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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Daniel
... Miyagi (as Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita)
... Ali
... Kreese
... Lucille
... Johnny
... Bobby
Rob Garrison ... Tommy
... Dutch
... Jimmy
Israel Juarbe ... Freddy
... Mr. Mills
... Jerry
Juli Fields ... Susan
Dana Andersen ... Barbara
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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

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22 June 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Karate Kid  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Surprisingly, during filming in late 1983, Ralph Macchio was age 22. Some of the cast did not believe him when they asked about his age. See more »

Goofs

When Daniel is playing soccer at the beach, the sweat stains on the back of his shirt change significantly between shots. See more »

Quotes

Dutch: [Daniel is dressing into his gi when the Cobra gang walks into the locker room] Well, well, well, if it isn't our little friend Danielle. What's the matter? Your mommy isn't here to dress you?
[Daniel ignores him]
Dutch: Hey, I'm talking to you punk!
[Dutch shoves Daniel and Daniel puts his guard up]
Dutch: Come on, make a move! Come on! Right now!
Referee: [coming in] Hey! Save it for the fight! Now get out!
Dutch: [to Daniel] Points or no points, you're dead meat.
Referee: I said out!
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Written by John Mark and Richard Fenton
Produced by John Ryan
Performed by Broken Edge
Courtesy of Polygram Records, Inc.
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A classic story of good vs. evil
22 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

The Karate Kid is a wonderful film that tells the classic story of good vs. evil. Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) is obviously the good, along with Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita). The bad is the dojo of the Cobra Kai, led by the dangerous Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka). The feud between Lawrence and LaRusso is well-scripted and executed, as is the feud between Miyagi and Cobra Kai Sensei, Kreese.

This is the definitely the best film out of the four Karate Kid movies. I grew up as a really big fan of these fans and I'm glad they finally released the DVD set. I've searched the internet looking for good articles about the films and there's a very funny article by humorist Rob Bloom about Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso on Rob Bloom's website.

These movies are very entertaining (even #4) and definitely are required viewing for anybody who believes that the underdog can win in the end.


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