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The Golden Child (1986)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  12 December 1986 (USA)
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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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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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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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Originally intended as a serious adventure drama with Mel Gibson in the lead role. After Gibson turned the film down and Eddie Murphy replaced him, the script was rewritten as a partial comedy. See more »

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The level of the water in the glass during the quest changes between shots. See more »

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Herb Shop Clerk: Yak loin. Good to keep the Yang up.
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References Star Search (1983) See more »

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WISDOM OF THE AGES
Composed and Conducted by John Barry
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Anyone else think this is one of Eddie Murphy's most underrated films?
5 October 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

By all means this is not Eddie Murphy's best film, like Beverly Hills Cop, 48 Hours and Trading Places, but he has also done worse, Norbit anyone? But it is one of his most underrated films, perhaps even THE most underrated. By all means it is not perfect, as the story does have its silly and predictable moments, one or two parts in the middle half sag a tad in the pacing and the effects do seem creaky by today's standards, but it is not flat and unfunny like critics make it out to be and although I make every effort not to take IMDb ratings to heart I do think the rating is a disgrace for this film. The Golden Child may be flawed, but it also has its strengths, such as Eddie Murphy's charming performance, funny and smart script(or so I think), a fun performance from Charles Dance, decent direction and agreeable soundtrack. So overall, while it mayn't be to everybody's tastes, I do suggest you at least give The Golden Child a fair chance before judging it so harshly. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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