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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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This time he has to choose. See more »

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Action | Drama | Family | Sport

Certificate:

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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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Box Office

Gross USA:

$38,956,288
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When the The Karate Kid Part III (1989) was released, Ralph Macchio was 28 years old. See more »

Goofs

At the movie's end, the tournament-announcer proclaims Daniel as the first person ever to win the All-Valley Championship two years in a row. Yet, in KARATE KID PART I, a different announcer cited Johnny Lawrence as having won the Grand Championship twice; Johnny was now defending his title for the third time. See more »

Quotes

Daniel Larusso: If Mr. Miyagi doesn't sell this tree we're looking for, he loses his business. He's broke. His Social Security can barely cover the expenses on his rowboat. This tree is like money in the bank.
Jessica Andrews: Great. So now we're robbing a bank.
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In a Trance
Written by Sverre Wiik and Harald Wiik
Performed by Money Talks
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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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