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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
Tiger Chung Lee ...
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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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

During the "dream" sequence, when Fu steps behind Chandler he is wearing a red and blue visor. As he steps away he is wearing a yellow visor. The visor changes once more to red/blue and then finally to black and white as he leaves the room. The error in continuity may very well be intentional due to the fact that it is a dream sequence and the constantly changing visor adds to the surreality of the dream as do the horse walking by and the mirror with no reflection. See more »

Quotes

Sardo Numspaa: I have been wanting to meet you, Mr. Yarrell.
Fu: [Indescribable Tibetan language]
Chandler Jarrell: Get your 'monkey' off my back.
Sardo Numspaa: Of course. Fu, please retire.
Chandler Jarrell: Yeah, Fu. Save it.
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References Let's Make a Deal (1984) See more »

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THE BEST MAN IN THE WORLD
Music by John Barry
Lyrics by Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson & SUE ENNIS
Performed by Ann Wilson
ANN WILSON courtesy of CAPITOL RECORDS, INC.
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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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