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The Karate Kid Part III (1989)

Ralph Macchio , Pat Morita , John G. Avildsen  |  PG |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Robyn Lively, Thomas Ian Griffith, Martin Kove
  • Directors: John G. Avildsen
  • Writers: Robert Mark Kamen
  • Producers: Doug Seelig, Jerry Weintraub, Karen Trudy Rosenfelt, Sheldon Schrager
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 10, 2001
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JXY4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,064 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Ralph Macchio and Noriyuki “Pat” Morita return with more invaluable lessons about life, honor and friendship in THE KARATE KID PART III, directed by Oscar®-winner John G. Avildsen (Best Directing, Rocky 1976). John Kreese (Martin Kove) is back and more dangerous than ever! Blaming Daniel (Macchio) and Miyagi (Morita) for the loss of his karate school, the revenge-obsessed sensei asks evil martial arts master Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith) to help him win back the All Valley Championship and avenge his honor. So when Miyagi wisely refuses to help him defend a plastic trophy, Daniel unwisely decides to train with Terry instead, unaware he’s being set up for a terrible fall.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not *that* bad, but not as good as some say November 21, 2008
Karate Kid III has gotten a lot of play time on cable TV, which is where I first saw it. Not nearly as beloved as the previous two installments for a variety of reasons it's generally panned as being cartoonishly acted and using the same basic formula as it's predecessors. Ralph Macchio returns as the getting older but seldom wiser Daniel while Pat Morita resumes the role of the sagely guiding force of Mr. Miyagi.

First off, despite my 3 star rating, I actually *did* enjoy this movie. There are parts in the movie that really shine and then others that are slogged down by what can only be described as the result of over the top acting and in may ways a really weak script. It's a pretty simple plot that can be described in a single paragraph.

Daniel and Mr. Miyagi return from Okinawa (the events of which are barely mentioned) and Daniel is about to go to college. Mr. Miyagi discovers that his previous job, handyman at the apartment/motel of KK1, has essentially ceased to exist, so Daniel uses his college money to buy Mr. Miyagi a bonsai tree shop. The All-Valley Karate Tournament is due to begin again and while initially determined to participate Daniel eventually opts out so that he can help Mr. Miyagi with his shop. Meanwhile John Kreese, the villainous sensei of the Cobra Kai dojo (of the first film) loses his business and opts to move on with his life before being dissuaded by his Vietnam War buddy, Terry Silver, who happens to be some sort of free enterprise mogul with a focus on dumping hazardous waste. The two plot revenge on Daniel (and by extension Mr. Miyagi) by making him enter the tournament and adminstering an excruciating public arsebeating there.

First off, despite what anyone else has said Thomas Ian Griffith really shines as main villain Terry Silver.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant Film....... Genius! November 8, 2000
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KKIII is a modern-day Greek tragedy. The universal themes of love, betrayal and quicksilver are thoroughly explored in this stunning classic. I have not seen writing like this since Aristophanes.
In Terry Silver, billionaire toxic waste peddler, we have the perfect foil. This morality play begins to unfold when Danny-boy is forced to sign the entry form to defend his All-Valley championship. "I think a champion should defend his title," observes Silver in one of the most gripping and compelling scenes imaginable.
Mike Barnes and Snake (and, to a lesser extent, Dennis) provide the fuel for Danny-boy's moral fire. The scene in the bonsai shop that ends in the mustang convertable being nearly smashed by a speeding locomotive is reminiscent of early Kafka.
Constantly challenging and never boring, KKIII forces each of us to look in the mirror. For indeed, who can really know when our real, actual John Kreise will jump from behind the cardboard imitation?
In closing, keep in mind Myagi's admonition: "Karate fought for plastic metal trophy no mean nothing." Indeed. I couldn't sum it up any better than that.
A definite 5-star classic.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The end of Daniel san's story September 21, 2003
Right up there with the most inspirational films of our time, Karate Kid III is a testament to the human spirit. In this installment our favorite karate instructor, Sensei Kreese is torn by his demise at the hands of Daniel and Miyagi in the first film. Afterall, Daniel defeated Johnny at the All Valley Tournament. Where is there left to go for Kreese. You would think his life is over, but no. He turns to his rich friend Terry Silver for the answer. Mr. Silver is strangely obsessed over getting back at Miyagi and Daniel. I think he wanted it more than Kreese even for some reason. So he makes himself appear as a nobody, he even drives a little truck with no roof on it. Then he finds karate's bad boy, Mike Barnes...a performance that outshines perhaps any yet in the Karate Kid series. Barnes, and his two new friends, Snake and Dennis, eventually bully poor Daniel into signing up for the tourney. Silver finds a way to become friends with Daniel and basically makes him his puppet. He wills Daniel to fight without mercy and to go against all Daniel stands for by trying to convince him to fight dirty. Daniel doesn't really like it but he keeps studying under Silver for a while until he realizes the error of his way. At one point he asks Miyagi to teach him to sweep, in which Miyagi comes back with a broom and begins sweeping the steps. Brilliant. It all comes to an end at the tournament where Daniel must face his fear, and take on Mike Barnes. Daniel pulls no punches and unleashes his fury upon Barnes. Perhaps one of the greatest martial arts displays ever on film.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars SIGH!!! November 30, 2004
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Now this 3rd (and should have been last installment of this franchise...instead they came with "The NEXT karate kid with Hillary Swank)

