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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 that dark forces want to eliminate.

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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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Fu
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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)

Gross:

$79,817,937 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Aja-Yee Dagger Chandler Jerrold (Eddie Murphy) goes to Nepal to find, later defeating Sardo (Charles Dance) with, was named after fellow comedian Franklyn Ajaye. See more »

Goofs

When Chandler is following the bird through the streets of Katmandu, we see the bag he is wearing on his right shoulder. The Chandler turn down the alleyway the bag is on his left shoulder. When Chandler comes into the courtyard the bag is back on his right shoulder. See more »

Quotes

Chandler Jarrell: So, tell me about this dream.
Kee Nang: Some part's real, some part's dream.
Chandler Jarrell: So this scar on my arm's real.
Kee Nang: Right.
Chandler Jarrell: What about Numsie?
Kee Nang: Numspaa, Sardo Numspaa.
Chandler Jarrell: Yeah.
Kee Nang: He's very real.
Chandler Jarrell: You know, you were there, and you said some things that seemed pretty real...
Kee Nang: That part was dream!
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References Let's Make a Deal (1963) 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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People should really lighten up and just ENJOY this movie.
19 May 2000 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Why hardly anybody seems to appreciate this film anymore is without doubt one of the greatest mysteries of our time. I'm truly perplexed. Roger Ebert seems to be the only critic to at least half-realise how truly funny, entertaining and brilliant a film THE GOLDEN CHILD really is.

Without doubt it's one of Eddie Murphy's finer films; it's impossible to not have a good time while watching this movie... his one-liners keep coming thick and fast, and if you can't find humour and fun in this movie, then surely your heart is made of stone. Visually, its cinematography is executed very well, the special effects are fantastic (except in one poorly executed shot where Charles Dance turns into a rat) and the theme tune has a strange kind of catchiness to it.

Don't be prejudiced against this movie, just because everybody else is. People are so easily swayed by popular opinion these days that true cinematic gems like THE GOLDEN CHILD are forgotten. Four stars out of four. Long live 80s movies!


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