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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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Storyline

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 <[email protected]>

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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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Release Date:

22 June 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Karaté Kid - Le moment de vérité  »

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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

The "Crane Technique" while basically fictional, is based on a stance called the crane stance that is used in several traditional Karate kata. See more »

Goofs

During the last fight scene with Johnny and Daniel, Johnny's black head band falls off in one shot, and the referee picks it up and throws it off the mat. Subsequent shots show Johnny still wearing the head band, and some shots have him without it on. Also during the final fight, Johnny's hair alternates between being dry and soaked with sweat. See more »

Quotes

Daniel: Where am I, this ring over here?
Miyagi: Hai. Number three.
Daniel: What's that guy kneeling like that for?
Miyagi: Don't know.
Daniel: Don't you know anything you can tell me?
Miyagi: Hai. No get hit.
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The Ride
Written by Geoffrey & Sam Rose
Produced by Geoffrey Rose, Sam Rose and Richie Wise
Performed by Matches
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Exceptional teen film from the 80s
8 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

While John Hughs' films may be the standard for teen flicks in the 1980s, Hughs' films were just a few of the great and unique teen films to be released in that decade. Coupled with Back to the Future, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, the 80s was a rather unique time for teen movies. The Karate Kid just happened to be another one of those films. With the immortal Pat Morita leading the way, this film was not only touching, but put a whole new spin on the `zero-to-hero' story line which we have all seen too often. Ralph Macchio may have had no career after these film, but at least he proved to be comparable as Daniel (san). Sure, the ending and outcome proved to be a little predictable, but the film was still a winner.


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