The Karate Kid

Columbia Pictures Released 1984



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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.


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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