrison ... Tommy
Chad McQueen ... Dutch
Tony O'Dell ... Jimmy
Israel Juarbe Israel Juarbe ... Freddy Fernandez
William Bassett ... Mr. Mills
Larry B. Scott ... Jerry
Juli Fields Juli Fields ... Susan
Dana Andersen Dana Andersen ... Barbara
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Storyline

Daniel and his mother move from New Jersey to California. She has a wonderful new job, but Daniel quickly discovers that a dark haired Italian boy with a Jersey accent doesn't fit into the blond surfer crowd. Daniel manages to talk his way out of some fights, but he is finally cornered by several who belong to the same karate school. As Daniel is passing out from the beating he sees Miyagi, the elderly gardener leaps into the fray and save him by outfighting half a dozen teenagers. Miyagi and Daniel soon find out the real motivator behind the boys' violent attitude in the form of their karate teacher. Miyagi promises to teach Daniel karate and arranges a fight at the all-valley tournament some months off. When his training begins, Daniel doesn't understand what he is being shown. Miyagi seems more interested in having Daniel paint fences and wax cars than teaching him Karate. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Only the 'Old One' could teach him the secrets of the masters. See more »

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Action | Drama | Family | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

22 June 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Karate Kid See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,031,753, 24 June 1984, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$90,815,558
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Daniel's original last name in the script was "Webber" according to the DVD commentary. See more »

Goofs

At almost 1:20:00 into the movie, Miyagi makes a 10 o'clock appointment with Daniel to go visit the karate school. But there is no way, that Miyagi knew at what time the lessons would take place. See more »

Quotes

Tommy: Get him a body bag! Yeah!
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Alternate Versions

The edited-for-TV versions are heavily edited for drugs and violence. The scene where Johnny is rolling a joint in a cubicle is snipped, and we just see Daniel feeding the hose through the top of the door. Many of the fight scenes are clipped, cutting away most of the action and actual punches are not shown. The final move by Daniel is shown, but the immediate reaction of Johnny (and his rolling on the floor in pain) is not See more »

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Cruel Summer
Written by Tony Swain, Steve Jolley, Keren Woodward, Sara Dallin and Siobhan Fahey
Performed by Bananarama
Courtesy of Polygram Special Projects, A division of Polygram Records, Inc.
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Wax on...Wax the best movie ever!
31 January 2005 | by XoX0BrItTnEy0XoXSee all my reviews

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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