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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

The house where Terry lives is actually the Ennis House, a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1924. The house has been used in multiple films, but most notably as the original "House on Haunted Hill (1959)," but also in Blade Runner (1982) and Grand Canyon (1991). See more »

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When Mr. Miyagi fights Terry Silver and the gang at the Cobra Kai dojo, he throws Barnes into the wall and temporarily knocks him out. Barnes falls face down with his head pointing away from the front door. In the next shot, they show Barnes lying on his back on the mat and his head is pointing toward the door. See more »

Quotes

Terry Silver: You think this is the end of it, old man? I'm gonna open Cobra Kai dojos all over this Valley. Hell, I might even teach for free! From now on, all that anyone will know about is Cobra Kai karate. John Kreese's karate. You won't even be a memory!
Daniel Larusso: Yes, he will. You won't.
[Kreese and Silver are laughing hysterically, as Daniel turns to Miyagi]
Daniel Larusso: NOW... will you train me?
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi: Hai. Now Miyagi train you.
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Referenced in Cobra Kai: All Valley (2018) See more »

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This Could Take All Night
Written by Diane Warren
Performed by Boys Club
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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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