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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

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Shakti Chen ...
Kala (as Shakti)
Tau Logo ...
Yu
Tiger Chung Lee ...
Khan
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Fu
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Tommy Tong
Wally Taylor ...
Detective Boggs
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Charles Levin ...
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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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hare krishna | child | boy | demon | woman | See All (88) »

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Eddie Murphy Is The Chosen One


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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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12 December 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Auf der Suche nach dem goldenen Kind  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although the Golden Child is referred to as a boy throughout the film, J.L. Reate is actually a girl. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 19 mins) Chandler and the Golden Child show up to the house at the end in a green car yet leaves in a brown car. Chandler sees the brown car before he goes into the house. When he leaves, he sees that the brown car is closer and he decides to use that one instead, that's why he says "there's no keys in the car, there's no keys in the car". This is because this is not his car and he is trying to steal it. See more »

Quotes

Chandler Jarrell: I dont know, maybe he cut himself shaving and bled to death looking for a kleenex.
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Connections

References Star Search (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

THE BEST MAN IN THE WORLD
Music by John Barry
Lyrics by Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson & Sue Ennis
Performed by Ann Wilson
ANN WILSON courtesy of CAPITOL RECORDS, INC.
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This Film Offers A Good Mix, But Eddie Is Too Loud For Me Now
15 March 2007 | by See 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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