The Karate Kid
Daniel (Ralph Macchio) moves to Southern California with his mother, Lucille (Randee Heller), but quickly finds himself the target of a group of bullies who study karate at the Cobra Kai dojo. Fortunately, Daniel befriends Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki "Pat" Morita), an unassuming repairman who just happens to be a martial arts master himself. Miyagi takes Daniel under his wing, training him in a more compassionate form of karate and preparing him to compete against the brutal Cobra Kai.
Director: John G. Avildsen
Producer: Jerry Weintraub, R.J. Louis
Cast: Larry Drake, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, Larry B. Scott, Ron Thomas, Chad McQueen, Ralph Macchio, Tom Fridley, Dana Andersen, William Zabka, Scott Strader, Peter Jason, Frances Bay, Martin Kove, Randee Heller, Rob Garrison, Tony O'Dell, Bernard Kuby, Todd Lookinland, Israel Juarbe, Bruce Malmuth, Sam Scarber, Christopher Kriesa, William Bassett, Helen Siff, David Abbott, Ken Daly, Pat Johnson, Joan Lemmo, Juli Fields, Frank Avalon, Jeff Fishman, Darryl Vidal, Molly Basler, Brian Davis, David De Lange, Erik Felix, Clarence McGee Jr., William Norren
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One of the best movies! Pat Morita was an awesome albeit unorthodox teacher. Ralph Machio was the naive kid who wanted to learn karate but learned a lot more! This is a great root for the underdog kind of movie. That even though it's over 20 years old, it still holds up.September 24th, 2013 · Details
Parents need to know that this classic '80s martial arts movie is still a fine pick for families with older tweens. The Karate Kid was re-made in 2010 with a younger perspective starring Jaden Smith. The PG rating of the original seems a little mild considering the number of swear words (including "s--t"), insults, and fights -- not to mention one scene of marijuana use. This is a standard new-kid-in-town flick, but it's also got soul thanks to the teacher-student relationship between wise Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) and lonely teen Daniel (Ralph Macchio). Issues of class, race, (teen) romance, and even war are explored in this coming-of-age tale, where karate is a metaphor for life.May 11th, 2015 · Details
An all-time classic movie from the 80's. Loved it when I was a kid, so the nostalgia probably keeps me loving it even as an adult. There are some intense situations in the movie, so I recommend being careful before showing it to younger children.September 25th, 2013 · Details