'The Karate Kid:' Facts And Life Lessons From The 1984 Movie
By | November 29, 2016
The Karate Kid (1984), starring Ralph Macchio as a high school student who must learn martial arts to survive at his new school, is a wonderful coming-of-age story and an entertaining popcorn flick. Yet there was more to it than that -- Pat Morita, who played Mr. Miyagi, was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for his performance, and the film spawned two sequels, a remake, and -- over 30 years later -- a spinoff TV series called Cobra Kai. Clearly, this unusual film had more going for it than your standard teenage thrills.
'The Karate Kid' Was A Small Film That Made It Big
The summer of 2019 marked the 35th anniversary of the 1984 blockbuster -- and yes, though it feels like a small movie, it was a blockbuster. Made on a budget of just $9 million, the movie earned over $90 million at the box office around the world, making it the fifth biggest movie of 1984. And what a year 1984 was for fun movies -- The Karate Kid didn't make as much as Ghostbusters, Beverly Hills Cop, or Gremlins, but it exceeded the box-office receipts of Police Academy, Footloose, Splash and Revenge of the Nerds.