The Golden Child

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Paramount Pictures Released 1986

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Director:
Michael Ritchie (I)
Released:
1986
Rating:
PG-13

Chandler Jarrell finds missing children and when the strange ritualistic circumstances under which a recent one vanished get revealed, Chandler finds himself recruited by a beautiful representative Kee Nang to rescue the ultimate waif, who's connected to the previous lamb's disappearance, the Golden Child, a Tibetan monk child with awe-inspiring mystical powers, with the capacity to save the world from its own destructive impulses. The child, being held by the seemingly demonic Sardo Numspa, is safe so long as Numspa does not get his hands on an ancient dagger which is the only weapon that can harm the child. With Tibetan entourage in tow, Chandler must gain possession of the dagger and rescue the child before the forces of darkness can take over the world.

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  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    There are a lot of moments to remember in The Golden Child, but the one I will treasure the longest happens when Eddie Murphy gets behind the wheel of a beat-up station wagon and i...

  • 50

    Miami Herald Bill Cosford

    It's not awful; it isn't dull. But The Golden Child is a kids' film, and there are times when Murphy himself seems uncomfortable, as if he knows he's making a movie he wouldn't pay...

  • 38

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Jay Scott

    The Golden Child is certainly not a Michael Ritchie movie - the talented director of Smile and The Candidate is never more than a referee in the war between the special effects and...

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