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FILM DETAILS
Certificate PG
Cast
Ralph Macchio
Pat Morita
Elizabeth Shue
Martin Kove
Directors
John G Avildsen
Screenwriters
Robert Mark Kamen
Running Time
minutes

The Karate Kid
The first instalment of John G. Avildsen's martial arts franchise.


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Plot
Daniel (Macchio) goes on a journey from weedy newcomer to kick-ass martial arts champion with the physical and philosophical help of Mr Miyagi (Mortia) and his all-American girlfriend Ali (Shue).


Verdict
While this may be as soppy and predictable as they come, it still reminds you why you used to enjoy '80s teen flicks so much in the first place.


Reviewed by Caroline Westbrook

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