Changeling

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Overview

Inspired by actual events that occurred in 1920s-era Los Angeles, Clint Eastwood's The Changeling tells the story of a woman driven to confront a corrupted LAPD after her abducted son is retrieved and she begins to suspect that the boy returned to her is not the same boy she gave birth to. The year was 1928, and the setting a working-class suburb of Los Angeles. As Christine Angelina Jolie said goodbye to her son, Walter, and departed for work, she never anticipated that this was the day her life would be forever...
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Overview

Inspired by actual events that occurred in 1920s-era Los Angeles, Clint Eastwood's The Changeling tells the story of a woman driven to confront a corrupted LAPD after her abducted son is retrieved and she begins to suspect that the boy returned to her is not the same boy she gave birth to. The year was 1928, and the setting a working-class suburb of Los Angeles. As Christine Angelina Jolie said goodbye to her son, Walter, and departed for work, she never anticipated that this was the day her life would be forever changed. Upon returning home, Christine was distressed to discover that Walter was nowhere to be found. Over the course of the following months, the desperate mother would launch a search that would ultimately prove fruitless. Yet just when it seemed that all hope was lost, a nine-year-old boy claiming to be Christine's son seemed to appear out of thin air. Overcome with emotions and uncertain how to face the authorities or the press, Christine invites the child to stay in her home despite knowing without a doubt that he is not her son. As much as Christine would like to accept the fact that her son has been returned to her, she cannot accept the injustice being pushed upon her and continues to challenge the Prohibition-era Los Angeles police force at every turn. As a result, Christine is slandered by the powers that be, and painted as an unfit mother. In this town, a woman who challenges the system is putting her life on the line, and as the situation grows desperate, the only person willing to aid her in her search is benevolent local activist Reverend Briegleb John Malkovich.
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Special Features

Partners in Crime: Clint Eastwood and Angelina Jolie; The Common Thread: Angelina Jolie Becomes Christine Collins
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/17/2009
  • UPC: 025195016902
  • Original Release: 2008
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 2:22:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 14,668

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Angelina Jolie Christine Collins
John Malkovich Rev. Gustav Briegleb
Jeffrey Donovan Capt. J.J. Jones
Michael Kelly Det. Lester Ybarra
Colm Feore Chief James E. Davis
Jason Butler Harner Gordon Northcott
Amy Ryan Carol Dexter
Geoffrey Pierson S.S. Hahn
Frank Wood Ben Harris
Denis O'Hare Dr. Jonathan Steele
Peter Gerety Dr. Earl W. Tarr
Reed Birney Mayor Cryer
Gattlin Griffith Walter Collins
Devon Conti Arthur Hutchins
Eddie Alderson Sanford Clark
Riki Lindhome
Technical Credits
Clint Eastwood Director, Score Composer, Producer
Ellen Chenoweth Casting
Joel Cox Editor
Adrian H. Gorton Set Decoration/Design
Brian Grazer Producer
Deborah Hopper Costumes/Costume Designer
Ron Howard Producer
Robert Lorenz Producer
Walt Martin Sound/Sound Designer
James Murakami Production Designer
Gary D. Roach Editor
Tom Stern Cinematographer
J. Michael Straczynski Screenwriter
Patrick M. Sullivan Jr. Art Director
Tim Moore Executive Producer
Dianne I. Wager Set Decoration/Design
Jim Whitaker Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Changeling
1. Single Mother [6:28]
2. Missing Child [7:26]
3. Police Corruption [4:40]
4. Boy Found [8:24]
5. Not My Son [9:48]
6. Newfound Ally [6:28]
7. Committed [7:30]
8. A Juvenile Matter [6:27]
9. Code 12 [8:46]
10. Shocking Confession [8:20]
11. Protective Custody [6:48]
12. Horrific Discovery [:26]
13. The Jig is Up [6:43]
14. Suspect Arrested [4:01]
15. Public Protest [6:02]
16. Found Guilty [8:10]
17. Tell Me the Truth [8:30]
18. 13 Steps [6:23]
19. Living Testament [6:37]
20. Hope (End Titles) [6:25]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Changeling
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   Scenes
   Bonus Features
      Partners in Crime: Clint Eastwood and Angelina Jolie
      The Common Thread Angelina Jolie Becomes Christine Collins
   Languages
      Spoken Language: English 5.1
      Spoken Language: Français 5.1
      Subtitles: English SDH
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    "I WANT MY SON BACK!"

    The movie is about a mom trying to find her son after he's taken away from her when she left him at home and some neighbor was going to take care of him. Cause she was was going to work late. When she came back he wasn't anywhere to be found. The whole movie she's trying to find her son and believes he's still alive somewhere. Even though people keep on telling her he's long gone. This movie was emotional. Great story. Angelina Jolie is a great actress. I recommend seeing this movie.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Changeling

    Atmospherically "Changeling" draws you in & is engaging. And the acting is taut. However, the movie comes up short on historical fact. Especially, concerning the murders. In my opinion, if you're going to make an effort to educate the public about a "forgotten" LA serial killer from the 1930's, you should give viewers the whole package, and truly educate.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Movie to Remember.

    Changeling was a very good movie. This is a very memorable movie by Angelina Jolie (Christine Collins) > never stops searching for her son and for the truth. I enjoyed this movie more than I thought I would.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great Movie

    Loved it!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Must See

    I thought the acting was superb, and very moving.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful Film

    Angelina Jolie just about carries the film on her own. She is very convincing in this role. I had never seen her so warm and sensitive. She very much deserved an Oscar nomination. The fact that the film is based on a true story made it even more touching. The other actors, especially those who played the children, were wonderful as well. This was a period piece; I very much appreciated and enjoyed the way the filmmaker portrayed time and place in history, for example, costumes and sets. I wish I had seen this film in the theatre, but I do not regret purchasing the film for myself.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    amazing movie

    I loved it. Rent it, buy it, on-demand it. Just see it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Emotional and Moving

    In this film Angelina Jolie does an excellent job portraying a mother desperate to find her missing child at all costs and no matter what the consequences. This movie is very inspiring and keeps you intensely engaged throughout the whole story, always keeping you wondering what will happen next. With Jolie's flawless portrayal, viewers feel her range of emotions from worry, desperation, and grief to anger, determination, and hope. Overall, Changeling is definitely a movie worth seeing.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Very compelling story

    Angelina did a great acting job in this movie, not as good as A Mighty Heart but she still did a great job. I think the story is what made this movie very good, you're on the edge of your seat the whole time. Other than Angelina, the cast of characters weren't put together too well and some characters were downright cheezy! The movie is still worth watching, the historical setting is amazing, and Angelina is great as always!

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