The Golden Child

The Golden Child

Michael Ritchie (1986)

PG Certificate


Our Score
At this stage in his career, Eddie Murphy was certainly the golden boy of Hollywood with hits such as Beverly Hills Cop and 48 HRS under his belt. However, not even he could save this mediocre comedy adventure, in which he is cast rather improbably as a social worker who is asked to track down a Tibetan youngster (the "Golden Child") who holds the key to the world's survival. Murphy's quick-fire quips fizzle rather than sparkle and Michael Ritchie's direction is best described as indifferent, while Charles Dance hams it up as the baddie of the piece.


A private eye is recruited by a group of Buddhist mystics and sent on a mission to rescue an abducted boy whose supernatural powers will enable him to bring about world peace. However, the kidnapper is actually a demon in human form, determined to ensure the youngster does not fulfil his destiny. Comedy fantasy adventure, starring Eddie Murphy, Charles Dance and Charlotte Lewis.

Cast & Crew

Chandler Jarrell Eddie Murphy
Sardo Numspa Charles Dance
Kee Nang Charlotte Lewis
Old man Victor Wong (2)
Golden Child J L Reate
Til Randall "Tex" Cobb
Dr Hong James Hong
Kala Shakti
Yu Tau Logo
Khan Tiger Chung Lee
Fu Pons Maar
Tommy Tong Peter Kwong
Director Michael Ritchie
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Guidance: Edited for violence and swearing.Available on: video and DVD
Comedy Drama