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Chains of Gold is a 1991 American made-for-television action crime drama film starring and co-written by John Travolta. It was directed by Rod Holcomb and included one of the early performances of Joseph Lawrence, who was nominated for Young Artist Award for his role in the movie.

Chains of Gold
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Written by John Petz
Linda Favila
Anson Downes
John Travolta
Directed by Rod Holcomb
Starring John Travolta
Marilu Henner
Héctor Elizondo
Joey Lawrence
Benjamin Bratt
Tammy Lauren
Music by Trevor Jones
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Jonathan D. Krane
Cinematography Bruce Surtees
Dariusz Wolski
Editor(s) Christopher Nelson
Running time 95 minutes
Production company(s) M.C.E.G.
Distributor Orion Pictures
Original network Showtime
Original release September 15, 1991 (1991-09-15)

The film premiered on Showtime on September 15, 1991 in United States and was released theatrically in Germany. Producers released it to the DVD after seven years from release of the film on December 15, 1998.


Travolta appears as Scott Barnes, an alcoholic turned social worker who trying to rescue a kid named Tommy (played by Lawrence) from a brutal, vicious crack street gang when he finds out he has begun selling crack in an organization called YIP, run by Carlos (Benjamin Bratt). Héctor Elizondo has a part as Lieutenant Ortega.

The opening credits state that Chains of Gold is "based on actual events", though details of the actual events themselves remain difficult to pin down.

The film was shot in Miami, Florida, USA. It is the only film written by twice-nominated Academy Award actor John Travolta.

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