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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 whom dark forces want to eliminate.

Director:

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 ... 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:

The Golden Child See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,549,711, 14 December 1986

Gross USA:

$79,817,937

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$79,817,937
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was intended as a serious adventure drama, with Mel Gibson in the lead role. After Gibson turned the film down and Eddie Murphy replaced him, the script was rewritten as a partial comedy. See more »

Goofs

(at around 30 mins) When Kee Nang is inside the biker house, she jumps up and grabs onto some pipes. The arms grabbing the pipes are much more muscular than hers. See more »

Quotes

Chandler Jarrell: Hey Bird - Did you just see a little Hare-Krishna midget in the tree, floatin'?... Or is it me?
[the phone rings]
Chandler Jarrell: It must be Rod Serling.
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Connections

References Let's Make a Deal (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

THE CHOSEN ONE
By Michel Colombier
Performed by Robbie Buchanan
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People should really lighten up and just ENJOY this movie.
19 May 2000 | by Schmuck-4See 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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