This past weekend, I stumbled upon the Golden Child on one of the pay movie channels, and found myself watching and laughing my way through the adventures of Eddie Murphy.  Today, The Golden Child remains one of the movies that I quote from the most…

Eddie Murphy plays a detective with a specialty of finding lost children. He is told he is the ‘Chosen one’ who will find and protect the Golden Child, a Bhuddist mystic who was kidnapped by an evil sorcerer. Murphy disbelieves the mysticism but finds more and more evidence of demon worship as he investigates.

If you haven’t seen the movie, it still holds up very well today, even with all the dated references throughout.  If H’wood is looking for a movie to remake, The Golden Child could easily be tweaked to make it more modern. And even though Eddie Murphy is quite a bit older, he could probably step right in as the aged finder of lost children and it would still work.


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  1. Wow, you went into the vault on this one! This is a sentimental favorite of mine from back in the day, despite the inherent flaws of 80’s movies. I remember the buzz surrounding the use of a girl (with her head shaved) as the (male) Child. And that god awful leather beenie hat that was a ubiquitous trend afterward.

    Sardo Numspa (prior to his transformation into a SUPER CHEESY stop-motion Demon made of clay), was an enjoyably over the top, fey, protagonist with the requisite British accent (so the audience knows that he’s the bad guy).

    The biggest laugh in the movie was was “Can I-I-I have the Kniiiiiife….pleeeeaaaase?”. I heard that a million times for the next few years after the Golden Child was released.

    But what I remember most is the female lead. Seeing this article made me wonder whatever happened to Charlotte Lewis, whom I thought was pretty dang hot. I had no idea that she’s one of if not the main Roman Polanski accusers.

    Thanks for the memories, Stephen.

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