Golden Child

The Golden Child

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Director: Michael Ritchie

Cast: Eddie Murphy, Charles Dance, Charlotte Lewis

     
 

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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,…  See more details below

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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The Golden Child earned itself a sympathetic following, but that's largely because audiences, so receptive to Eddie Murphy after Beverly Hills Cop, agreed to look past its gaping flaws for another opportunity to see the young motormouth in action. Murphy himself does not disappoint, complaining about the bizarre scenarios thrust upon him with an indignant frustration that's above the fray. Cleverly, Murphy aligns himself with the audience, shaking his head alongside them at this uneven, genre-straddling action comedy adventure that dabbles in mystical special effects. If it sounds like there's too much going on in The Golden Child, just try watching it. Murphy is the only constant as the film jumps locations and switches tones, by the end producing so many misplaced effects that it resembles some of the most notorious big-budget duds before (Howard the Duck) and after (Hudson Hawk) its release. Veteran comedy director Michael Ritchie, fresh from the hit Fletch, seems in over his head, unable to reign in this unwieldy production. It's Murphy who saves things enough for the film to serve as a step forward in his charmed career. He wrings quotable lines from the scattershot screenplay and leaves a lasting impression of reluctant heroism, most notably when he must jump through an impossible obstacle course without spilling a single drop of water. Murphy just winks at the absurdity of it all, sharing enough fun with the audience to overcome their most serious doubts.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/03/2009
UPC:
0097361383941
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:33:00

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Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eddie Murphy Chandler Jarrell
Charles Dance Sardo Numspa
Charlotte Lewis Kee Nang
Victor Wong The Old Man
J.L. Reate The Golden Child
Randall "Tex" Cobb Til
James Hong Dr. Hong
Shakti Kala
Tau Logo Yu
Tiger Chung Lee Khan
Pons Maar Fu
Peter Kwong Tommy Tong
Kenneth "Fruity" Frith Friend at Pink's
Wally Taylor Det. Boggs
Eric Douglas Yellow Dragon
Charles Levin TV Host
Bennett Ohta Herb Shop Clerk
Chantara Nop Security Man #1
Bob Tzudiker Businessman Customer
Marilyn Schreffler Kala
Frank Welker The Thing

Technical Credits
Michael Ritchie Director
James Alexander Sound/Sound Designer
John Barry Score Composer
Judy Cammer Set Decoration/Design
Ken Chase Makeup
Michel Colombier Score Composer
Dennis Feldman Co-producer,Screenwriter
Ed Feldman Producer
Wayne A. Finkelman Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Gershman Camera Operator
Rob Hahn Camera Operator
Richard A. Harris Editor
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
Marvin March Set Decoration/Design
Charles R. Meeker Executive Producer
Lynda Paradise Art Director
Virginia Randolph Set Decoration/Design
J. Michael Riva Production Designer
Donald Thorin Cinematographer
Richard Tienken Executive Producer
Robert D. Wachs Producer
Gordon A. Webb Associate Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Golden Child
1. Kidnapped [5:50]
2. Lost Children [4:52]
3. He's No Angel [2:23]
4. Already on the Case [:52]
5. The Chosen One [3:09]
6. You Will Eat [4:52]
7. A Vision of the Child [3:07]
8. The Yellow Dragons [1:57]
9. Tommy Tong's [6:52]
10. The Ajanti Dagger [3:14]
11. An Attractive Offer [1:51]
12. A Dagger of a Child [5:40]
13. Tibet [2:57]
14. Stay on the Path [7:50]
15. So Little Understanding [8:22]
16. Viva Nepal! [3:51]
17. My Brother Numspa [3:11]
18. A Pure Heart [2:32]
19. Freeing the Child [4:42]
20. Sundown [7:39]
21. End Credits [:18]

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The Golden Child 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
SerenahAK More than 1 year ago
Eddie Murphy has always been one of my favorite actors, though he has overdone himself in a few, but not this one.