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PG| 2 hr. 6 min.

Plot Summary
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.

Cast: Ralph Macchio , Noriyuki "Pat" Morita , Elisabeth Shue , Randee Heller , Martin Kove , William Zabka , Chad McQueen , Tony O'Dell

Director: John G. Avildsen

Genres: Drama, Martial arts

Distributor: Columbia Pictures

The Karate Kid (1984)

Release Date: June 22nd, 1984|2 hr. 6 min.

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  • February 07, 2012 Dry Master
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    A true classic. I really enjoyed it and thought the acting and ending was marvelous! For it's time, Karate Kid had great fight scenes and had a fantastic storyline. It has drama, comedy, action which is a good mix. I loved it and is a great 80's film.

  • February 22, 2011 Yoshinaruto
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    Great movie, a classic, It is the best out of the 5 in the series.

  • June 15, 2010 jjonessabercats
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    This movie was very good and funny up until the end. I am going to try to see the second and third. And also the new one. This movie did have a lot of bad words. If you have not sean it try to!!!

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