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The Karate Kid

HD   PG Closed Captioning

John G. Avildsen

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About the Movie

A fatherless teenager faces his moment of truth in THE KARATE KID. Daniel (Ralph Macchio) arrives in Los Angeles from the east coast and faces the difficult task of making new friends. However, he becomes the object of bullying by the Cobras, a menacing gang of karate students, when he strikes up a relationship with Ali (Elisabeth Shue), the Cobra leader's ex-girlfriend. Eager to fight back and impress his new girlfriend but afraid to confront the dangerous gang, Daniel asks his handyman Miyagi (Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita), whom he learns is a master of the martial arts, to teach him karate. Miyagi teaches Daniel that karate is a mastery over the self, mind, and body and that fighting is always the last answer to a problem. Under Miyagi's guidance, Daniel develops not only physical skills but also the faith and self-confidence to compete despite tremendous odds as he encounters the fight of his life in the exciting finale to this entertaining film.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 43
  • Fresh: 38
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 6.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The Karate Kid exhibits warmth and friendly, predictable humor, its greatest assets. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: This film's art consists entirely of hiding the cynicism of its calculations under an agreeably modest and disarming manner. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Morita is simply terrific, bringing the appropriate authority and wisdom to the part. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 30, 2013

Fresh: An exciting, sweet-tempered, heart-warming story with one of the most interesting friendships in a long time. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews


This movie is GREAT. It gives an awesome message to kids today, I think so anyway lol, probably because I am 16. Still an amazing movie though. p.s.RALPH MACCHIO IS AMAZINGLY SEXY!!


Ok, even though I am 14 years old, I am soooo in love with this movie. This movie has a fantastic message for all kids who are going through this today. Ralph Macchio ( Daniel ) did a great job and really made me feel that his emotions were real. Pat Morita ( Miyagi) was perfect to play Miyagi!!! This is a movie for all kids to watch. P.S. Ralph Macchio is HOTTT in here!!! Recommend this to anyone of any age!!!

A True Classic!!!!!

Definitely one of the best 80's movies ever..."Strike first, Strike hard, No mercy!" Please, please make this movie available for purchase. It's a must have!!!!!!!

The Karate Kid
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Kids & Family
  • Released: 1984

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