The Karate Kid (1984)

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A martial arts master agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager.

Did You Know?


  • Ralph Macchio was 22 during filming. Some of the cast did not believe him when they asked about his age.
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  • When Mr Miyagi is showing Daniel that he has been learning karate the whole time, he says, "Show me 'paint the house'." He is holding Daniel's right hand, but in the next shot Daniel drops his left hand.
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    • [they arrive at their new home]
    • Lucille Larusso: This is it. This is the end of the line.
    • Daniel: You're telling me.
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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.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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 local school bullies. There is no reason this simple story should run 2 hours and 10 minutes. Such a running time strains the good will generated by a cast full of likable performances. [22 June 1984, p.12]

Metacritic review by Gene Siskel
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

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

Metacritic review by Chris Cabin
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine