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The Golden Child (1986)

Eddie Murphy , J.L. Reate , Michael Ritchie  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Eddie Murphy, J.L. Reate, Charles Dance, Charlotte Lewis, Victor Wong
  • Directors: Michael Ritchie
  • Writers: Dennis Feldman
  • Producers: Charles R. Meeker, Dennis Feldman, Edward S. Feldman, Gordon A. Webb, Richard Tienken
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: March 9, 1999
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305310351
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,534 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Golden Child" on IMDb

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Things started going downhill for Eddie Murphy around the time of this 1986 clunker, in which the comic actor plays a social worker predicted to be the savior of a kidnapped child, who has special powers to heal the Earth. Dennis Feldman's script and director Michael Ritchie (The Candidate), a once-thoughtful satirist, stumble over every link in a chain of fantasy-fueled sequences. Murphy phones it in, and Charles Dance (Pascali's Island) looks foolish in retrospect. --Tom Keogh

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As 'The Chosen One', Murphy's on a madcap mission to save The Golden Child, a youth with mystical powers who's been abducted by an evil cult. He battles a band of super-nasties, scrambles through a booby-trapped chamber of horrors and traverses Tibet to obtain a sacred dagger. But it's Murphy's wit that turns out to be his sharpest weapon in this 24-karat comedy adventure.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Murphy flick May 9, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Murphy was so popular before this flick came out, somebody wrote at the time, that he could survive if it flopped. "Golden Child" was a commercial disappointment and it did hurt him. To this day, I don't know why.
Murphy is Chandler Jerroll - an LA-based PI with a flip attitude on anything. He's a hero of the city of angels, but he's no angel himself. In short, he is the "chosen one", the foretold hero destined to save the "golden child" from evil. While Jerroll searches LA for lost children, the enchanted golden child rises in spiritual purity in a snowy monastery in the Himalayas. The wicked forces of Sardo Numspar (Charles Dance) invade the monastery and, after overrunning the monks, spirit the boy away in a cage. The boy, it turns out, is one of a line of divine lamas upon whom the world rests, and whom evil must destroy. Dark Forces had already claimed other golden children. With the loss of the "bringer of justice", the death of another golden child will plunge the world into hell. Why Murphy is the "Chosen One" (and who's doing the choosing here?) are subjects the script keeps wisely away from. Instead, what we get is a deft mix of high adventure and comedy. It shouldn't work at all, but Murphy mugs on cue and can handle the preposterousness of the situation - a modern LA guy having to battle the forces of evil. The joke of the flick is that Eddie Murphy is the Chosen One - only a comically refined mind could effectively mix the fun and action like he does. Crude special effects aside, the fantasy mixes well with the comedy, and Murphy's light touch plays well off of the evil Numspar and Charlotte Lewis as Jerrol's love interest. This is simply an underappreciated classic.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comic Adventure March 23, 2006
"The Golden Child" is an interesting, fun and action packed comic/adventure with a touch of horror where Jarrel (Eddie Murphy) stars as the Chosen One. In this role, he has the "onerous" responsibility of finding the "Golden Child". The Golden Child is a Buddhist child with supernatural powers who was kidnapped by some evil villains and sorcerers. I first saw this film in the late 1980s and I loved it. I still enjoy watching it to this day, particularly the sarcastic humour typical of Eddie Murphy.

Eddie Murphy plays the reluctant hero, having been thrust into an unnatural and supernatural world of sorcery and mysticism. The Golden child, who is one in a line of divine Lamas and upon his compassion and grace the fate of the world rests, is a delightful and charming kid. The lady who identifies Eddie Murphy as the Chosen One is cute. Charles Dance, who plays as the wicked "Sardun Numspa", performs his role with expertise.

In this film, Eddie Murphy looks more serious than usual and the swearing and four letter words are much less. Eddie Murphy fans will enjoy his usual cute jokes. Viewers will also enjoy many visual appealing scenes.

