The Karate Kid

The Karate Kid (1984)

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Continuity mistake: When Daniel and Miyagi are in Miyagi's house, Miyagi walks away and comes back with a photo and hands it to Daniel. Daniel is holding the photo in his left hand on the corner, but when it cuts, he is now holding it with his right. (01:25:35)


Continuity mistake: When Miyagi leaves Daniel a note to paint the house, the paint brush is visible in the background on the floor. The position of the paintbrush changes in the following shot when Daniel kicks the sheets off the top of the paint tins. (01:10:20)


Continuity mistake: After the Halloween fight, none of the Cobras injures the next day match what happened to them the night before. Johnny had a black eye although he was only flipped and chopped in the chest. Tommy had his arm in a sling, but he was kicked twice in the stomach.

Continuity mistake: In the final country club scene when Ali is dancing with her father, she glances at Johnny sitting at the table, as her father asks her about how she and Johnny are doing. Then a second later, Johnny is suddenly behind them on the dance floor with Ali's mother.


Continuity mistake: In the very beginning, when Daniel and his mom start to drive away from their old house in New Jersey, Daniel's bike is strapped to the roof of the station wagon. The bike is positioned with the front tire of the bike facing the back of the vehicle. A couple seconds later, in the very next cut scene, the bike is facing the opposite direction.

Other mistake: After Tommy's arm gets broken during the skeleton fight with Miyagi he appears days later in practice drill in Kreese's dojo, with his right arm in a sling. Huffing punches like the other Cobras, which would be impossible with his injury. (00:49:45 - 00:50:45)


Other mistake: The end tournament is supposed to be only the very best trained fighters in brown and black belts. Yet the majority of opponents against the Cobras are easily defeated, with weak tactics, unlike Daniel-san and the Asian guy, who actually use fight techniques.


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Suggested correction: Although this observation is accurate, keep in mind that the Cobras have a reputation as dirty and vicious fighters so it is very possible their earlier opponents were intimidated by them and therefore easily beaten.

Continuity mistake: When Mr. Myagi and Daniel go to the dojo to stop the fighting, the earlier scene revealed that they left the apartment at 10am. Assuming that there was some time to get to the dojo, they left a few minutes later and then drove to Mr. Myagi's house to start the training. Daniel starts to wax the cars and the sky is showing a sunset. At the latest, it may have been around 11am when they got to the house, so there is no way the sun could be setting.

Other mistake: In the semi final match between Johnny and Duval his name is listed behind them on the board as Vidal. But you can hear him being announced as Duval.

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Suggested correction: He doesn't say "Duval", he says "Darryl Vidal." While the character isn't listed by name in the credits, only listed as "Karate Semi-finalist", he was in fact played by Darryl Vidal, who was an actual black belt at the time of the movie.


Lucille Larusso: Look at those palm trees. Damn! You know what that means?
Daniel: Yeah. Watch out for falling coconuts.

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Trivia: Daniel's Apartment is called "The South Seas," located in Reseda, CA.

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Question: Why does Daniel lie to Freddy Fernandez about his mother's job? He said that she worked with rocket computers, yet we see her working in a restaurant.


Chosen answer: He didn't lie. That was the company she was supposed to be working for. However, the company went bankrupt and she lost her job. She showed up at the restaurant at the same time that the hostess quit and was hired immediately.

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