7.8/10
198,627
386 user 264 critic

Changeling (2008)

Trailer
2:16 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
A grief-stricken mother takes on the LAPD to her own detriment when it stubbornly tries to pass off an obvious impostor as her missing child, while also refusing to give up hope that she will find him one day.

Director:

Reviews
Popularity
1,870 ( 447)
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 47 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Salt (2010)
Action | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A CIA agent goes on the run after a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy.

Director: Phillip Noyce
Stars: Angelina Jolie Pitt, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Mystic River (2003)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

With a childhood tragedy that overshadowed their lives, three men are reunited by circumstance when one has a family tragedy.

Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon
The Tourist (2010)
Action | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Revolves around Frank, an American tourist visiting Italy to mend a broken heart. Elise is an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path.

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Stars: Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie Pitt, Paul Bettany
Original Sin (2001)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A woman along with her lover, plan to con a rich man by marrying him and on earning his trust running away with all his money. Everything goes as planned until she actually begins to fall in love with him.

Director: Michael Cristofer
Stars: Antonio Banderas, Angelina Jolie Pitt, Thomas Jane
Wanted (2008)
Action | Crime | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A frustrated office worker learns that he is the son of a professional assassin, and that he shares his father's superhuman killing abilities.

Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Stars: Angelina Jolie Pitt, James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A bored married couple is surprised to learn that they are both assassins hired by competing agencies to kill each other.

Director: Doug Liman
Stars: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie Pitt, Adam Brody
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.

Director: David Fincher
Stars: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton
Taking Lives (2004)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An FBI profiler is called in by French Canadian police to catch a serial killer who takes on the identity of each new victim.

Director: D.J. Caruso
Stars: Angelina Jolie Pitt, Ethan Hawke, Kiefer Sutherland
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A reporter interviews a psychic, who tells her that she's going to die and her life is meaningless.

Director: Stephen Herek
Stars: Angelina Jolie Pitt, Edward Burns, Tony Shalhoub
The Reader (2008)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Post-WWII Germany: Nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, law student Michael Berg re-encounters his former lover as she defends herself in a war-crime trial.

Director: Stephen Daldry
Stars: Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, Bruno Ganz
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Beyond Borders is an epic tale of the turbulent romance between two star-crossed lovers set against the backdrop of the world's most dangerous hot spots. Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie... See full summary »

Director: Martin Campbell
Stars: Clive Owen, Angelina Jolie Pitt, Linus Roache
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Based on writer Susanna Kaysen's account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the 1960s.

Director: James Mangold
Stars: Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie Pitt, Clea DuVall
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Christine Collins (as Angelina Jolie)
...
...
...
...
Operator
...
Operator
Antonia Bennett ...
Operator
...
Operator
...
Ben Harris
...
Girl on Tricycle
Madison Hodges ...
Neighborhood Girl
...
...
Devon Conti ...
...
Man at Diner
Edit

Storyline

Los Angeles, 1928. A single mother returns from work to find her nine-year-old son gone. She calls the LAPD to initiate a search. Five months later, a boy is found in Illinois who fits the description; he says he's her son. To fanfare and photos, the LAPD reunite mother and son, but she insists he's not her boy. The cops dismiss her as either a liar or hysterical. When she joins a minister in his public criticism of the police, they in turn use government power to silence and intimidate her. Meanwhile, a cop goes to a dilapidated ranch to find a Canadian lad who's without legal status; the youth tells a grisly tale. There's redress for murder; is there redress for abuse of power? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

To find her son, she did what no one else dared.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violent and disturbing content, and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

31 October 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El sustituto  »

Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$489,015 (USA) (24 October 2008)

Gross:

$35,707,327 (USA) (2 January 2009)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

| (opening and end sequence)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Both Hilary Swank and Reese Witherspoon lobbied for the role of Christine Collins. Clint Eastwood cast Angelina Jolie Pitt at the suggestion of Executive Producer Ron Howard, who noted that Jolie's "look" would fit best with the time period. See more »

Goofs

When Collins and the Doctor first meet at the asylum, he reads from two folders. One contains a paper; the other contains a newspaper. When he shows the newspaper of Collins with "Walter", the shot changes from over shoulder to the front a number of times. With each shot, the folder changes hands, opens, or closes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Christine Collins: Walter, honey. Time to wake up.
Walter Collins: Just ten more minutes...
Christine Collins: Sorry, sport. You can sleep in tomorrow, that's what Saturdays are for.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The black-and-white Universal logo used in the 1940s opens the film. See more »

Connections

References The Circus (1928) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Not Eastwood's best, but better than most.
31 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Clint Eastwood is one of the legends of the silver screen, from his humble beginnings as the Man With No Name in Sergio Leone westerns to Dirty Harry the kick-butt cop. As a director, he has given us some of the finest stories we could ever see, including the Oscar-winning Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby, and the war epic twins Flags of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima. With his new film, he explores the dark side of the earlier part of the twentieth century in Tinseltown (Los Angeles). Taken from true events, the story unfolds that a single mother Christine Collins has lost her nine-year old son, Walter. She asks the LAPD to intervene, and about two months later, her son is returned. Then, she says it isn't her son. She never looks back.

From the moment the young boy steps off the train, Christine insists to everyone that he is not her son. Unfortunately, the police say she is delusional and just upset. The films leads to the truth of the matter, which is that the corruption in the department has led to them being lackadaisical in their duties. The story moves along fluidly, yet we are never really told the reason that corruption resides.

Nevertheless, the film is quite an experience. It looks terrific and really feels like the 1920s in Los Angeles. Angelina Jolie is solid as Christine, yet I felt she seemed more whiny at times than desperate. It just didn't move me as strongly as Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby. The supporting cast is good as well, especially John Malkovich as the pastor eager to help Christine in the fight against the LAPD. What I really wanted was that emotional pull that Eastwood's other films had. This one seemed a bit cold and ruthless, despite that being its subject material. So, I would say to go and see it; it is definitely worth the 140 minutes. As for Oscar time, I can't say for sure that it will wrap up the big ones such as Best Picture, Director or Actress. It wasn't the strongest campaign I've seen, but then again this has been a weaker year than 2007.


100 of 159 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Axe scene....a step to far? sarahparsons334
Why is it called changeling? charlimcbean
There is nothing reasonable or credible in this film. danieligarza
The Music is Crap hermanowen-1
One missing thing that would have cleared things up david-seerup
The boy saying the police told him to say he was Walter zackayotte
Discuss Changeling (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?