PK, a British orphan in South Africa, is played by three actors: Guy Witcher at seven, Simon Fenton at twelve and hunk du jour Stephen Dorff at eighteen. "The loneliness birds are coming," says PK whenever bad times come, which is regularly. The Afrikaners have been beating up on PK since boarding school. During World War II, PK is befriended by Doc (Armin Mueller-Stahl), an educated German, and Geel Piet (Morgan Freeman), a prison inmate who teaches him to box. PK is a Karate Kid with two Mr. Miyagis. The film is what you might expect from Robert Mark Kamen, who wrote the three Kid movies, and John Avildsen, who directed all three Kids and two Rockys: a violent cartoon that trivializes apartheid. If there's any justice, the birds of loneliness will be circling the box office.
From The Archives Issue 75: February 4, 1971