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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 ...
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  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)


$79,817,937 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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George Miller was Eddie Murphy's first choice for director. He turned it down because Murphy kept him waiting at a meeting for four hours. See more »


When Chandler is following the bird through the streets of Katmandu, we see the bag he is wearing on his right shoulder. The Chandler turn down the alleyway the bag is on his left shoulder. When Chandler comes into the courtyard the bag is back on his right shoulder. See more »


Chandler Jarrell: I dont know, maybe he cut himself shaving and bled to death looking for a kleenex.
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Music by John Barry
Lyrics by Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson & Sue Ennis
Performed by Ann Wilson
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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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