The Karate Kid

Synopsis: Daniel and his mother move from New Jersey to California. She has a wonderful new job, but Daniel quickly discovers that a dark haired Italian boy with a Jersey accent doesn't fit into the blond surfer crowd. Daniel manages to talk his way out of some fights, but he 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 gardener leaps into the fray and save him by outfighting half a dozen teenagers. Miyagi and Daniel soon find out the real motivator behind the boys' violent attitude in the form of their karate teacher. Miyagi promises to teach Daniel karate and arranges a fight at the all-valley tournament some months off. When his training begins, Daniel doesn't understand what he is being shown. Miyagi seems more interested in having Daniel paint fences and wax cars than teaching him Karate.
Genre: Action, Drama, Family
Director(s): John G. Avildsen
Production: Columbia Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
126 min

Don't forget to tell Uncle Louie I left

the red wine and the Parmesan in the fridge.

I love you. Bye-bye.

- 'Bye, Judy.

- Send me a picture.

I'll be back soon. Don't worry about it.

- Be careful, now.

- 'Bye.

- Take it easy, now.

- 'Bye.

"California, here we come"

What's wrong? Don't you like my singing?

I don't like the song.

You're going to love California.

You get up in the morning...

...roll out of bed, plop, in the pool.

Yeah, sure.

You'll see. This isn't exactly a dump

we're moving to.

Push, Daniel.

Give it all you've got, kid. Push!

Okay, we've got it. Come on.

Get in, hurry up.

We did it again. Way to go!

Daniel, wake up.

Look off the starboard bow.

Paradise at last.

We made it.

Come on.

This is it.

This is the end of the line.

You're telling me.

Come on. All hands on deck.

We've got to get this thing unloaded

before it sinks.

Look at those palm trees!

Damn, do you know what that means?

Yeah, watch out for falling coconuts.

- Wise guy. No more Newark winters.

- I like winters.

Oh, you like sore throats?

You like frozen toes?

I don't like smog.

- Did I tell you about the pool here?

- About 100 times.

Okay, so make it 101.

Open your eyes, my darling son.

This is the Garden of Eden.

Come on.

Listen, we're in apartment 20, okay?

One flight up.

- Are you okay?

- Don't worry about it.

- Let me help you up.

- Thanks.

I shouldn't have done that. It was stupid.

You must be the new people in 20, right?

Yeah, I guess so.

- Freddy Fernandez, apartment 17.

- Daniel LaRusso.

How you doing? Let me help.

- No, it's fine. It's heavy, man.

- I got it.

- Where are you from?

- Just came in here from Newark.

What are you doing out here?

My mom got a job with some company

out here. Rocket Computers.

Flight of the Future. I don't know.

- I never heard of it.

- It's up and coming.

- Is this the only pool you've got?

- That's it. What was that, karate?

- Yeah.

- Have you been doing it long?

- Yeah, a while.

- Did you ever use it?

- A couple of times.

- I bet you could kick some ass.

I'd like to learn that.

Maybe you could teach me.

- Sure. That's cool. Anytime.

- Great.

This place is a dump.

You should go back to New Jersey.

How did you know where I was from?

'Cause I'm from New Jersey.

I got a nose for my own.

- Well what part?

- Parsippany.

- I never should've left.

- My Uncle Louie's from Parsippany.

- Louie Martini?

- Louie LaRusso.

Louie LaRusso? Don't know him.

Hey, pup.

How you doing? You thirsty?

- She's crazy.

- What?

- She's not playing with a full deck.

- She's nice.

- What are you doing tomorrow?

- I don't know. I guess nothing.

We're having a beach party.

Want to come?

- Sure, that's cool.

- I'll come get you in the morning.

Here's apartment 20.

- Is it?

- Should I leave this here?

- Yeah, thanks for the help.

- No problem.

Nice meeting you. Take care.

See you tomorrow morning.

Don't say anything about the pool.

I'll call first thing in the morning.

Did you tell that old lady

where we were from?

Yes. Didn't she remind you of Aunt Tessy?

- More like Uncle Louie.

