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The Golden Child (1986)

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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 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
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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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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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On the return flight from Nepal, Eddie Murphy starts to sing with the music on the headphones on the plane. The third line/gibberish he sings is, "Eddie Murphy is a cool man." See more »

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When Chandler is talking to The Old Man after obtaining the dagger, The Old Man begins picking his nose with his pinkie. When the shot switches to another camera angle, he's using his index finger. See more »

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Chandler Jarrell: My dear, sweet brother Numsie!
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THE CHOSEN ONE
By Michel Colombier
Performed by Robbie Buchanan
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A knock-off it may be, but it's a good quality one, the lustre of which is untarnished.
3 July 2007 | by (Oldham, Gtr Manchester, England.) – See all my reviews

Whenever I see most reviews it's called 'a misfire for Eddie Murphy'. These critics want to take a look at some of the stuff he's doing these days, and maybe soften their stance in retrospect... "The Golden Child" is not highbrow entertainment, but thanks to some of the cast it breaths new life into old clichés, and gives Murphy one of his best roles. I don't understand the pervading lack of 'love' for its efforts, at all. Perhaps it was released at a time when the establishment had grown weary of knockabout, thrill-a-minute adventures? Steven Spielberg started it with Indiana Jones; it's unfair to make this one a scapegoat when what is possibly its biggest sin is also utterly harmless. There's nothing necessarily wrong with trying to capitalise on trends.

Yes it's silly, but even an occasional observer should be able to understand that 'ridiculous' is where Hollywood's idea of mysticism begins and ends. What's more important than believability with a story like this is that the audience have entertaining tour guides on hand to show them the mysterious sights. Michael Ritchie and Eddie Murphy fit the bill for this capacity just fine. My advice to you is to buy the ticket and take the ride.


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