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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)
Tau Logo ...
Tiger Chung Lee ...
Tommy Tong
Wally Taylor ...
Detective Boggs
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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,000,000, 14 December 1986

Gross USA:

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1.85 : 1
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John Barry was commissioned by Paramount Pictures to compose, produce, and record a complete score. However, Barry was taken off the project after creative differences and reaction to test screenings . Although Michel Colombier completed the score, a few cues by Barry remain in the film, and one, "Wisdom of the Ages", was released on the original soundtrack LP. As of the present, the entirety of both Barry's largely unused music and Colombier's final theatrical version score have been issued on a limited edition 3-CD soundtrack by Capitol/La-La Land Records. See more »


(at around 51 mins) When Chandler is following the bird through the streets of Katmandu, we see a shot of the bird alighted on a sign with some English writing on it. The bird then flies down an alleyway into a small courtyard with some shops. When Chandler follows the bird into the courtyard, we can see the same sign that the bird was supposedly sitting on before it flew down the alley. See more »


Kee Nang: She's over 300 years old.
Chandler Jarrell: How do you manage something like that?
Kee Nang: One of her ancestors was raped by a dragon.
Chandler Jarrell: Does that happen a lot where you come from?
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By Michel Colombier
Performed by Robbie Buchanan
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Good as "Golden"....
10 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

Every once in a while, Eddie Murphy will surprise you.

In a movie like "the Golden Child", especially. This is a movie you'd figure would star maybe Harrison Ford or Kurt Russell or someone. But Eddie really does work; he's smart, he's funny, he's brave, kind, courteous, thrifty, clean and everything else a hero should be.

Having been chosen to secure a mystic child who holds the key to protecting the world from complete evil (embodied perfectly by Dance), Eddie goes from California, to Nepal and back, all while the beautiful Kee Nang (Lewis) wonders if he's all he says he is and a crazy old holy man (Wong, perfect as always) knows that he is.

It's exciting, breathtaking in spots, shocking and, of course, funny. Eddie is the only action hero I know who could begin a movie by making rude remarks behind some guy reading a porno magazine and end it with smart-aleck remarks about Ed McMahon.

No problem with this "Child": it's a "Golden" find.

Nine stars. Viva Nepal!

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