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THE CHANGELING

 
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At Theaters: 10/24/2008 On Video: 2/17/2009
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 20 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 529907
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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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.
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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.

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Cast and Crew Heading
Angelina Jolie WANTED, KUNG FU PANDA, BEOWULF, A MIGHTY HEART
John Malkovich BURN AFTER READING, BEOWULF, ERAGON, LIBERTINE
Jeffrey Donovan BELIEVE IN ME, BLAIR WITCH 2: BOOK OF SHADOWS
Colm Feore THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE
Jason Butler Harner THE GOOD SHEPHERD
Amy Ryan GONE BABY GONE
Michael Kelly INVINCIBLE, DAWN OF THE DEAD
Dir/Prod: Clint Eastwood LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA, FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS
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Before The Production
About The Production
Casting The Film
Locations And Design
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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.
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Roger Ebert Full Review
Very Good 'Changeling' made me feel sympathy, and then anger, and then back around again.

USA Today Full 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.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 122 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
2
Fairly Low
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
1
Fairly High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
5
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
37
High
92%
30+Adults (F)
77
Very High
96%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
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 Walter.

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 boy.

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 good.

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