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The Karate Kid Details


Newly arrived in California from New Jersey, teenager Daniel (Ralph Macchio) almost immediately runs afoul of karate-trained high school bullies. He is rescued by Japanese janitor Miyagi (Noriyuki "Pat" Morita), who agrees to teach Daniel how to harness karate for good instead of brutality. The film culminates in a championship karate bout, pitting Daniel against his sworn enemy Johnny (William Zabka) -- the cruel and thuggish boyfriend of Ali (Elisabeth Shue), with whom Daniel has fallen in love (and vice versa). Real-life karate champ Chuck Norris was offered the role of Kreese, the sadistic coach who goads Johnny into fighting dirty, but Norris turned down the role, refusing to be shown utilizing his skills negatively onscreen. Vastly popular, The Karate Kid spawned three sequels of rapidly descending merit, as well as a Saturday-morning cartoon series. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:June 22, 1984


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Noriyuki "Pat" Morita Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1984 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Noriyuki "Pat" Morita Best Supporting Actor 1984 Nominee


Ralph Macchio
as Daniel
Noriyuki "Pat" Morita
as Miyagi
Elisabeth Shue
as Ali
Martin Kove
as Kreese
Randee Heller
as Lucille
William Zabka
as Johnny
Ron Thomas
as Bobby
Rob Garrison
as Tommy
Dana Anderson
as Barbara
Sam Scarber
as Referee
Peter Jason
as Soccer Coach
Chad McQueen
as Dutch
Bruce Malmuth
as Ring Announcer
Israel Juarbe
as Freddy
Todd Lookinland
as Chicken Boy
Molly Basler
as Cheerleading Coach
Juli Fields
as Susan
William H. Bassett
as Mr. Mills
David de Lange
as Waiter
Larry B. Scott
as Jerry
Helen Siff
as Cashier
Joan Lemmo
as Restaurant Manager
Tony O'Dell
as Jimmy
Larry Drake
as Yahoo
Frances Bay
as Lady with Dog
Brian Davies
as Boy in Bathroom
Bernie Kuby
as Mr. Harris
Christopher Kriesa
as Official
Scott Strader
as Eddie
Pat E. Johnson
as Referee
Tom Fridley
as Alan


John G. Avildsen
Jerry Weintraub
Robert Mark Kamen
Bill Conti
Composer (Music Score)
Brooks Arthur
Musical Direction/Supervision
Bud Smith
John G. Avildsen
Walt Mulconery
William J. Cassidy
Production Designer
Bud Smith
Associate Producer
R.J. Louis
Executive Producer
John H. Anderson
Set Designer
Richard Bruno
Costume Designer
Aida Swenson
Costume Designer
Jonathan West
Camera Operator
Fumio Demura
Caro Jones
Bonnie Timmermann
Pat E. Johnson
Fights Choreographer