The Karate Kid

Columbia Pictures Released 1984




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Movie Summary

John G. Avildsen

The movie revolves around a kid from New Jersey who's having trouble adjusting to his new home in Los Angeles. Merciless students from a local dojo hassle him whenever they have the chance, and Daniel knows too little of fighting to defend himself. After being rescued from a beating by the kind-hearted karate master Mr. Miyagi, Daniel begins training under the tutelage of the unconventional but highly knowledgeable sensei. Daniel only has two months to learn enough karate to defeat his opponent in an upcoming tournament.


Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The Karate Kid was one of the nice surprises of 1984 -- an exciting, sweet-tempered, heart-warming story with one of the most interesting friendships in a long time.

  • 75

    Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel

    A pleasing but overlong version of the Rocky story told through the character of a put-upon young high school student who learns karate from an old Japanese master to vanquish the ...

  • 63

    Slant Magazine Chris Cabin

    The Karate Kid might have been more endurable, maybe even endearing, if its runtime had been trimmed of a solid 30 minutes.

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    • Production Budget - $8,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $90,815,558 (5th)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $220,552,069

    • Other production companies:
      Jerry Weintraub Productions
      Delphi Films

    • Filming locations include:
      North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
      Reseda, Los Angeles, California
      Encino, Los Angeles, California
      Los Angeles, California
      Calabasas, California
      Sedona, Arizona
      Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California
      Norwalk, California
      Malibu, California
      Sedona, Arizona
      Phoenix, Arizona

    • Taglines:
      1. He taught him the secret to Karate lies in the mind and heart. Not in the hands.
      2. Only the 'Old One' could teach him the secrets of the masters.

    • Music:
      (Bop Bop) On the Beach
      Written by Mike Love
      Performed by The Flirts and Jan & Dean
      Tough Love
      Written by Shandi and Toni Stern
      Performed by Shandi
      Written by Andy Gill and Jon King
      Performed by Gang of Four
      No Shelter
      Written by John Mark and Richard Fenton
      Performed by Broken Edge
      Courtesy of Polygram Records, Inc.
      Please Answer Me
      Written by John Mark and Richard Fenton
      Rhythem Man
      Written by M. St. Regis, G. St. Regis, J. Peters, R. Adams, A. Flashman, A. Hutt and G. Challen
      Performed by St. Regis
      Feel the Night
      Music by Bill Conti
      Lyrics by Baxter Robertson
      Performed by Baxter Robertson
      You're the Best
      Music by Bill Conti
      Lyrics by Allee Willis
      Performed by Joe Esposito
      Young Hearts
      Written by Dave Merenda
      Produced by Dave Merenda and Brooks Arthur
      Performed by Commuter
      The Ride
      Written by Geoffrey & Sam Rose
      Performed by Matches
      Cruel Summer
      Written by Tony Swain, Steve Jolley, Keren Woodward, Sara Dallin and Siobhan Fahey
      Performed by Bananarama

    • Academy Awards Nominations:
      1. Supporting Actor - Pat Morita (won by Haing S. Ngor)


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Martial Arts, Teen, Family Dramas