All Genres: Family, Sport
Release Year: 1984
Rating: 7.5 (0)
Languages: English, Japanese
Director: John G. Avildsen
- Only the Old One could teach him the secrets of the masters.
- He taught him the secret to Karate lies in the mind and heart. Not in the hands.
Writing by: Robert Mark Kamen – (written by)
Produced by: R.J. Louis – executive producer
Bud S. Smith – associate producer
Jerry Weintraub – producer
Cast: Ralph Macchio – Daniel Larusso
Pat Morita – Mr. Kesuke Miyagi (as Noriyuki Pat Morita)
Elisabeth Shue – Ali Mills
Martin Kove – John Kreese
Randee Heller – Lucille Larusso
William Zabka – Johnny Lawrence
Ron Thomas – Bobby Brown
Rob Garrison – Tommy
Chad McQueen – Dutch
Tony ODell – Jimmy
Israel Juarbe – Freddy Fernandez
Music: Bill Conti
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Plot Outline: A handyman/martial arts master agrees to teach a bullied boy karate and shows him that there is more to the martial art than fighting.
Plot: Daniel and his mother move from New Jersy to California. She has a wonderful new job but Daniel discovers that a dark haired Italian boy with a Jersey accent doesnt fit into the blond surfer crowd, especially when he tries to date one of their girl friends. Daniel manages to talk his way out of some fights but is finally cornered by several who belong to the same karate school. As Daniel is passing out from the beating he sees Miyagi, the elderly gardner leap into the fray and save him by outfighting a half dozen teenagers. Miyagi and Daniel find the real motivator behind the boys violent attitude is the their karate teacher. Miyagi promises to teach Daniel to fight and arranges a fight at a karate contest some months off. When his training begins, Daniel cant understand what he is being shown. Miyagi seems more interested in having Daniel paint fences and wax cars than teaching him Karate.
Crazy Credits: We know about 2 Crazy Credits. One of them reads:
The special post-9/11 episode was broadcast without the regular opening credits. Instead, the episode began with the cast, out of character, speaking about the episode, followed by credits on a black screen.
Goofs: We know about 26 goofs. Here comes one of them:
Revealing mistakes: When Mr. Miyagi and Daniel are attempting to catch a fly in their chopsticks, you can see that the fly is attached to a thin wire when it “flies” in between their two heads.
Trivia: There are 22 entries in the trivia list – like these:
- The referee in the final match is Pat E. Johnson, a karate expert and former student of Chuck Norris. He instructed many movie stars in karate.
- Mr. Miyagi is named for Chogun Miyagi, who became the forerunner of karate-jutsu in Okinawa, Japan. Sensei Miyagi as he was called, created his own style of karate-jutsu, which he dubbed Goju Ryu, which means hard and soft style.
- Martin Kove, who played the John Kreese character, was rumored to have replaced Chuck Norris, who allegedly turned down the role of Kreese because he didnt want karate trainers to be shown in an unsympathetic light. Norris has since said he was never offered the role but that if he had been, he wouldve declined for similar reasons.