Was just not acceptable!

First of all the editing sucked, some scenes Daniel (Ralph Macchio) looked fat and other scenes he looked slim, and other scenes there after he looked like he was GETTING fat. His jeans were ridiculously tight in some scenes.

So you didn't know which was before or after.They were then merged together to confuse us...the overall result was "fat".

How and why would they get the girl from "Teen Witch" (Robyn lively) to play a love interest that was doomed before the movie even reached 30 minutes with the "I already have a boyfriend" why are you taking up space in this weren't all that pretty!!

Pat Morita is great as always but even his mentality was on "Speed yawn" for this movie...he was just going through the contract.

Apparently alot of reviewers giving 5 stars saw Karate kid 3 first and saw the Karate kid 1 afterwards (same story). This would I guess be perfectly normal because they showed part 3 ALOT in the late 80s and early 90s on cable and I can't remember seing part 1 in almost 10 years even on regular TV.

Tons and tons of unnecessary over-acting in this one by Thomas Ian Griffin (laughing uncontrallably..almost comically..something out of a cartoon almost)and the "Johnny" looka-like dude.

Was it me or did the bad guys who wanted Daniel to sign the Tournament contract to fight against him seem to not have lives and show up where ever he was at? He's in the middle of a Bonzai hunting expedition with Mr. Miyagi and then they show up?All Daniel had to do was sign the contract and the movie would've been 15 minutes...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bring on the Bronson!
OK. This really should have been the second in the series, since, like in my review for "Karate Kid 1" (KK1) I complained that Ralph Macchio didn't go all Charles Bronson... Read more
Published 2 days ago by California Dreaming
3.0 out of 5 stars Who Wrote This Stuff?
In this,the last chapter.It's the return of Martin Cove as a best friend buys him out of debt and they start thinking of opening Kobra Kai Dojo's all over the valley. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cat's Clause
3.0 out of 5 stars Third Times A Charm
Daniel Larusso(Ralph Macchio) is in danger of losing it all when he places pride before principle in this powerful sequel to its predecessors as Daniel & Miyagi return with more... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Taheen Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars The Karate Kid Part 111
I got this movie for my husband and he really enjoyed it. He has seen all Karate movies to date.
Published 3 months ago by Betty Hess
4.0 out of 5 stars Check it out if you liked the other two.
It was a great third installment, however the second one is still my favorite. You do get to see Mr. Miyagi kick some ass in it again though.
Published 3 months ago by Jeffrey Bridges
4.0 out of 5 stars good service
Bought this used from a seller out of Wyoming. Sorry don't remember the name. It came when it said it would and in very good condition. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jason Walden
1.0 out of 5 stars Cracked DVD
I received the movie cracked and was very upsetting for the child not to be able to watch the movie
Published 5 months ago by Peggy Neal
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a classic
If you're looking at this to buy then you already know you're going to love it. It's a classic! Thanks Ralph Macchio!
Published 5 months ago by Christopher Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars not a bad movie
i think they should have stopped at the second one but again as sequels go, not a bad movie overall
Published 6 months ago by Robocop2609
1.0 out of 5 stars Should have stopped at 2
The story plot was horrible. The karate kid is bi-polar and the bad guys aren't believable. Plus what is with all the cursing?
Published 6 months ago by KenHeather Smith
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