The Golden Child

December 12th, 1986


The Golden Child

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A private detective specializing in missing children is charged with the task of finding a special child that dark forces want to eliminate.

Release Year: 1986

Rating: 5.5/10 (19,720 voted)

Director: Michael Ritchie

Stars: Eddie Murphy, J.L. Reate, Charles Dance

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.

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 - Kala (as Shakti)
Tau Logo - Yu
Tiger Chung Lee - Khan
Pons Maar - Fu
Peter Kwong - Tommy Tong
Wally Taylor - Detective Boggs
Eric Douglas - Yellow Dragon
Charles Levin - TV Host

Taglines: Eddie Murphy Is The Chosen One

Release Date: 12 December 1986

Filming Locations: Greystone Park & Mansion - 905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $12,000,000 (USA) (14 December 1986)

Gross: $79,817,937 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

John Carpenter was offered the job as director. He later went on to direct the similar film Big Trouble in Little China.

Continuity: When Kee Nang is inside the biker house, her blouse is soaked with water. But in most of the shots right after that her blouse is dry.

Kala: Do you have any other questions?
Chandler Jarrell: Well, yes, I do. What are you doing next week? Because your silhouette is kickin!

User Review

People should really lighten up and just ENJOY this movie.


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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