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The Changeling ()


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A man staying at a secluded historical mansion finds himself being haunted by the presence of a spectre.

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John Russell
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Claire Norman
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Senator Carmichael
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Joanna Russell
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Captain DeWitt
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Parapsychologist
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Mrs. Norman (as Madeleine Thornton-Sherwood)
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Leah Harmon
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Mrs. Grey
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Minnie Huxley
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Albert Harmon
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Eva Lingstrom
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Robert Lingstrom
James B. Douglas ...
Eugene Carmichael
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Security Guard
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Mr. Tuttle (as C. M. Gampel)
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Joseph Carmichael
Michelle Martin ...
Kathy Russell
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Linda Grey
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Sergeant Durban
Robert Monroe ...
Archives Clerk
Hagan Beggs ...
Coroner
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Secretary
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Estancia
Sammy Smith ...
Doorman
Paul Rothery ...
Tony Grey
Bruce MacLeod ...
Security Guard (as Bruce Macleod)
Fred Latremouille ...
Airport Guard
David Peevers ...
Microfilm Clerk
Sera Johnstone ...
Sara Lingstrom
Adam Earle ...
Adam Lingstrom
Carl Boychuk ...
Music Student
Bryan King ...
Music Student
Susan Round ...
Music Student
Nicki Steida ...
Music Student
Randolph Blankinship ...
Pilot
Travis Major ...
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Wayne McLaughlin ...
Orchestra Member (uncredited)
Erick Vinther ...
Young Man (uncredited)
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Stewart Adler (uncredited)

Directed by

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Peter Medak

Written by

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Russell Hunter ... (story)
 
William Gray ... (screenplay) &
Diana Maddox ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Garth H. Drabinsky ... producer
Mario Kassar ... executive producer
Joel B. Michaels ... producer
Andrew G. Vajna ... executive producer

Music by

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Rick Wilkins

Cinematography by

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John Coquillon ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Lilla Pedersen

Editorial Department

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Lou Lombardo ... supervising editor
Paul Rubell ... assistant editor
Mitchell Sinoway ... assistant editor
Skipper Martin ... video colorist (uncredited)

Casting By

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Barbara Claman
Geri Windsor

Production Design by

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Trevor Williams

Art Direction by

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Reuben Freed

Set Decoration by

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Keith Pepper

Costume Design by

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Roberta Weiner

Makeup Department

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Del Acevedo ... makeup artist: Mr. Scott
Salli Bailey ... hair stylist
Ken Brooke ... makeup artist: Ms. Van Devere
Linda A. Brown ... makeup artist (as Linda Brown)
Roberto Fernández ... hair stylist: Ms. Van Devere (as Roberto Fernandez)
Renate Leuschner ... hair stylist: Ms. Van Devere

Production Management

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George Margellos ... assistant production manager
James Margellos ... production manager
Paul L. Tucker ... production manager: second unit (as Paul Tucker)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Fred Frame ... third assistant director (as Frederick Frame)
Fiona Jackson ... second assistant director
Irby Smith ... first assistant director
Lewis Gould ... dga trainee (uncredited)

Art Department

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John 'Frenchie' Berger ... property master (as John Frenchy Berger)
Ken Chang ... construction supervisor
James H. Chow ... assistant property master (as J. Hipman Chow)
Charles Dunlop ... draftsman
Steve Shewchuk ... assistant set decorator (as Steven W. Shewchuk)
James T. Woods ... scenic artist (as James Woods)
Elmar Theissen ... scenic painter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Dennis Drummond ... sound effects
Patrick Drummond ... sound effects
Robert Grieve ... sound effects
Austin Grimaldi ... re-recording mixer
Joe Grimaldi ... re-recording mixer
Herb Heritage ... boom operator
Dino Pigat ... re-recording mixer
James Pilcher ... sound mixer
Karl Scherer ... sound mixer
Gary C. Bourgeois ... foley mixer (uncredited)
Tony McVann ... commentary mixer (uncredited)
Don White ... sound recordist (uncredited)

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Michael Clifford ... special effects assistant
Gene Grigg ... special effects coordinator
Barry Madden ... special effects assistant
William H. Orr ... special effects assistant (as William Orr)

