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


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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Release Date:

12 December 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Auf der Suche nach dem goldenen Kind  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)


$79,817,937 (USA)

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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 »


Sardo Numspaa: You've no idea who I am, have you?
Chandler Jarrell: Yes. You're Sardo Numsie. Ha-ha-ha. Look, I don't care who you are. I do care that you kidnapped a little kid, though.
Sardo Numspaa: I could destroy you...
[Snaps fingers]
Sardo Numspaa: ... just like that.
Chandler Jarrell: We wouldn't want that. Listen, bring me the boy, and I'll give you the knife. And then no one will have to be destroyed...
[Snaps fingers]
Chandler Jarrell: ... jus' like that.
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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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