All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
The Golden Child
Eddie Murphy is the chosen one.
A detective specializing in missing children is on a madcap mission to save 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.
Eddie Murphy really had a purple patch in the mid-eighties. Beverly Hills Cop, Trading Places, and 48 Hrs made him a box-office God. The Golden Child came along at the height of his fame and although not as entertaining or successful as his previous hits, it still has its moments.
The Golden Child fits in somewhere between fantasy and comedy and reminds me a lot of John Carpenter's Big trouble In Little China for some reason. Murphy plays a social worker looking for a missing young girl, who, in the course of his investigations gets drawn into the search for another missing child with mystical powers. The fantasy element is delivered with some interesting dream sequences and a seriously hot…
"Only a man whose heart is pure can wield the knife, and only a man whose ass is narrow can get down these steps. And if mine's is such an ass, then I shall have it."
To me, this is one of Eddie Murphy's better and more underrated efforts. Murphy is on top form, with a funny and energetic performance and the dated special effects and soundtrack actually make it more fun instead of hindering it's quality.
It's a highly entertaining case of "don't expect a good film, just expect a fun one."
In no sense of the word, is The Golden Child a good movie. It's lazy, meandering and is dated as all hell. Yet it's cheesy 80s charm and stop-motion effects do make it reasonably entertaining to watch. Not exactly recommended but fun for what it is. A guilty pleasure if i'ver ever seen one.
One of the best ham and cheese sandwiches I've ever seen.
You know Pink Floyd, right? You ask someone what their favorite Floyd album is, and odds are you'll get an answer like Dark Side or The Wall or Wish You Were Here. But every once in a while, you'll run into some wacko who will answer with something like Atom Heart Mother or Ummagumma.
This movie is my Ummagumma.
In a sea of great Eddie Murphy movies, this is my favorite. It's not "the best", but it's my favorite. Part of that is probably because this is the first Eddie Murphy movie I remember seeing. There's enough fantasy here to appeal to a kid, whereas Trading Places or Beverly Hills Cop don't have flying demons or Randall "Tex" Cobb.
Here's the thing with The Golden Child, I don't feel that it's a good movie but it was very enjoyable. It's cheesy, very cheesy and its dated but there were scenes that I just had to laugh.
The Golden Child is about The Golden Child and how he's got stolen from Tibet by Charles Dance and his gang. Eddie Murphy plays a private investigator type that searches for lost or stolen children and he's chosen specifically to rescue The Golden Child.
What I thought about while watching this was how to me it was a little bit like Eddie Murphys Beverly Hills Cop but for children because this is as mostly an action film as a comedy and Eddie Murphy…
One of the best fantasy adventures of the 80's. The plot's all over the place but its sense of wonder & nutso script are so enjoyable you don't give a wet fart.
I miss funny Eddie Murphy so much.
There are a few genuinely hilarious moments and also a lot of dumb shit that is hilarious for a different reason. Overall would recommend.
Michael Ritchie directed this???
Soundtrack is so good...
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
the part with the porridge makes me want to vom every time
Not one of Eddie's best, and I seem to remember the special effects be much better... Oh that's right I was probably 10 when I watched it the first time.
I think this age Eddie had a problem not with handling PG-13, could have certainly helped out a bit.
One of two movies in 1986 about asian human trafficking with cross cultural protagonists.
There's a scene where "The Golden Child" makes a can of Pepsi perform "Puttin' On the Ritz." It is strange that a movie which mocks an uncaring media is so insistent on lazy orientalism and gross product placement.
wow this may one of the most racist openings ever. eddie murphy is ok. the kid is ok. charles dance was sleeping then replaced by the worst cgi monster ever. on the flip side charlotte lewis is easily the best female lead in an eddie murphy film. she has something to do!
plus egg chen and lo pan are here!
Dank dem losen Mundwerk von Eddie Murphy gibt es ein paar schöne Sprüche, die vom durchschnittlichen und fast schon langweiligen Rest ablenken.
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