The Karate Kid
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Continuity mistake: We first see from the inside of the door (and therefore backwards) the instructions that Mr. Miyagi leaves for Daniel to paint the house. In the next shot we see the same note from the outside - from Daniel's viewpoint. Clearly they are two different notes. The left & right arrows switch directions, the drawings of the hands change, the position of Miyagi's signature changes, and the placement of some of the exclamation points changes.

Matty Blast
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Continuity mistake: In the final fight between Daniel and Johnny, there is a time when Johnny's head band falls off (after Johnny scores his second point). Right after it falls off, if you look quickly you can see it back on, then it goes back off. (02:00:50)

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Suggested correction: That right unless there were a few bits of the scene cut where the referee gave it back to him.

Continuity mistake: After Daniel's little party at Miyagi's, they both go outside and Daniel sits in the yellow car and Miyagi walks up. In the shot from the front Miyagi has his hands crossed leaning on the car door, yet from the back he has his elbow leaning on the door, then back to just his hands on the door. (01:35:15)

The-Immortal
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Continuity mistake: When Daniel comes back from the restaurant having just seen Ali with Johnny, Daniel sits down next to Miyagi. When Daniel says, "Banzai," he does not have his arm resting on the small table, yet in the next closeup his arm is now on the table. (01:24:25)

The-Immortal
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Continuity mistake: When Daniel and his mum are in their apartment unpacking, the mum has nothing in her hands in one shot, and in the following shot she has a small red case. (00:06:55)

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Continuity mistake: When Daniel catches the fly with the chopsticks, he catches the fly in the middle of the sticks. When the shot changes, he now has the fly with the tips of the sticks.

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Continuity mistake: Before the dance in Mr. Miyagi's work area you can see the red shower curtain with the polka-dots that Danny wears to the dance hanging on the wall. After the dance, when Danny is in the work area after getting saved from the Skeletons, you can still see the shower curtain on the back wall.

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Suggested correction: Miyagi is the maintenance man in an apartment building. He likely has several shower curtains.

jshy7979

Suggested correction: The mistake assumes Mr Miyagi only had one shower curtain. Many people have more than one to replace the current one when it's worn or so dirty with soap scum they are cheaper to replace than try to clean.

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Continuity mistake: At the beginning when Daniel is playing soccer on the beach, he has a huge sweat stain on the back of his shirt right before he runs past Ali. Moments later, when he runs away from Ali, the sweat stain has drastically reduced in size.

ACertainShadeofGreen

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Mr. Miyagi teaches Daniel defensive moves, Daniel blocks Mr. Miyagi's punches with his right hand on the 'paint the fence' move. Daniel then leaves his right hand high, in a defensive position. This shot is taken behind Daniel, over his left shoulder. The next shot, a side view with Daniel on the right of the screen, shows Daniel's left hand held higher, as if he'd used that hand all along.

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Continuity mistake: In the beach party scene when the boom box is thrown at Daniel he catches it with the speakers facing away from him, but when it was thrown the speakers were facing him.

Continuity mistake: In Daniel's first match, when he scores his first point, the bleachers are packed to capacity but just before the next point only 7 rows of seats are partially filled. The referee (with the red shirt) can also be seen sitting down in this shot on the right side, when she is actually refereeing the match).

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Continuity mistake: When Johnny and his gang jump Daniel at the chain fence, Johnny smashes the sign on the fence, yet in the following shot the sign is there again, then the shot after its broke again. (00:39:15)

The-Immortal

Continuity mistake: When Daniel gets the spaghetti and sauce spilled all over him, his white pants are drenched with sauce all the way down to his crotch area. When he gets to Mr. Miyagi's house, he only has one faded streak of sauce on each leg and the rest of his pants are clean.

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Continuity mistake: When Daniel first moves into the apartment, he kicks the outside door open. Then we immediately see Daniel from the inside, and the positions of the pedals on his bike has changed.

Matty Blast

Continuity mistake: When Johnny is fighting in the competition at the end of the movie, his hair changes from being clean looking to looking sweaty, back to being clean.

Ken Hogan

Continuity mistake: When Mr. Miyagi saves Daniel from the Kobra Kai during the night of the Halloween dance, Mr. Miyagi flips Johnny to the ground and only strikes him in the stomach. The next morning, when Daniel and Mr. Miyagi go to Kreese's dojo, Johnny is seen with a black eye. Very hard to get one since he was never hit in the face.

Continuity mistake: During the bathroom scene where Daniel is about to take revenge out on Johnny, watch as Daniel uncoils the hose - it is very long and has several obvious kinks in it. However, as he turns on the water and Johnny runs out, the hose is a perfect straight shot, and MUCH shorter (and water flowing through the hose would not do this).

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Daniel is riding bike home from his mother's work and Johnny and his pals are chasing him on their bikes, they kick Daniel down the hill. As Daniel is rolling down the hill, you can see that it is a stunt double with no cuts on his face and when Daniel re-appears in the shot, his face is bleeding.

Continuity mistake: At the very beginning, when we first see Daniel, he begins to talk with another lad. When Daniel and the other lad stop at the metal stairs to talk to an old lady, the other lad is resting his arm on the handrail and is also at the bottom of the staircase, yet in the following shot he is no longer resting on the handrail and is also a few steps up the stairs from what we saw in the first shot. (00:05:50)

The-Immortal

Continuity mistake: When Daniel and Mr. Miyagi are in the Kobra Kai Dojo speaking with the Sensai, in one shot the Sensai points at Daniel, who is standing beside Mr. Miyagi. Then in the following shot, when the Sensai is pointing his finger at Mr. Miyagi, Daniel is now standing behind Mr. Miyagi. (00:49:45)

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Continuity mistake: We first see from the inside of the door (and therefore backwards) the instructions that Mr. Miyagi leaves for Daniel to paint the house. In the next shot we see the same note from the outside - from Daniel's viewpoint. Clearly they are two different notes. The left & right arrows switch directions, the drawings of the hands change, the position of Miyagi's signature changes, and the placement of some of the exclamation points changes.

Matty Blast
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Daniel: You're the best friend I've ever had.
Miyagi: You... Pretty okay, too.

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Trivia: Ralph Macchio has almost no sense of smell at all. Just for fun, he makes it a point to smell something at least once during every movie he's in. In this movie, he smells a french fry at the restaurant, and he smells his underarm before approaching Alli.

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Question: At the end of their date, Daniel and Ali run into some of her snobby friends who insult Daniel and drive off. Then Ali seems irritated at Daniel, but why? She's the one who is more laid back about their relationship and the fact that Daniel doesn't fit in with her friends. You'd think if anything she would try to reassure Daniel and say it's no big deal. So why is she mad at him, especially since he didn't say or do anything to make her so?

Krista

Chosen answer: She is irritated because he told her she could have gone with her friends if she wanted. I believe she got annoyed because Ali thought Daniel should have realized by now she wanted to be with him and didn't care what her friends thought.

weetie21

Also, you have to take a look at the snobby friends involved. Johnny and Dutch, two of Daniel's tormentors, were in the front seat and another one, Tommy, was in the backseat with two of Ali's friends who have always looked down on him. This came on the heels of another of Ali's snobby but nicer friends chatting with the two of them from a brand new sports car. Not to mention that at the start of the evening he met Ali's parents who made him uncomfortable. Although it is true that she would have been irritated with Daniel because he hadn't figured out that she didn't care what her friends or parents thought, he couldn't see past the fact that Johnny and his friends were part of her circle. He believed that she would look down on him and wouldn't be any different, which she picked up on, sparking her irritation when he told her she could have gone with them if she wanted to.

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