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The Karate Kid ()


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

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  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations.
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Daniel
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Miyagi (as Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita)
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Ali
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Kreese
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Lucille
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Johnny
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Bobby
Rob Garrison ...
Tommy
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Dutch
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Jimmy
Israel Juarbe ...
Freddy
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Mr. Mills
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Jerry
Juli Fields ...
Susan
Dana Andersen ...
Barbara
Frank Burt Avalon ...
Chucky
Jeff Fishman ...
Billy
Ken Daly ...
Chris
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Alan
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Referee
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Ring Announcer
Darryl Vidal ...
Karate Semi-Finalist
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Lady with Dog
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Official
Bernie Kuby ...
Mr. Harris (as Bernard Kuby)
Joan Lemmo ...
Restaurant Manager
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Cashier (as Helen J. Siff)
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Yahoo #1
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Yahoo #2 (as David Abbott)
Molly Basler ...
Cheerleading Coach
Brian Davis ...
Boy in Bathroom
David De Lange ...
Waiter
Erik Felix ...
Karate Student
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Soccer Coach
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Chicken Boy
Clarence McGee Jr. ...
Referee #2
William Norren ...
Doctor
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Referee #3
Scott Strader ...
Eddie
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Tournament Guest (uncredited)
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Karate Student (uncredited)
Charles Gallant ...
Karate Fan (uncredited)
Katheryn Gallant ...
Karate Fan (uncredited)
Kelly Gallant ...
Karate Fan (uncredited)
David LeBell ...
Guy at halloween dance (uncredited)
Tom Levy ...
Cheering Kid (uncredited)
Freeman Love ...
Waiter (uncredited)
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Club Patron (uncredited)
Richard Patrick ...
Beachgoer (uncredited)
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Member of Cobra Kai (uncredited)
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Mrs. Mills (Ali's Mother) (uncredited)
Milanka Stevens ...
Club Patron (uncredited)
Nick Stevens ...
Club Patron (uncredited)
Robert Strong ...
Club Patron (uncredited)
Duff Tallahassee ...
Karate Fan #4 (uncredited)

Directed by

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John G. Avildsen

Written by

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Robert Mark Kamen ... (written by)

Produced by

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R.J. Louis ... executive producer
Bud S. Smith ... associate producer (as Bud Smith)
Jerry Weintraub ... producer

Music by

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Bill Conti

Cinematography by

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James Crabe ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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John G. Avildsen
Walt Mulconery
Bud S. Smith ... (as Bud Smith)

Editorial Department

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Richard Alderete ... associate editor
Seth Flaum ... associate editor
M. Scott Smith ... associate editor

Casting By

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Pennie DuPont
Caro Jones
Bonnie Timmermann

Production Design by

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William J. Cassidy

Set Decoration by

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John H. Anderson

Costume Design by

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Richard Bruno
Aida Swinson

Makeup Department

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E. Thomas Case ... makeup artist
Cheri Ruff ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Howard Pine ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Peter Choi ... trainee assistant director
Clifford C. Coleman ... first assistant director
Hope R. Goodwin ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Craig B. Ayers Sr. ... greensman
Sam Gordon ... property master
Mentor Huebner ... production illustrator
William F. Matthews ... set designer
Michael Muscarella ... construction coordinator

Sound Department

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Rick Ash ... foley mixer
Norval D. Crutcher ... sound effects editor
Samuel C. Crutcher ... sound effects editor
Thomas Cunliffe ... boom operator
Don Digirolamo ... re-recording mixer
Robert Glass ... re-recording mixer (as Robert J. Glass)
Dean Hodges ... sound mixer
J. Paul Huntsman ... post-production dialogue
Robert Knudson ... re-recording mixer (as Robert Knudsen)
Clive Taylor ... sound recordist
Glenn T. Morgan ... assistant sound editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Frank Toro ... special effects

Stunts

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Johnny Atkinson ... stunts (as John Atkinson)
Clarke Coleman ... stunts
David Crockett ... stunts
Fumio Demura ... stunts
Pat Green ... stunts
Gary Hallenbeck ... stunts (as Gary Hillenbeck)
Douglas Ivan ... stunts
Buck McDancer ... stunts
Bob Nichimura ... stunts
Pat Romano ... stunts (as Patrick Romano)
Ronnie Rondell Jr. ... stunts (as Ronnie Rondell)
Spike Silver ... stunts
Lance Turner ... stunts
Scott Wilder ... stunts
Luke LaFontaine ... stunts (uncredited)
Alan Oliney ... stunt coordinator (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Peter J. Breen ... dolly grip
Malcolm Bryce ... electrician
Allen D. Easton ... first assistant camera
Brad Edmiston ... first assistant camera
Joel Kirschner ... second assistant camera
John London ... key grip
Ross A. Maehl ... gaffer
Tom D. May ... best boy grip
Ralph Nelson ... still photographer (as Ralph Nelson Jr.)
Patrick G. Ralston ... best boy (as Pat Ralston)
Stephen St. John ... steadicam operator
Jonathan West ... camera operator
Don Zobel ... best boy

Location Management

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Richard Davis Jr. ... location manager (as Richard Davis)

Music Department

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Brooks Arthur ... music supervisor
Tom Boyd ... oboe soloist
Stephen A. Hope ... music editor
Russ Regan ... music supervisor
Dan Wallin ... score mixer
Gheorghe Zamfir ... musician: pan flute
Angela Morley ... orchestrator (uncredited)
James Thatcher ... musician: French horn solos (uncredited)
Celia Weiner ... music editor (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Alan Falco ... transportation coordinator
Chris Haynes ... driver

Other crew

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Pete Emmet ... unit publicist
Alvin Greenman ... script supervisor
Jeannie Jeha ... production coordinator
Pat E. Johnson ... martial arts choreographer
Pat Romano ... instructor: bicycle riding (as Patrick Romano)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Only the 'Old One' could teach him the secrets of the masters. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Le moment de vérité (France)
  • Karate kid, le moment de vérité (France)
  • Karate Kid (Germany)
  • Karate Kid: El momento de la verdad (Spain)
  • Karate kölyök (Hungary)
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Runtime
  • 126 min
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Box Office

Budget $8,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $5,031,753, 24 Jun 1984

Did You Know?

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Trivia The studio wanted to drop the "drunk Miyagi" scene, feeling it slowed the pace down. Director John G. Avildsen argued for it and has felt it was the scene that got Pat Morita nominated for an Oscar. See more »
Goofs Allie tells Daniel that head shots are fair game, and Daniel ultimately wins by using one. However, the referees repeatedly call fowl on other contestants who use them. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Hollywood Burn (2006). See more »
Soundtracks The Moment of Truth See more »
Quotes Daniel: Hey, what kind of belt do you have?
Miyagi: Canvas. JC Penney, $3.98. You like?
Daniel: [laughs] No, I meant...
Miyagi: In Okinawa, belt mean no need rope to hold up pants.
[laughs; then, seriously]
Miyagi: Daniel-san...
[taps his head]
Miyagi: Karate here.
[taps his heart]
Miyagi: Karate here.
[points to his belt]
Miyagi: Karate never here. Understand?
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