Stunts

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Max Kleven ... stunt coordinator
Alex Green ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Paul Abram ... grip
Rick Allen ... best boy
Eric D. Andersen ... cameraman: second unit (as Eric Andersen)
David R. Anderson ... gaffer (as David Anderson)
Art Collier ... best boy
James R. Connell ... camera operator
Ron Gillham ... dolly grip
Ivan Hawkes ... electrician
Frank Heeney ... gaffer
Phil Hersee ... stills photographer (as Philip Hersee)
Michael Marce ... generator operator
Rod Parkhurst ... camera operator
Fred Ransom ... grip (as Frederick Ransom)
Thom Ryan ... first assistant cameraman
John W. Scott ... grip (as John Scott)
Brenton Spencer ... second assistant cameraman
Joseph F. Valentine ... camera operator (as Joe Valentine)
Ted Voigtlander ... director of photography: second unit (as Ted Voigtländer)
Frederick Wharton ... grip
Al White ... key grip (as Alan White)
Curtis Petersen ... assistant camera (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Maureen Hiscox ... wardrobe
Kerry Holmes ... wardrobe
G. Tony Scarano ... wardrobe (as Anthony Scarano)
Albert Wolsky ... wardrobe: Ms. Van Devere

Location Management

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Rondi Johnson ... location manager
Heather McIntosh ... location auditor

Music Department

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Howard Blake ... composer: music box theme
Leonard A. Engel ... music remixer (as Len Engel)
John R. Harris ... music editor (as John Harris)
National Philharmonic Orchestra ... music performer (as the National Philharmonic Orchestra of London)
Alan Snelling ... music recordist
Eric Tomlinson ... music recordist
Kenneth Wannberg ... conductor (as Ken Wannberg) / music arranger (as Ken Wannberg)
Albert Woodbury ... orchestrations

Transportation Department

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Scott Irvine ... driver captain

Other crew

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Raymond Bayliss ... technical advisor: séance
Tom Braidwood ... production assistant
Melinda Coffey ... consultant pianist
Al Ebner ... unit publicist (as Alan Ebner)
Mel Epstein ... representative: completion services co.
Lynda Friendly ... publicist: Canada
Catherine Howard ... secretary
Mario Kassar ... presenter
Rod Laxton ... craft service
Margaret Livingston ... production secretary
Suzanne Lore ... production coordinator
Wayne McLaughlin ... production assistant (as Wayne Mclaughlin)
Sandra Palmer ... accountant
Christine Pittel ... assistant to producers
Kimberley Richardson ... production assistant
Pattie Robertson ... script supervisor
Douy Swofford ... title design
Andrew G. Vajna ... presenter (as Andrew Vajna)
Lorraine Valentine ... accountant
James R. Westwell ... production comptroller
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Plot Summary

It was the perfect family vacation for composer John Russell and his family when a freak automobile accident claims the lives of his wife and daughter. Consumed by grief, John, at the request of friends, rents an old turn of the century house. Mammoth in size, the house seems all the room that John needs to write music and reflect. He does not realize that he is not alone in the house. He shares it with the spirit of a child who has homed in on John's despair and uses him to uncover decades of silence and deceit. With the help of Claire Norman, the one who aided John in procuring the house, they race to find the answers and soon learn that a devious and very powerful man guards them. Written by Vampire-Sharpshooter

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Also Known As
  • L'enfant du diable (Canada, French title)
  • House on Chessman Park (United States)
  • L'enfant du diable (France)
  • Das Grauen (Germany)
  • Al final de la escalera (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 107 min
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Budget CAD7,600,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia The house seen in the movie in real life doesn't and never actually did exist. The film-makers could not find a suitable mansion to use for the film so at a cost of around $200,000, the production had a Victorian gothic mansion facade attached to the front of a much more modern dwelling in a Vancouver street. This construction was used for the filming of all the exteriors of the movie's Carmichael Mansion. The interiors of the haunted house were an elaborate group of interconnecting sets built inside a film studio in Vancouver. See more »
Goofs After Claire comes running down the stairs screaming she yells to John but mistakenly calls him George for George C. Scott. This has been removed from some versions. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Serial, The Changeling, My Brilliant Career, Foxes, Nijinsky (1980). See more »
Soundtracks Symphony #1 in C minor, Opus 68 See more »
Quotes John Russell: It's my understanding... that there are, uh... twenty-three students registered... for this series of lectures on advanced musical form. Now, we all know it's not raining outside, and unless there's a fire in some other part of the building that we don't know about, there's an awful lot of people here with nothing better to do.
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