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The Golden Child (1986)

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 ...
Shakti Chen ...
Kala (as Shakti)
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Tiger Chung Lee ...
Tommy Tong
Wally Taylor ...
Detective Boggs
Charles Levin ...
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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  »


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,000,000, 14 December 1986

Gross USA:

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although the Golden Child is referred to as a boy throughout the film, J.L. Reate is actually a girl. See more »


(at around 1h 4 mins) 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 »


Chandler Jarrell: I know this is a dream, so I can say anything I want and get away with it. So I think I will say, from my heart, kiss my ass. Kiss my ass!
[Chandler puckers up]
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Music by John Barry
Lyrics by Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson & Sue Ennis
Performed by Ann Wilson
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Wonderful Film and so very underrated!
2 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

I loved this movie. I totally disagree with some (negative) critiques that I've read over the years. This was a great vehicle for Eddie Murphy! He appeared to have a great time with his part as Chandler Jarrell and he should never care about what the critics say, if he had fun doing it – and most of his audience enjoyed it! And, it WAS fun to watch as it combined some great fantasy tension with Mr. Murphy's great comedic style. You have to keep in mind that 'Golden Child' is a 'fantasy' film – just an imaginative work of magic and wonder amidst the 'real' world. During the time this film was released, I was working in a video rental store. This was one of the most popular with all our customers. Every single time, we put this one up on our monitor, ALL the copies we had went out fast with wait-list requests that kept it on the queue for months! Everyone who rented it loved it! I was the resident film critic and all my regular customers would ask my opinion before they rented – this was one of my favorites and I knew the taste of my customers so I highly recommended this one to most of them. I really feel that this film is a Sleeper – it may not have done too well at the box office – due to very poor marketing – but it hit a high in the video rental and purchase market later! (YES, I did buy this film for my own video library!). I adored the little boy who played the 'Golden Child' – J. L. Reate - but after looking at his profile in IMDb, I noticed that he never did any more films. That is sad, because he definitely had an on-screen aura and could have continued with a film career. I also adored Victor Wong, who played the Old Man (I LOVED him in his part as 'Egg Shen' in 'Big Trouble in Little China' - 1986). At any rate, this was a great film. The only drawbacks that didn't seem to fit with the theme were some of the parts that got a bit more 'adult' in nature – such as 'Chandler's rather sexual remarks about the serpent lady that was presented to him as a silhouette. It was funny, but it still was out of sync. OK, so there were a few suggestive gratuitous scenes – those were put in for the mind-set of the day perhaps. This was still an adventurous and escapist type of film which we do need today to get away from all the hard core reality and depressing fluff that we are hit with from Hollywood. Now that's Entertainment!

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