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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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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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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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Charlotte Lewis was only 18 when she filmed this movie. 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

Chandler Jarrell: Tell me about the Golden Child.
Kala: Every thousand generations, a perfect child is born, a Golden Child. He has come to rescue us.
Chandler Jarrell: Rescue us from what?
Kala: From ourselves.
Chandler Jarrell: Ah.
Kala: He is the bringer of compassion. If he dies, compassion will die with him.
Chandler Jarrell: So, if something happens to the kid, the whole world goes to hell?
Kala: The world will become hell.
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WISDOM OF THE AGES
Composed and Conducted by John Barry
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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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