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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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Til
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Shakti Chen ...
Kala (as Shakti)
Tau Logo ...
Yu
Tiger Chung Lee ...
Khan
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Detective Boggs
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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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Eddie Murphy Is The Chosen One.


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12 December 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Auf der Suche nach dem goldenen Kind  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,000,000, 14 December 1986

Gross USA:

$79,817,937
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

(at around 1h 1 min) During the quest challenge, there is at least one instance where some of the water is spilled. When the pillar falls from under him and he is hanging, when he places the glass on the next pillar he clearly spills some. See more »

Goofs

(at around 35 mins) When Jarrell is fighting Tommy Tong in the restaurant, Tong uses his weapon to chop the top portion of Jarrell's fighting stick. The end is then clearly frayed, yet a second later in the next shot, the end appears as if it has been cleanly and evenly cut off. See more »

Quotes

Chandler Jarrell: So, you're just gonna let that booger freeze up on your jacket like that?
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References Equinox (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

WISDOM OF THE AGES
Composed and Conducted by John Barry
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People should really lighten up and just ENJOY this movie.
19 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

Why hardly anybody seems to appreciate this film anymore is without doubt one of the greatest mysteries of our time. I'm truly perplexed. Roger Ebert seems to be the only critic to at least half-realise how truly funny, entertaining and brilliant a film THE GOLDEN CHILD really is.

Without doubt it's one of Eddie Murphy's finer films; it's impossible to not have a good time while watching this movie... his one-liners keep coming thick and fast, and if you can't find humour and fun in this movie, then surely your heart is made of stone. Visually, its cinematography is executed very well, the special effects are fantastic (except in one poorly executed shot where Charles Dance turns into a rat) and the theme tune has a strange kind of catchiness to it.

Don't be prejudiced against this movie, just because everybody else is. People are so easily swayed by popular opinion these days that true cinematic gems like THE GOLDEN CHILD are forgotten. Four stars out of four. Long live 80s movies!


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