Unusually sincere for a crime film, the minor but well-intentioned CHAINS OF GOLD is a welcome change from the kill-them-and-quip insouciance typical of buddy-cop romps. Set in drug-soaked Miami, the story centers on Scott Barnes (John Travolta), a recovering alcoholic whose boozing caused
his small son's car-wreck death. Now a maverick social worker, Scott gets personally involved in his cases, especially that of Tommy Burke (Joey Lawrence), a plucky adolescent who's mixed up with a cocaine combine run by a murderous 21-year-old multimillionaire named Carlos (Benjamin Bratt). When
Tommy gets forced into narco-slavery, working day and night in Carlos's Dickensian c...