Original 11x14 USA Lobby Card The Karate Kid 1984
The Karate Kid is a 1984 American martial arts drama film produced by Jerry Weintraub, directed by John G. Avildsen, written by Robert Mark Kamen, and stars Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita and Elisabeth Shue. It is an underdog story in the mold of a previous success with Rocky (1976), which Avildsen also directed. The film features the Gōjū-ryū, Gōjū Kai style of karate. The Karate Kid was a commercial success upon release and garnered critical acclaim, earning Morita an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. The film became the first instalment in an ongoing Karate Kid franchise, spawning three sequels, The Karate Kid (2010 film) and Cobra Kai. The film has been credited for popularizing Karate in the United States.