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The Karate Kid

The Karate Kid

John G Avildsen (1984)

12 Certificate


Our Score
This junior version of Rocky - both were directed by John G Avildsen - became a massive worldwide success, spawning a series of sequels and probably ruining Ralph Macchio's career in the process. The actor has struggled ever since to shake off the image of the kid, the bullied youngster who is taught the secrets of karate by wise old Pat Morita and turns the tables on his tormentors. It's a shame, because here Macchio rises above the trite script to deliver a sympathetic and believable performance. Morita is equally good value and look out, too, for Elisabeth Shue in an early role. This is certainly the best in the series.


A teenager at a new school befriends a pretty girl, but her ex-boyfriend is jealous and attacks him. During one particularly bad fight, a wise old caretaker intervenes and defeats the youngster's assailants using his martial art skills. He goes on to mentor the boy and teach him karate so he can face his enemies in a tournament. Drama, with Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita and Elisabeth Shue.

Cast & Crew

Daniel LaRusso Ralph Macchio
Miyagi Pat Morita
Ali Elisabeth Shue
Kreese Martin Kove
Lucille LaRusso Randee Heller
Johnny William Zabka
Bobby Ron Thomas
Tommy Rob Garrison
Dutch Chad McQueen
Jimmy Tony O'Dell
Freddy Israel Juarbe
Mr Mills William H Bassett
Director John G Avildsen
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Columbia-Emi-Warner Dists Ltd Guidance: Edited for violence and swearing. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay


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