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The Karate Kid Part III (1989)

PG | | Action, Drama, Family | 30 June 1989 (USA)
Ostracised villain John Kreese attempts to gain revenge on Daniel and Miyagi, with the help of a Vietnam War comrade, the wealthy owner of a toxic waste disposal business.

Director:

John G. Avildsen

Writers:

Robert Mark Kamen (characters), Robert Mark Kamen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Jonathan Avildsen ... Snake
William Christopher Ford William Christopher Ford ... Dennis (as Christopher Paul Ford)
Randee Heller ... Lucille
Pat E. Johnson ... Referee
Rick Hurst ... Announcer
Frances Bay ... Mrs. Milo
Joseph V. Perry Joseph V. Perry ... Uncle Louie
Jan Tríska ... Milos
Diana Webster Diana Webster ... Margaret
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Storyline

John Kreese, his life in tatters after his karate school was defeated by Daniel and Miyagi, visits Terry Silver, a Vietnam War comrade. Terry is a ruthless businessman and martial arts expert, and he vows to help Kreese gain revenge on Daniel and Miyagi, and reestablish Cobra Kai. Upon returning from Okinawa, Daniel and Miyagi discover that their apartment building has been demolished, which brings Miyagi out of work. Going against Miyagi's wishes, Daniel uses his college funds to realize Miyagi's dream of opening a bonsai tree shop, and becomes a partner in the bonsai business. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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First it was teacher to student. Then it was father to son. Now, it's man to man. See more »

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Action | Drama | Family | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Karate Kid 3 See more »

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Gross USA:

$38,956,288
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mr. Miyagi plant store was an old building in Highland Park, Ca. Also Daniel girlfriend pottery shop was across the street from it . You can look up where Mr. Miyagis building used to be at on google maps 128 N ave 50, 90042. You can still see the train tracks where the bullies busted doughnuts in the mustang, after destroying Mr. Miyagis store. See more »

Goofs

When Terry Silver and Daniel are in the Cobra Kai dojo for the first time together and Daniel is attempting to sweep the "knee" of the wooden dummy, the wood is solid and he cannot break it. As Terry Silver prepares to demonstrate the move, a break in the wood of the first leg is plainly visible. Sure enough, that's where his foot makes contact and the wood falls apart. A break in the torso, where he hits it, is similarly visible. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Kesuke Miyagi: [Terry's revenge plan is working and Miyagi is concerned about Daniel's change in personality] Daniel-san, why you doing this to yourself?
Daniel Larusso: Doing what?
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi: What you doing.
Daniel Larusso: Because Mr. Miyagi extreme situations require extreme measures. Okay?
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi: Oh, Daniel-san, that not sound like you talking.
Daniel Larusso: Well, it is me talking, all right?
[opens door to his room and confronts Miyagi face to face]
Daniel Larusso: Look, I'm sorry if you don't like it but I've got problems, okay, and if you're not going to be part of the solution, ...
[...]
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I Can't Help Myself
Written by Alan Roy Scott, Richard Hahn and Steve Greenberg
Performed by Glenn Medeiros
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A bit vacuous
8 August 2002 | by Agent10See all my reviews

While this film went back to the more casual appeal of the first film, it proved to be a bit of a rehashing of the first. The only difference, we see Daniel take on the `dark side' (a.k.a. not Mr. Myagi's way) of fighting. Sure, this had to be a little different, but Daniel trying to be a tough guy seemed a little off in a way. Sure, this film was entertaining, but it proved the series was running on empty. However, Mr. Myagi proved he could still kick plenty of butt, making the ending all worth it.


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