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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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Doctor Hong
Shakti Chen ...
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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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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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When we first see Chandler he is putting a poster up on the pole. Firstly there are a number of posters on the pole but then when we see him staple his poster on it, his is the only one on the pole. See more »

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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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WISDOM OF THE AGES
Composed and Conducted by John Barry
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Good as "Golden"....
10 October 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Every once in a while, Eddie Murphy will surprise you.

In a movie like "the Golden Child", especially. This is a movie you'd figure would star maybe Harrison Ford or Kurt Russell or someone. But Eddie really does work; he's smart, he's funny, he's brave, kind, courteous, thrifty, clean and everything else a hero should be.

Having been chosen to secure a mystic child who holds the key to protecting the world from complete evil (embodied perfectly by Dance), Eddie goes from California, to Nepal and back, all while the beautiful Kee Nang (Lewis) wonders if he's all he says he is and a crazy old holy man (Wong, perfect as always) knows that he is.

It's exciting, breathtaking in spots, shocking and, of course, funny. Eddie is the only action hero I know who could begin a movie by making rude remarks behind some guy reading a porno magazine and end it with smart-aleck remarks about Ed McMahon.

No problem with this "Child": it's a "Golden" find.

Nine stars. Viva Nepal!


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