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The Karate Kid (1984)

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A Japanese martial arts instructor agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager.

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John G. Avildsen
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Macchio ... Daniel
Pat Morita ... Miyagi (as Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita)
Elisabeth Shue ... Ali
Martin Kove ... Kreese
Randee Heller ... Lucille
William Zabka ... Johnny
Ron Thomas ... Bobby
Rob Garrison Rob Garrison ... Tommy
Chad McQueen ... Dutch
Tony O'Dell ... Jimmy
Israel Juarbe Israel Juarbe ... Freddy
William Bassett ... Mr. Mills
Larry B. Scott ... Jerry
Juli Fields Juli Fields ... Susan
Dana Andersen 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]>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He taught him the secret to Karate lies in the mind and heart. Not in the hands. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Family | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

22 June 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Karate Kid See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Several times, Mr. Miyagi corrects Daniel's pronunciations of "bonsai" and "banzai" which Daniel understandably confuses. "Bonsai", meaning "tray planting", is the art of making a miniature tree in a container, and comes from the Chinese term "penzai", which has the same meaning. "Banzai", meaning "hurrah", (literally, "ten thousand years", that is, "long life") also comes originally from Chinese and is equivalent to the modern Mandarin term "wansui". See more »

Goofs

When Daniel and Ali are talking on the soccer field you see two soccer balls in the background by the cheerleaders then they cut to a closeup with Daniel and Ali talking when the camera cuts back to the cheerleaders the two soccer balls have disappeared with only one of them coming back yet it comes back on the left of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Lawrence: [DELETED SCENE: Johnny accosts Daniel at school, gives him a piece of paper] ... Got something for you. All-Valley Tournament application. You fill that out and send it in, so they'll know where to claim the body. Next-of-kin stuff, ya know?
Daniel: Let me ask you something: We both know you can stomp me, anytime and anywhere, for any reason. So why bother rubbing it in?
Johnny Lawrence: [shrugs] Maybe I like rubbing it in.
Daniel: Don't you ever think that he
[obviously referring to Kreese]
Daniel: might be wrong - at least, about some ...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by 19 secs by the BBFC and completely removed the scene of Johnny rolling and lighting a reefer for a PG certificate. Later video releases were uncut and the certificate upgraded to 15. See more »

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Referenced in When We First Met (2018) See more »

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Written by Andy Gill and Jon King
Produced by Jon King and Andy Gill
Performed by Gang of Four
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I miss these movies
3 October 2004 | by Darkmonarch2003See all my reviews

I am a kid of the 80's, no doubt about it. This movie meant a lot to me back when I was growing up. I never really took karate and I wasn't really bullied, but it is great to remember a time when profanity wasn't needed for humor, or vulgarity, or shootings or blowing up buildings.

A time when the " good guy " would adhere to the rules and had morals. A time when the " bad guy " had no honor, but would rarely curse...lol. ( Hey, this was a PG movie after all, wasn't it? LOL. ) " Oh, I think nothing of cheating and being mean, because THAT'S what makes the audience dislike me and root for the hero, but I just can't use filthy words. " I miss that.

I love the movie because it takes me back to my childhood and a simpler time. A good guy and a bad guy, with the good guy coming out on top. If the " good guy " curses like a sailor, shoots everyone that gets in his way, and does everything vile imaginable, he's not really that good of a guy, is he?

Yeah, I'm " old school. " So what?


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