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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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The Old Man
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Til
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Doctor Hong
Shakti Chen ...
Kala (as Shakti)
Tau Logo ...
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Tommy Tong
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Detective Boggs
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Yellow Dragon
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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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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Trivia

(at around 40 mins) In the dream, when Chandler meets Sardo, Fu and "The Fat dude" and Sardo carves the dagger on Chandler's arm, the set is the same used in the last few seasons of Webster (1983) See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 27 mins) When Chandler stabs the demon creature with the dagger he is standing right in front of the demon, yet when the demon explodes immediately afterwards, Chandler is not there. See more »

Quotes

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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ANOTHER DAY'S LIFE
By David Wheatley
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A knock-off it may be, but it's a good quality one, the lustre of which is untarnished.
3 July 2007 | by (Oldham, Gtr Manchester, England.) – See all my reviews

Whenever I see most reviews it's called 'a misfire for Eddie Murphy'. These critics want to take a look at some of the stuff he's doing these days, and maybe soften their stance in retrospect... "The Golden Child" is not highbrow entertainment, but thanks to some of the cast it breathes new life into old clichés, and gives Murphy one of his best roles. I don't understand the pervading lack of 'love' for its efforts, at all. Perhaps it was released at a time when the establishment had grown weary of knockabout, thrill-a-minute adventures? Steven Spielberg started it with Indiana Jones; it's unfair to make this one a scapegoat when what is possibly its biggest sin is also utterly harmless. There's nothing necessarily wrong with trying to capitalise on trends.

Yes it's silly, but even an occasional observer should be able to understand that 'ridiculous' is where Hollywood's idea of mysticism begins and ends. What's more important than believability with a story like this is that the audience have entertaining tour guides on hand to show them the mysterious sights. Michael Ritchie and Eddie Murphy fit the bill for this capacity just fine. My advice to you is to buy the ticket and take the ride.


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