Rare Photos From The 1980s Captured Way More Than Expected

By Sarah Norman | September 20, 2023

William Zabka (18), and Ralph Macchio (22) during the filming of Karate Kid in 1983.

The 1980s were a truly unique and unforgettable decade, filled with maximalist music, iconic pop culture moments, and groundbreaking technology. From the rise of the personal computer to the emergence of memorable TV shows like The Wonder Years, the 1980s captured the imagination of people all around the world.

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Few ‘80s movies could out ‘80’s “The Karate Kid.” The fish out of water story of a New Jersey kid moving with his single mother to California before learning martial arts to fight off an Aryan-leaning karate club dubbed Cobra Kai was a plot that could only happen in the ‘80s. Thanks to a sensei turned maintenance man, young Daniel wins a karate tournament and the respect of the Cobra Kai.

When Mr. Universe gets overshadowed by Andre the Giant and Wilt Chamberlain, 1983.

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It’s rare when the “strongest man in the world” looks like the most athletic kid in middle school. But that’s precisely what happened when 14 time world champion Arnold Schwarzenegger worked with Andre the Giant and Wilt Chamberlain on “Conan The Destroyer”. Apparently, the trio would close down bars together and occasionally carry Arnold around like he was a child’s doll.