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A private detective specializing in missing children is charged with the task of finding a special child who dark forces want to eliminate.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
J.L. Reate ...
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The Old Man
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Til
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Doctor Hong
Shakti Chen ...
Kala (as Shakti)
Tau Logo ...
Yu
Tiger Chung Lee ...
Khan
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Tommy Tong
Wally Taylor ...
Detective Boggs
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Yellow Dragon
Charles Levin ...
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Storyline

Eddie Murphy plays a detective with a speciality of finding lost children. He is told he is the 'Chosen one' who will find and protect the Golden Child, a Bhuddist mystic who was kidnapped by an evil sorcerer. Murphy disbelieves the mysticism but finds more and more evidence of demon worship as he investigates. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Eddie Murphy Is The Chosen One


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12 December 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Auf der Suche nach dem goldenen Kind  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$79,817,937 (USA)
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John Carpenter was offered the job as director. He later went on to direct the similar film Big Trouble in Little China (1986). See more »

Goofs

In the Yellow Dragons clubhouse, when one of the bikers rides a motorcycle, backwards, out through a wall, the close-ups of the handlebar and engine/gearcase are of an older (1968-1970) Triumph, yet when it passes through a room before hitting the wall, it's a newer Harley-Davidson. See more »

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Chandler Jarrell: So, I gotta go to Tibet, because I'm the Chosen One. Why can't anybody choose me to go to the Bahamas?
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References Equinox (1970) See more »

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BODY TALK
By Stephen Pearcy, Warren Demartini & Juan Croucier
Performed by Ratt
Courtesy of ATLANTIC RECORDING CORPORATION
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Great Fantasy Flick
29 January 1999 | by (Iowa City, IA) – See all my reviews

The premise may seem goofy, but since Murphy's character doesn't take it seriously, it helps ease the audience into this mix of mysticism and modern-day hard-boiled child abduction. Excellent cast, particularly Charles Dance and Charlotte Lewis, and Murphy is at the height of his 80's peak in comedy/action. There's also some great F/X, a very surreal dream sequence, and a fairly original plot. Often overlooked in the pantheon of Murphy flicks, but this one is worth a look.


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