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Changeling (2008)

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A grief-stricken mother takes on the LAPD to her own detriment when it tries to pass off an obvious impostor as her missing child.

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Clint Eastwood
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 50 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angelina Jolie ... Christine Collins
Gattlin Griffith ... Walter Collins
Michelle Gunn ... Sandy
Jan Devereaux ... Operator
Erica Grant Erica Grant ... Operator
Antonia Bennett Antonia Bennett ... Operator
Kerri Randles ... Operator
Frank Wood ... Ben Harris
Morgan Eastwood ... Girl on Tricycle
Madison Hodges Madison Hodges ... Neighborhood Girl
John Malkovich ... Rev. Gustav Briegleb
Colm Feore ... Chief James E. Davis
Devon Conti Devon Conti ... Arthur Hutchins
Ric Sarabia ... Man at Diner
J.P. Bumstead J.P. Bumstead ... Cook
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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

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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 »

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Details

Official Sites:

Universal [Germany]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El sustituto See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$489,015, 26 October 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$35,739,802

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$113,020,256
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color | Black and White (opening and end sequence)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The theme song for the Changling is loosely based on the song "Baby Mine" from the 1941 classic Dumbo. See more »

Goofs

When Captain Jones tells Christine Collins that her son is safe, and that he was seen with a drifter, Jones says that he has put out an "APB" on the drifter. He means "all points bulletin," but the earliest recorded use of the abbreviation was in the 1960s. 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.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in The Orange British Academy Film Awards (2009) See more »

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An Emotional Adventure
2 December 2008 | by rstone-27See all my reviews

Do you want to see a good movie? -- One that will tear at your every emotion, make you so mad you tread territory inside of yourself you never knew existed, and then make you cry as if someone reached in and tore your heart right out?

Do you want twists and turns at every juncture taking you in so many different directions that you think your lost and then instantly you know exactly where you are? -- an adventure in the waiting.

This movie is a movie that delivers. It even surpasses the delivery of you everyday Hollywood movie.

I loved this movie -- Its based on an actual account.

Its a must see.

^5


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