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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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Michael Ritchie

Writer:

Dennis Feldman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
J.L. Reate J.L. Reate ... The Golden Child
Eddie Murphy ... Chandler Jarrell
Charles Dance ... Sardo Numspa
Charlotte Lewis ... Kee Nang
Victor Wong ... The Old Man
Randall 'Tex' Cobb ... Til
James Hong ... Doctor Hong
Shakti Chen Shakti Chen ... Kala (as Shakti)
Tau Logo Tau Logo ... Yu
Tiger Chung Lee Tiger Chung Lee ... Khan
Pons Maar ... Fu
Peter Kwong ... Tommy Tong
Wally Taylor Wally Taylor ... Detective Boggs
Eric Douglas ... Yellow Dragon
Charles Levin Charles Levin ... TV Host
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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.


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Auf der Suche nach dem goldenen Kind See more »

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The brightly colored bird in the film is an Eastern Rosella, native to southeastern Australia and Tasmania. See more »

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(at around 1h 8 mins) Leaving Tibet, most of the security guards are wearing Australian Army 'Rising Sun' collar badges on their berets. See more »

Quotes

Chandler Jarrell: My dear, sweet brother Numsie!
[Numspaa transforms into a large and hideous demon surrounded by flames]
Chandler Jarrell: [terrified] Uh... I can see you're busy right now. I'll come back later.
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ANOTHER DAY'S LIFE
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This Film Offers A Good Mix, But Eddie Is Too Loud For Me Now
15 March 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Like most people, I enjoyed Eddie Murphy in the 1980s with the humorous, wild movies he made. Many of the characters he played were similar: wisecracking, loud, funny and obnoxious. This is one of the wilder stories he was involved with with a very good mixture of action, romance, fantasy and comedy.

The female lead in here was an attractive actress named Charlotte Lewis. With her looks and manner, I thought she might go places, but I think this was the only hit movie she's been in.

Twenty years after "The Golden Child," I have found most of those Murphy films not the entertainment they used to be. Maybe it's just me getting older, but Eddie's constant shouting and abrasive boorishness is too much to take now. That includes this movie.


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