- I really think we're going to do good here.

I have a very positive feeling.

I'm telling you, Daniel.

I just know it's going to work.

The faucet's broken.

The real estate lady said there's

a fix-it guy. See if you can find him.

What's that for?

- Uncle Louie's dog.

- He's cute.

- I got invited to a party tomorrow.

- Great. You see?

- But you wanted me to help you unpack.

- I don't remember saying that.

I must have had you mixed up

with somebody else.

Thanks, Ma.

Could you tell me

where the maintenance guy is?

Hey, pup.

You go in through there,

turn left, not too far...

...then right, go inside, and you'll find him

on the left.

So I go right then left?

No, left then right, then inside on the left.


Are you the maintenance man?

We're the new people in apartment 20.

The faucet's really leaking there.

Could you come fix it?

Can I tell my mom when?

When what?

When you're going to fix the faucet.


After what?

After after!

Could we have the ball, please?

Pretty good.


Sorry. Hey, wait up.

- Who's that blonde in the blue?

- The hills.

- What's the hills?

- Rich.

- I think the blonde is looking at you.

- Yeah, right.

- I think she has the hots for you.

- Who could blame her?

- Why don't you make a move?

- No, I'm eating, man.

- How can you think about eating?

- I'm hungry.

- Maybe they ain't got no moves in Jersey.

- I got moves where I come from.

We've got more moves back there

than here, I'll tell you that much.

Let's see 'em.

Come on, buddy. Go get her.

I'm going.

- Lose something?

- I hope we're not bothering you.

Hey, how do you juggle?

It's pretty easy. You start on the knee.

You just go one.

One at a time. Then you try two.

One, two.

And then three and four.

Try it. Just bring your leg up. Good!

- That was awesome!

- Brew time. Who's for a warm one?

No, I pass.

Who are you kidding?

You're the ace degenerate.

Ex-degenerate. Tomorrow I'm a senior.

I've got one year to make it all work.

And that's what I'm gonna do.

Make it work, all of it.

You must be a trendsetter, Johnny.

Everyone's doing something new.

Take a right. Check it out.

- Forget it, man. It's ancient history.

- Who told you, man?

- I thought they broke up.

- She did, he didn't.

Come on, try it.

Watch this.

I'll get it. I'll be right back.

- Ali, I want to talk to you.

- Leave me alone.

We've been over all this.

I don't want to talk.

I want to talk to you, all right?

- What is your problem?

- Just get out of here.

- That won't solve anything.

- Give me my radio.

I said, give me my radio.

- You promise you'll talk to me?

- Yes, give me my radio.

- You just broke my radio!

- Yeah.

Don't touch it, punk.

- What's going on?

- You want it?

Johnny, stop it.

- Stop it.

- I didn't do anything.

You're a big man now, huh?

You started this. I just wanted to talk.

- Leave him alone and we'll talk.

- Where did I hear that before?

How about you, hero? Had enough?

- Now we're even.

- No mercy, man.

Why don't you hit me?

- It's your fault!

- It's not.

- It's your fault.

- Ever think it's yours?

Why do you always have to fight?

Bullshit. Get on your bikes, guys.

You sure pick cool people

to be friends with.

Where'd you find this guy?

Come on, let's go. He'll be all right.

- Are you okay?

- Just leave me alone.

- I'll help you.

- Leave me alone. I'm okay.

Come on, Ali. Let's go.

It's better if you leave him alone.

Come on, let's go.


- How was the party?

- It was okay.

Must have been more than okay.

I didn't hear you come in.

- Any friend material?

- Some. I got to go.

- Eat first.

- I'm not hungry.

- You need energy to be charming.

- I'm fine, I got energy.

Do me a favour. Take off the glasses.

- Why?

- Because I asked you to.

- It's California. It's the look.

- I want to see your baby browns.

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Robert Mark Kamen

Robert Mark Kamen is an American screenwriter who has been writing major motion pictures for over twenty-five years. He is best known as creator and co-creator of the Karate Kid and Transporter franchises, as well as the 2008 action thriller Taken. more…

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