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The Golden Child [DVD]

4.3 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Eddie Murphy, J.L. Reate, Charles Dance, Charlotte Lewis, Victor Wong (III)
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: German
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Jun. 2001
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000058E3K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,978 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Eddie Murphy spearheads a frantic search for a mystical child kidnapped in the high Himalayas and taken to Los Angeles.

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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 adveture.

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An unmistakable 1980s soundtrack introduces this enjoyable light comedy fantasy where Eddie Murphy plays a toned down Eddie Murphy (no swearing and explicit sexual references), a Los Angeles detective famed for tracking down missing children. This is unfortunate for the diabolical Charles Dance and his henchmen who arrive in the city with the Golden Child they have recently kidnapped from a Tibetan monastery. The delightfully attractive Charlotte Lewis convinces Murphy that he is the `Chosen One', destined to save the holy child and so begins the quest to rescue him. Thankfully, Lewis is more than just 'eye candy' and soon surprises Murphy with her martial arts skills. This ludicrously plotted film was an effective vehicle for introducing Murphy to a family audience after his hilarious turns in 48 Hours and Beverly Hills Cop, although his improvisations are nowhere near as funny as in those two classics. The fight scenes are appropriately lame and I cannot recall seeing a less menacing motorcycle gang in a movie. This is by no means a high quality film but if you start watching it with low expectations you may be pleasantly surprised.
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By Steven TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 May 2013
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This late 80's Eddie Murphy vehicle was made for a family audience and is probably best described as a fantasy adventure. Although he's essentially playing the same wisecracking guy as usual, I found him subdued by a PG rating. As a specialist in finding missing children he is recruited by the beautiful Charlotte Lewis to retrieve the child of the title from the clutches of the evil Sardo Numspa (Charles Dance camping it up). Most of the action takes place Stateside but their is a treck to Nepal thrown into the middle which provides a handful of laughs. There really isn't much going on plot wise; Murphy and Lewis track down the bad guys and rescue the boy but not before doing battle with a fairly poor CGI monster. This is a lightweight movie but it does have its moments and Murphy has almost enough charm to hold it together.
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One of those hits that no-one seemed to have a good word for back in 1986, The Golden Child was the film that took the shine off Eddie Murphy after the huge success of Beverly Hills Cop and showed that quality control certainly wasn't high on his agenda. It may have been profitable, but the steep drop in takings implied that audiences were as unimpressed as critics with this messy fantasy comedy about a private eye trying to save a mystical Tibetan child from Charles Dance's shape-shifting demon. Clumsily rewritten from a Mel Gibson thriller to a lazy Eddie Murphy ego trip, the final screenplay as filmed is pretty poor, with a few elements hinting that it might once have been the makings of a more interesting film along the lines of Big Trouble in Little China, but it's desperately hobbled by not giving its star any real comic material to work with and either expecting him to adlib something on the day or simply assuming the audience liked him so much they wouldn't notice. Unfortunately Murphy clearly couldn't think of anything much to fill in the blanks either, leaving his character increasingly floundering, albeit not as badly as a spectacularly awful Charlotte Lewis, one of those flavor of the year British starlets who can't act to save their life. Since she can't fight either, she's also laughably obviously doubled in her martial arts scenes as well as, somewhat bizarrely, in a few shots of her walking, though tragically they never found a double for her acting who could do more than just the one blank expression.Read more ›
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This 1986 fantasy comedy adventure features Eddie Murphy as Chandler Jarrell, a self obsessed private dective specialising in finding missing children. When the mystical and magical ‘Golden Child’ is kidnapped, Kee Nang [Charlotte Lewis] has the task of persuading Chandler he is the ‘Chosen One’ mentioned in ancient scrolls.
The film is an unashamed vehicle for Murphy whose arrogance at the start soon mellows as he’s sucked into the mysticism of it all. The film was originally meant to be a serious thriller in the Raymond Chandler mould featuring Mel Gibson, but Murphy gained the role and turned it into a lightweight comedy in a similar form to ‘Big trouble in Little China’ [Which I think is better]. Charles dance steals the show as the camped up baddie, Sardo Numspa. Charlotte Lewis is the sparring love interest as the mainly expressionless face of serious mysticism and it’s all ridiculous fun.
The single disc opens to a 15 language selection before going to straight into the film, there are no other features. This is a PG rated film and features no swearing or explicit sex scenes and is a straightforward good vs evil movie with clear-cut roles which helps get this a **** family view.
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It was a very funny film...Eddy Murphy was still fresh (in Hollywood terms). His brilliance as a performer, along with sparkling repartee, made this a definite watch back in the late eighties. Technically it is superb ( as you would expect). Ground-breaking in the way it introduced black culture to white audiences in a way white people could relate to.
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