The Karate Kid, Part III 1989

The Karate Kid Part III

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Inspiration is in short supply in this third Karate Kid film, which recycles the basic narrative from its predecessors but adds scenery-chewing performances and a surprising amount of violence.

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Cobra Kai karate instructor John Kreese (Martin Kove) is still brooding over the defeat handed to him by Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki "Pat" Morita). With his slimy partner, Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith), Kreese plans an intricate payback that involves hiring a mean-spirited ringer (Sean Kanan) to rob Daniel of his championship title. When Mr. Miyagi refuses to train Daniel, even under threat, the boy makes the mistake of turning to Terry for guidance.

Cast & Crew

Ralph Macchio
Daniel LaRusso
Pat Morita
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi
Robyn Lively
Jessica Andrews
Martin Kove
John Kreese
Sean Kanan
Mike Barnes
John Carter
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Caro Jones
Casting Director
Bill Matthews
Art Director
Catherine Mann
Set Decoration
Del Acevedo
Key Makeup Artist
Ron Berkeley
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Critic Reviews for The Karate Kid, Part III

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  • The Karate Kid Part III is a brave but misguided attempt to restate the lesson through a narrative ploy that nearly always works, but here produces no more than recycling.

    July 15, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Part III, however, is not merely a disaster of the most uninspired contrivances but is actually unsuitable for youngsters, the series' natural audience.

    July 15, 2014 | Full Review…
  • About all that enlivens The Karate Kid Part III is a screamingly over-the-top performance by Thomas Ian Griffith, who plays a toxic waste magnate and karate buff who hatches a madly complex plot to humiliate Daniel and his teacher.

    July 15, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The pattern has so calcified that Gene Autry westerns seem like models of moral complexity by comparison.

    June 9, 2010 | Full Review…
  • The makers of The Karate Kid Part III -- also responsible for its successful predecessors -- have either delivered or taken a few too many kicks to the head along the way.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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  • After suffering endless abuse, Daniel wins with just a few well placed whacks: those expecting standard wish-fulfilment fantasy will be disappointed that (in tune with the philosophy, of course) he didn't give the punk a pasting.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Suzi Feay

    Time Out
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Audience Reviews for The Karate Kid, Part III

  • Nov 21, 2012
    Third entry of The Karate Kid series is already a sign that it is too much and it shows the familiar elements of previous films in the series. The script is horrible, the plot suffers greatly, and the acting and directing are not up to par. There really is no need for a third sequel because part 2 was already pretty bad and pointless. This film lacked a truly engaging plot, great acting and good, memorable moments. The third film is a horrible, dull experience and it doesn't do anything to entertain you. Fragments of the original plot are still here, but the film lacks in new, effective ideas that really works. I hated the film, was really bored with it, and just when you think the franchise would get worst, they filmed The Next Karate Kid, which was awful, and went where the previous films went. The only difference is, the first one was a great, well written, memorable and fun picture that was compelling; however these films fail to deliver the magic that the original did. Poor acting, with a poor script and top it off with poor, sketchy directing from director John G. Avildsen, who directed the first one, it's a shame that he couldn't recapture the moments of the original. This is a bland addition to the series that isn't worth checking out. This third film adds nothing truly compelling, and I truly hated this film, and it's even clearer that sequels to the original were not necessary whatsoever. Watch with caution.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2010
    Pretty much as good as the first one. Two real badasses here...
    Martin S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 20, 2010
    A so-so third effort as the original rival sensi from the first wants help from his old army buddy to get revenge.
    Dean K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 11, 2010
    More trouble from the Cobra Kai, this picks up after Daniel humiliated them in the tournament. I think it's a great overall story that really changes the pace of the first two, there's more of a threat this time around too. Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita continued to play into their characters and conclude the series on a high note. It has all the great directing and cinematography from the first, proving that all 80s teen movies don't look like sets.
    Conner R Super Reviewer

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