The Karate Kid (1984)

Only the 'Old One' could teach him the secrets of the masters.

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Podcast Release Date:
May 14, 2010

The Karate Kid Series Episode 1

Fear does not exist on this podcast! Pain does not exist on this podcast!

Did you want to take Karate lessons in 1984? If so, you weren’t alone! When The Karate Kid first came out in it was a smash hit, earning an Oscar nomination for Pat Morita and entering “Wax on, Wax off” into the cultural lexicon of movie phrases. Now, with this classic story being reinterpreted for modern audiences with this summer’s remake starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith, we at Now Playing will “wax on” with our Karate Kid retrospective series. Is this first installment worth the legacy? Listen in and find out!

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Movie Details

Series
Karate Kid
Original Title
The Karate Kid
Title
The Karate Kid
Director
John G. Avildsen
Author
Producer
Jerry Weintraub
Writer
Robert Mark Kamen
Actors
Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, Martin Kove, Randee Heller, William Zabka, Ron Thomas, Rob Garrison, Chad McQueen, Tony O'Dell, Israel Juarbe, William Bassett, Larry B. Scott, Juli Fields, Dana Andersen, Frank Burt Avalon, Jeff Fishman, Ken Daly, Tom Fridley, Pat E. Johnson, Bruce Malmuth, Darryl Vidal, Frances Bay, Christopher Kriesa, Bernie Kuby, Joan Lemmo, Helen Siff, Larry Drake, David Abbott, Molly Basler, Brian Davis, David De Lange, Erik Felix, Peter Jason, Todd Lookinland, Clarence McGee Jr., William Norren, Sam Scarber, Scott Strader, Chris Casamassa, Donald DeNoyer, Charles Gallant, Katheryn Gallant, Kelly Gallant, David LeBell, Tom Levy, Freeman Love, Monty O'Grady, Richard Patrick, Stan Rodarte, Andrew Shue, Sharon Spelman, Milanka Stevens, Nick Stevens, Robert Strong, Duff Tallahassee
Runtime
2 h 06 min
Release Date
22 June 1984
Genres
Action, Family, Drama
Overview
After some violent confrontations with his new classmates, Daniel LaRusso learns karate from Japanese handyman Mr. Miyagi, in order to defend himself.

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