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Changeling (2008)

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.

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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>

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


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

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31 October 2008 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$35,707,327 (USA) (2 January 2009)
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Shipped to some theaters under the name "Nomad," a clever in-joke based on Star Trek: The Changeling (1967), a Star Trek episode about a space probe named Nomad.) See more »

Goofs

Reverend Gustav Briegleb pronounces "Los Angeles" with a soft "g". In the 1920s, Californians used a hard "g" (like in the word "angle"). It can be heard in movies as late as the 1950s. Non-natives often said "anjeleez." When Easterners started pouring into the city later, the compromise "anjeliss" came into being. See more »

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

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Featured in The 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards (2009) See more »

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22 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Summary says it all, this is the most challenging film so far of 2008. Deep and daring, Clint exposes corruption within LAPD in this period piece. Brilliantly executed and finally a performance I appreciate from Angelina. Also stellar performances by John Malkovich, as well as Amy Ryan, Jeffrey Donovan, Michael Kelly, and others. This film drives it home which any parent can appreciate and will remember for some time.

This is not your typical drama, but also a suspense filled thriller that had people in the theater crying, clapping, and closing their eyes.

Still need to see The Wrestler, and The road, but as of October 2008, CHANGELING best picture, and very possible, Best Actress Angelina Jolie.


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