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The Golden Child (1986)

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Eddie Murphy followed up his Beverly Hills Cop success with this fantasy adventure that plops him right into the land of Ray Harryhausen and Indiana Jones. The plot revolves around a God-like youngster (J.L. Reate) known as a "golden child," who has been sent to Tibet to bring the gift of compassion to humanity. But the devil isn't idle, sending his emissary, Sardo Numspa (Charles Dance) to kidnap the golden child. Sardo absconds with the child and takes off to Los Angeles. In L.A., a beautiful Tibetan priestess named Kee Nang (Charlotte Lewis) seeks out Chandler Jarrell (Eddie Murphy), a social worker and self-styled "finder of lost children." She tells Chandler he has been chosen to rescue the magical child from the devil and save the world from evil. Before Chandler can let go of his first riposte, he finds himself holding a magic dagger, following a sacred parakeet, and under-going several trials by fire. He also falls in love with Kee Nang, who at one point in the film has to be brought back from the dead. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi
Rating:
PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Cult Movies
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Paramount Home Video

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Cast

Eddie Murphy
as Chandler Jarrell
J.L. Reate
as The Golden Child
Charles Dance
as Sardo Numpsa
Charlotte Lewis
as Kee Nang
Victor Wong
as The Old Man
James Hong
as Dr. Hong
Shakti
as Kala
Peter Kwong
as Tommy Tong
Kenneth "Fruity" Frith Jr.
as Friend at Pink's
Wally Taylor
as Det. Boggs
Eric Douglas
as Yellow Dragon
Charles Levin
as TV Host
Bennett Ohta
as Herb Shop Clerk
Chantara Nop
as Security Man #1
Bob Tzudiker
as Businessman Customer
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Critic Reviews for The Golden Child

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (2)

A half-baked comedy without a heart.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

This film -- insignificant and lightweight and monumentally silly -- is entertaining from beginning to end.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Mediocre Eddie Murphy comedy looks very dated now.

February 23, 2008
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Not even Eddie Murphy's normal bag of tricks and tics can save this contrived and unconvincing film from self-destructing.

August 25, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

His posse told him he was god-like.

February 13, 2004
FilmsInReview.com

Indefensible rubbish with occasional flashes of invention and Victor Wong.

December 10, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The Golden Child

Eddie is a private eye who has to find a kidnapped child.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

½

[Re-watch] Movies may have moved on in terms of effects, but this is still an easy watching good prevails evil family film with comical input by Eddie Murphy.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

Brilliant!

Anatoliy Dudaev
Anatoliy Dudaev

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