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Mrs. Collins told her story clearly, stating that from the first she was convinced the boy was not her missing son…She was subjected to an exhaustive examination by President Schweitzer, who wound up asking her what happened shortly before she was taken to the County Hospital.
Drama Mystery Thriller - This is a slow-moving, fact-based period drama. Fans of Angelina
Jolie should be pleased as this basically a one-woman show for her.
John Malkovich's screen time is limited. The target audience is
women, particularly older ones and/or ones with children.
PROFANITY: 5 F-words, 4 GD's, a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Fleeting non-sexual nudity. VIOLENCE: Hard hits; bloody axe murders; a hanging. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some tobacco. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Some cute kid humor.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good 'Changeling' made me feel sympathy, and then anger, and then back around again.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average While the neo-Gothic tale is inherently intriguing, the film should inspire strong emotion, but deliberate pacing and a contained sense of melodrama make it a surprisingly passive experience.
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Los Angeles, March 1928: On a beautiful Saturday morning in a working-class
suburb, single mother Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie) says goodbye to
her nine-year-old son, Walter, and leaves for her job as a telephone operator. But when
Christine returns to their modest home, she is confronted with every parent's worst
nightmare: her son has vanished.
An exhaustive and fruitless search ensues, but Walter has disappeared without a
trace…until five months later, when a child—claiming to be her boy—is returned by
police who are eager to bask in the public-relations coup of reuniting mother and child.
Dazed by the swirl of cops, reporters, photographers and her own conflicted emotions,
Christine is persuaded to take the boy home. But in her heart, she knows he is not
As she pushes authorities to keep looking for her real son, Christine learns that in
Prohibition-era L.A., women don't challenge the system and live to tell their story.
Slandered as delusional and unfit, she finds an ally in community activist Reverend
Gustav Briegleb (John Malkovich), who helps her fight the city to look for her missing
Facing corrupt police who question her sanity and a skeptical public hungry for a
fairy-tale ending, Christine desperately hunts for answers. As she searches, she becomes
an unlikely heroine for the poor and downtrodden who have been systematically abused
and swept aside by the police state that has gripped L.A. Now, one woman's quest won't
stop until she finds her son…unless those assigned to protect and serve silence her for