The Karate Kid

1984 American martial arts romantic drama film directed by John G. Avildsen

The Karate Kid is a 1984 American drama movie starring Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita. It tells the story of a boy named Daniel (Macchio) who moves with his mother from New Jersey to Los Angeles, California. Daniel has trouble adjusting and is victimized by a gang of bullies at his school. Mr. Miyagi (Morita), the handyman from the apartment building Daniel lives in, teaches Daniel martial arts, so he can fight the bullies in a tournament. In the song "You're the Best", the Roland Juno-106 patch "Brass" was heard. The movie was very successful and was compared to the boxing movie Rocky. It was followed by three sequels: The Karate Kid Part II, The Karate Kid Part III, The Next Karate Kid and a remake in 2010.

The Karate Kid
Directed byJohn G. Avildsen
Produced byJerry Weintraub
Written byRobert Mark Kamen
Music byBill Conti
CinematographyJames Crabe
Edited byJohn G. Avildsen
Walt Mulconery
Bud S. Smith
Delphi II Productions
Jerry Weintraub Productions
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • June 22, 1984 (1984-06-22)
Running time
127 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$8 million
Box office$91,1 million


Release DatesEdit

Country Premiere
  United States 22 June 1984
  Argentina 5 July 1984
  United Kingdom 31 August 1984
  Ireland 31 August 1984
  France 26 September 1984
  Australia 27 September 1984
  Brazil 28 September 1984
  Hong Kong 4 October 1984
  Netherlands 11 October 1984
  Uruguay 18 October 1984
  Sweden 19 October 1984
  Italy 25 October 1984
  Portugal 25 October 1984
  Colombia 1 November 1984
  Denmark 9 November 1984
  West Germany 9 November 1984
  Finland 16 November 1984
  Japan 16 February 1985
  South Korea 16 February 1985

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