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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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Did You Know?


Alan Silvestri was the original choice to write the film's score and even met with the producers in Spring of 1986 about the job. Later in the summer, it was announced that John Barry had been hired to score the film. See more »


Whilst Eddie Murphy's character Chandler Jarrell is talking with the lady behind the screen door, she turns to face him a few times, you can hear her voice but her lips are not moving. See more »


Chandler Jarrell: So, I gotta go to Tibet, because I'm the Chosen One. Why can't anybody choose me to go to the Bahamas?
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By Michel Colombier
Performed by Robbie Buchanan
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Good as "Golden"....
10 October 1999 | by (United States) – 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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