The Changeling – 2008

The Changeling - 2008 - Clint Eastwood Movies

Overview

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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The Changeling - 2008 - Clint Eastwood Movies

Cast (first billed)

  • Angelina Jolie – Christine Collins
  • Gattlin Griffith – Walter Collins
  • Michelle Gunn – Sandy
  • Michael Kelly – Detective Lester Ybarra

Director

  • Clint Eastwood

Plot

Los Angeles, 1928: On a Saturday morning in a working-class suburb, Christine said goodbye to her son, Walter, and left for work. When she came home, she discovered he had vanished. A fruitless search ensues, and months later, a boy claiming to be the nine-year-old is returned. Dazed by the swirl of cops, reporters and her conflicted emotions, Christine allows him to stay overnight. But in her heart, she knows he is not Walter. As she pushes authorities to keep looking, she learns that in Prohibition-era L.A., women don’t challenge the system and live to tell their story. Slandered as delusional and unfit, Christine finds an ally in activist Reverend Briegleb, who helps her fight the city to look for her missing boy. Based on the actual incident that rocked California’s legal system, Changeling tells the shocking tale of a mother’s quest to find her son, and those who won’t stop until they silence her. (Universal Pictures)

Critical Reception

“A disturbing film about grim subject matter, but the overall experience is more exhilarating than saddening. There’s just something satisfying about seeing a movie so well made.” – San Francisco Chronicle – Mick LaSalle

“The script is compelling, the direction confident, the production values professional. But it does not, in the end, feel real.” – New York Daily News – Elizabeth Weitzman

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