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zjpka| The Karate Kid
Director: John G. Avildsen
Screenplay: Robert Mark Kamen
Producer: Bud S. Smith, Jerry Weintraub, R.J. Louis
Cast: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, Martin Kove, Randee Heller
Genre: Action & Adventure

Running Time: 126
Aspect Ratio:  1.85:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: Dolby
Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Spanish
Features: Special Edition
Studio:  Sony Pictures DVD Region:  99 PG
DVD Release:  Jun 2005 Discs:  1 (Cloud) [$12.99]
Reviews:  John G. Avildsen not only directed "Rocky", he tried remaking it over the years in a dozen different ways. One of them was this popular 1984 drama about a new kid (Ralph Macchio) in town targeted by karate-wielding bullies until he gets a new mentor: the handyman (Pat Morita) from his apartment building, who teaches him self-confidence and fighting skills. The screen partnership of Macchio's motor-mouth character and Morita's reserved father figure works well, and the script allows for the younger man to develop sympathy for the painful memories of his teacher. But the film's real engine, as with "Rocky", is the fighting, and there's plenty of that. Elisabeth Shue is on board as the girl the klutzy Macchio dreams of winning. "--Tom Keogh"

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