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And The Best Classic “Underdog” Film goes to…
Harbourfront Centre audiences have selected the final Free Flicks: Rise of the Underdog
film of the 2012 season

TORONTO, ON (Monday, August 27, 2012)Harbourfront Centre is pleased to announce that the winning audience choice and final Free Flicks: Rise of the Underdog film is The Karate Kid.

Harbourfront Centre challenged the public by asking them to choose the best classic “underdog” film among Billy Elliot, Rocky, The Karate Kid and Rudy. With 38 per cent of the votes, The Karate Kid karate-chopped its way through the competition to secure the final screening spot on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012 at 8:50 p.m. on the WestJet Stage.

This classic ’80s underdog film follows Daniel Larusso (Ralph Macchio) as he tries to assimilate into a new town. Learning karate from a sage “elder” who takes him under his wing, Daniel learns not just the art of karate, but also about growing up. Directed by John Avildsen. Rated PG, 126 min.

This past summer, Harbourfront Centre presented its popular Free Flicks: Rise of the Underdog film series featuring nine weeks of free outdoor movie screenings alongside the scenic shores of Lake Ontario. Every Wednesday night in July and August, the public was invited to watch a variety of family-friendly movies that explore this year’s theme “Rise of the Underdog” through documentary, biographical and cult films. Some of the popular films screened during the series included Office Space, Napoleon Dynamite, The Social Network, Whip It, Moneyball and now, The Karate Kid.

All Free Flicks movies are screened rain or shine. Come early to find a good spot and enjoy activities prior to the start of each screening. Snacks, drinks and other treats will also be available for purchase before and during the show.

Free Flicks is part of Harbourfront Centre’s 2012 Summer Festival Season that boasts more than 20 FREE festivals and events, from the Victoria Day long weekend until Thanksgiving, featuring world-class local and international programming for children, youth and adults.

For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.

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