This is one of Eddie Murphy's best movies. This amusing and mysterious movie is well worth watching. This is recommended viewing for those who love comedy and adventure and do not mind the weird and supernatural.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eddie Murphy at his best and brightest. A True Classic November 15, 1999
I am very happy to see my fellow Reveiwers totally disregarding everything that Leonard Maltin (and other nitwit critics who wouldn't know entertainment if it bit them on the ...) said and spoke the truth about this classic comedy. This is Eddies best film (followed closely by coming to America and Beverly hills cop) and I beleive it will stay in that position for many years to come.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like John Carpenter, you might like this film January 15, 2005
John Carpenter has always been my favorite director and I will defend his films to the end. I love the atmosphere he injects into his stylish, dark films. On that note I have always liked The Golden Child. I'm not huge Eddie Murphy fan but there's always something about this film I liked. It has a certain quirkiness to it that reminded me of some Carpenter classics as Big Touble in Little China. Well, I recently bought a John Carpenter book and it said that he was actually going to direct the film at first but backed out. Well no wonder I like this picture. It's a shame he never directed it as it might of turned out even more interesting, but I am glad he decided to do Big Trouble in Little China instead.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eddie Murphy shines May 2, 2004
When this movie first came out, from what the critics had to say, and the trailors for it, I was not that impressed with the idea of spending money to see it. I was truly surprised when I finally did see it. It is not a visually enhanced movie, but you see a side of Eddie Murphy that is surprising and refreshing, his character is fairly polite, not too much on the 4 letter word band wagon, and actually shows compassion. I would say that he shows these same qualities in the Dr. Dolittle movies, but really... talking animals??? It is a heart warming story, protection of a childs life... see it and judge for yourself. I think you will be surprised and want to add this one to your collection!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Decent fun flick January 31, 2003
By Lee
Surreal. Action. Super-natural stuff. Comedy. Perhaps it is the eccentric mix that has confused and disappointed people. This movie strays extremely far from the "realism" of Beverly Hills Cop, 48 hours, Trading Places. The Golden Child reminds me very much of Big Trouble in Little China, in the way it mixes myth with action and humor. Altough to be honest there really is very litte action in The Golden Child. Eddie plays average guy thrust into a world he doesn't understand or really believe, and being that it is Eddie Murphy, there is humor to be found. This isn't his best movie or a "great" movie, perhaps the mix of so many elements leaves each one a bit too weak. Yes it is funny, but it is a far cry from a gut busting laugh fest. If you can appreaciate the ecentric mix of genres and are looking for a hidden gem that not all can "get", i highly recommend watching this movie. I only say watching since, after all, it is a Paramount release, ie, extremely high price for a bare bones, back cataloge, middle of the road movie. Shame on them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 10 days ago by Champ Norman
4.0 out of 5 stars Only a man whose @## is narrow can get down these stairs...
At the time, I guess the (world) wasn't ready for Eddie Murphy in an action-fantasy movie, but I have always loved it. Read more
Published 23 days ago by MRNot
5.0 out of 5 stars funny give it a
funny give it a 5
Published 25 days ago by nettie86
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fun movie to watch on a rainy day but I wish it was in Blu-ray
Published 1 month ago by Danny Michel Salzer
3.0 out of 5 stars I knew it was a stupid movie but
Yes, I purchased for nostalgia. I knew it was a stupid movie but...
Published 1 month ago by Ms Mega
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorite movies
arrived on time and had no issues! one of my favorite movies
Published 1 month ago by balone434
3.0 out of 5 stars his acting was still along the lines of the characters he portrayed on...
It is very evident that this film was a "stepping stone" for Eddie Murphy; his acting was still along the lines of the characters he portrayed on Saturday Night Live (a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by MS. D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Eddie Murphy movie
Eddie Murphy's Golden Child DVD. O k movie.
Published 2 months ago by patricia ash-cocroft
5.0 out of 5 stars ~*~
well, i Liked this Movie anyway, but the service, price & quality were also most acceptable.
Published 3 months ago by giadeFLIGHTNING
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Still funny after all these years.
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