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Changeling (2008)

Changeling

Overview


Genre

Thriller, Mystery

Release Date

October 31, 2008 (Wide)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

140 min.

Studio

Universal Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Clint Eastwood

Producer

Clint Eastwood, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Robert Lorenz

Screenwriter

J. Michael Straczynski

Starring

Story


Clint Eastwood directs Angelina Jolie and John Malkovich in a provocative thriller based on actual events: Changeling. In the film, Christine Collins' (Jolie) prayers are met when her kidnapped son is returned. But amidst the frenzy of the photo-op reunion, she realizes this child is not hers. Facing corrupt police and a skeptical public, she desperately hunts for answers, only to be confronted by a truth that will change her forever.

Los Angeles, 1928: On a Saturday morning in a working-class suburb, Christine said goodbye to her son, Walter, and left for work. When she came home, she discovered he had vanished. A fruitless search ensues, and months later, a boy claiming to be the nine-year-old is returned. Dazed by the swirl of cops, reporters and her conflicted emotions, Christine allows him to stay overnight. But in her heart, she knows he is not Walter.

As she pushes authorities to keep looking, she learns that in Prohibition-era L.A., women don't challenge the system and live to tell their story. Slandered as delusional and unfit, Christine finds an ally in activist Reverend Briegleb (Malkovich), who helps her fight the city to look for her missing boy. Based on the actual incident that rocked California's legal system, Changeling tells the shocking tale of a mother's quest to find her son, and those who won't stop until they silence her.

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Angelina Jolie star as Christine Collins in Universal Pictures' Changeling (2008)
Angelina Jolie star as Christine Collins in Universal Pictures' Changeling (2008)

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PREMIERE PHOTO

Sarah Paulson, Jason Butler Harner
46th New York Film Festival - "Changeling" Premiere - Inside Arrivals
Oct 04, 2008
Angelina Jolie
46th New York Film Festival - "Changeling" Premiere - Inside Arrivals
Oct 04, 2008

REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..elegantly sad..”
by Moira Macdonald [Seattle Times]
“..highly crafted, uniformly well-acted, fearlessly gut-wrenching..”
by William Arnold [Seattle Post Intelligencer]
“..makes things tough for itself by trying to tell two stories at once that would have really benefited from being told separately..”
by David Mercier [FilmJudge]