Karate Kid

The Karate Kid

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Director: John G. Avildsen

Cast: John G. Avildsen, Ralph Macchio, Noriyuki "Pat" Morita, Elisabeth Shue

     
 

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Newly arrived in California from New Jersey, teenager Daniel (Ralph Macchio) almost immediately runs afoul of karate-trained high school bullies. He is rescued by Japanese janitor Miyagi (Noriyuki "Pat" Morita), who agrees to teach Daniel how to harness karate for good instead of brutality. The film culminates in a championship karate bout, pitting Daniel against his

Overview

Newly arrived in California from New Jersey, teenager Daniel (Ralph Macchio) almost immediately runs afoul of karate-trained high school bullies. He is rescued by Japanese janitor Miyagi (Noriyuki "Pat" Morita), who agrees to teach Daniel how to harness karate for good instead of brutality. The film culminates in a championship karate bout, pitting Daniel against his sworn enemy Johnny (William Zabka) -- the cruel and thuggish boyfriend of Ali (Elisabeth Shue), with whom Daniel has fallen in love (and vice versa). Real-life karate champ Chuck Norris was offered the role of Kreese, the sadistic coach who goads Johnny into fighting dirty, but Norris turned down the role, refusing to be shown utilizing his skills negatively onscreen. Vastly popular, The Karate Kid spawned three sequels of rapidly descending merit, as well as a Saturday-morning cartoon series.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
The initial film of the enormously successful Karate Kid series, although essentially the familiar tale of an underdog striving for victory, has an innate appeal often lacking in the genre -- an entirely believable rapport between its two stars. The script centers on the travails of a teenage boy, played by Ralph Macchio, who learns to defend himself against the bullying of some uncomfortably Aryan-looking types from an elderly Asian gardener (Pat Morita) who happens to be a master of the martial arts. The film goes beyond the typical plot machinery, as the old man teaches the boy about more than just karate, and a relationship develops between the two. Macchio and Pat Morita are close to perfection in their roles, and Martin Kove is good as the guy you love to hate. Macchio went on to star in a couple of sequels to the hit film, and it seems possible that his strong identification with the role might have hampered the development of his career.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/11/2010
UPC:
0043396328204
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
ABC
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:07:00
Sales rank:
29,400

Special Features

Feature: "Blu-Pop"; Commentary with director John G. Avildsen, writer Robert Mark Kamen and actors Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita; "The Way of the Karate Kid" multi-part making-of featurette; "Beyond the Form" featurette; "East Meets West: A Composer's Notebook"; "Life of Bonsai" featurette

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ralph Macchio Daniel
Noriyuki "Pat" Morita Miyagi
Elisabeth Shue Ali
Martin Kove Kreese
Randee Heller Lucille
William Zabka Johnny
DJ Ron Thomas Bobby
Rob Garrison Tommy
Dana Anderson Barbara
Brian Davies Boy in Bathroom
David de Lange Waiter
Molly Basler Cheerleading Coach
Chad McQueen Dutch
Tony O'Dell Jimmy
Israel Juarbe Freddy
William H. Bassett Mr. Mills
Larry B. Scott Jerry
Juli Fields Susan
Frank Burt Avalon Chucky
Jeff Fishman Billy
Tom Fridley Alan
Bruce Malmuth Ring Announcer
Frances Bay Lady with Dog
Christopher Kriesa Official
Bernie Kuby Mr. Harris
Joan Lemmo Restaurant Manager
Helen Siff Cashier
Larry Drake Yahoo
Peter Jason Soccer Coach
Todd Lookinland Chicken Boy
Sam Scarber Referee
Scott Strader Eddie
Pat E. Johnson Referee

Technical Credits
John G. Avildsen Director,Editor
John H. Anderson Set Decoration/Design
Brooks Arthur Musical Direction/Supervision
Richard Bruno Costumes/Costume Designer
E. Thomas Case Makeup
William J. Cassidy Production Designer
Clifford C. Coleman Asst. Director
Bill Conti Score Composer
James A. Crabe Cinematographer
Fumio Demura Stunts
Pennie Du Pont Casting
Dean Hodges Sound/Sound Designer
J.Paul Huntsman Sound Editor
Caro Jones Casting
Robert Mark Kamen Screenwriter
R.J. Louis Executive Producer
William Matthews Production Designer
Walt Mulconery Editor
Bud Smith Associate Producer,Editor
Aida Swenson Costumes/Costume Designer
Bonnie Timmermann Casting
Jerry Weintraub Producer
Jonathan West Camera Operator

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The Karate Kid 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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The Karate Kid is one of my favorite films ever. The acting was great and the plot was well thought up. This movie was interesting, funny, and hard to forget. I recommend it to everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can never get tired of watching this movie. It's fantastic! I LOVE it! It has a predictable story, but is great nonetheless. Watch it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Karate Kid is one of those movies where a kid is bullied by a mean guy so in order to defend hiself is by taking kartae Mr. Meogee teaches him Karate and he learns to stand up for himself by fighting the bully Johny the bad guy who's a jerk
Guest More than 1 year ago
A truly inspirational film! This story is about Daniel Larusso, a proud native of New Jersey, who makes good in the trenches of a rich LA high school. Even though he becomes disillussioned due a few serious beatings at the hands of some high school cool kids, Mr. Miagi rekindles Daniel's heart of gold. When Daniel prevails at the end, it's like he's winning one for all of us! Purchase this film - you won't regret it!
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Ralph Macho is 57 playing a ten year at Reseda high when he gets beat up behind a grocery store. The owner comes out and drags him into his secret garden and gives him a yellow car. Then a tubby blonde chick falls for him and he must fight for his right to party. He learned karate at the YMCA but his new ninja master has some skills for him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Karate Kid is pretty awesome. It forever put Ralph Macchio's acting career on hold. A really good scene is when Johnny and his buddies are all dressed like skeletons and Mr. Miyagi whoops all their asses..but that was in the eighties. In today's world, Mr. Miyagi would have been videotaped by some bystander with a camera phone which would have been turned into the authorities as evidence. Due to racial profiling, he would have been apprehended the next day and charged with assault and abuse of a minor. Johnny would have probably shown up in court with a neck brace (even though he only got punched in the stomach), won the jury's sympathy and sued Mr. Miyagi for emotional distress. Miyagi would have gone to jail for a 2-5 stretch and Johnny would have been the one to end up with the yellow convertible. Then Daniel's leg would have never been swept and maybe he could finish that promising soccer career he had going, but not without feeling guilty for being the main reason Miyagi is doing prison laundy for $0.80 a day until parole