The Karate Kid

The Karate Kid

John G Avildsen (1984)

PG Certificate


Our Score
This heart-warming, junior version of Rocky - both films were directed by John G Avildsen - became a massive worldwide success, spawning a series of sequels plus hit Netflix show Cobra Kai. Ralph Macchio plays the bullied teen who is taught the secrets of karate by wise old Pat Morita and turns the tables on his tormentors. Macchio rises above the trite script to deliver a sympathetic and believable performance, while Morita is equally good value - and look out, too, for Elisabeth Shue in an early role. This is certainly the best in the film 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: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia-Emi-Warner Dists LtdGuidance: Edited for violence and swearing.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray