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Changeling (2008)

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Biography, Crime, Drama |

Changeling is a American mystery crime drama film directed, produced, and scored by Clint Eastwood and written by J. Michael Straczynski, that explores child endangerment, female disempowerment, political corruption, mistreatment of mental health patients, and the repercussions of violence. The script was based on real-life events, specifically the 1928 Wineville Chicken Coop Murders in Mira Loma, California. The film stars Angelina Jolie as a woman united with a boy who she realizes is not her missing son. When she tries to demonstrate this to the police and city authorities, she is vilified as delusional, labeled as an unfit mother, and confined to a psychiatric ward.

n Los Angeles in 1928, single mother Christine Collins returns home to discover her nine-year-old son, Walter, is missing. Reverend Gustav Briegleb publicizes Christine’s plight and rails against the LAPD for its incompetence, corruption and the extrajudicial punishment meted out by its “Gun Squad” led by Chief James E. Davis. Several months after Walter’s disappearance, the LAPD tells Christine that the boy has been found alive. Believing the positive publicity will negate recent criticism of the department, the LAPD organizes a public reunion. Although “Walter” claims he is Christine’s son, she says he is not. Captain J. J. Jones, the head of the LAPD’s Juvenile Division, insists the boy is Walter and pressures Christine into taking him home “on a trial basis”.

After Christine confronts Jones with physical discrepancies between “Walter” and her son, Jones arranges for a medical doctor to visit her. He tells Christine that “Walter” is three inches shorter than before his disappearance because trauma has shrunk his spine, and that the man who took Walter had him circumcised.

Director: Clint Eastwood

Writer: J. Michael Straczynski

Stars: Angelina Jolie, Colm Feore, Amy Ryan, John Malkovich, Jeffrey Donovan, Gattlin Griffith, Colm Feore

►Cast:

Angelina JolieChristine Collins
Gattlin GriffithWalter Collins
Michelle GunnSandy
Jan DevereauxOperator
Erica GrantOperator
Antonia BennettOperator
Kerri RandlesOperator
Frank WoodBen Harris
Morgan EastwoodGirl on Tricycle
Madison HodgesNeighborhood Girl
John MalkovichRev. Gustav Briegleb
Colm FeoreChief James E. Davis
Devon ContiArthur Hutchins
Ric SarabiaMan at Diner
J.P. BumsteadCook
Jeffrey DonovanCaptain J.J. Jones
Debra ChristoffersonPolice Matron at Train
Russell EdgeReporter at Train
Stephen W. AlvarezReporter at Train
Peter GeretyDr. Earl W. Tarr
Pete RockwellReporter at Precinct
John Harrington BlandDr. John Montgomery
Pamela DunlapMrs. Fox
Roger HewlettOfficer Morelli
Jim CantafioDesk Sergeant
Michael KellyDetective Lester Ybarra
Maria J. RockwellPolice Matron at Precinct (as Maria Rockwell)
Wendy WorthingtonReception Nurse
Riki LindhomeExamination Nurse
Dawn FloodMorning Nurse
Dale DickeyPatient
Jason Butler HarnerGordon Northcott
Eddie AldersonSanford Clark
Sterling WolfeBriegleb’s Aide
Michael McCaffertyTicket Vendor (as Mike McCafferty)
Amy RyanCarol Dexter
David GoldmanAdministrator
Denis O’HareDr. Jonathan Steele
Anthony De MarcoAbducted Kid (as Anthony DeMarco)
Joshua Logan MooreAbducted Kid (as Joshua Moore)
Joe KaprielianAbducted Kid
Muriel MinotSecretary
Kevin GlikmannMale Orderly
Drew RichardsHolding Officer
Hope ShapiroMedication Nurse
Caleb CampbellBackup Detective
Jeff CockeyBackup Detective
Zach MillsNews Vendor
Kelly Lynn WarrenRachel Clark
Colby FrenchBob Clark
Scott LevaMountie
Richard KingMountie (as Rich King)
Clint WardMountie
Geoff PiersonS.S. Hahn
Reed BirneyMayor Cryer
Michael DempseyMan on Street
Peter BreitmayerChairman Thorpe
Phil Van TeeCouncilman
Jim NiebReporter at Hearing
Lily KnightMrs. Leanne Clay
Jeffrey HutchinsonMr. Clay
Brian PrescottCourtroom Bailiff
Ryan CutronaJudge
Mary SteinJanet Hutchins
Gregg BinkleyJury Foreman
William CharltonPrison Guard
Cooper ThorntonPrison Guard (as Cooper Thorton)
E.J. CallahanWarden
Asher AxeDavid Clay
Devon GearhartWinslow Boy
Dalton StumboWinslow Boy
Austin MenschBoy in Coop
Andre AlexsenLa City Councilman
Julie BerlinSwitchboard Operator
Denise BradleyChurch Member
William BrentScreaming Boy (voice)
Pete BrownWalter’s Train Escort
Gary BucknerPrison Executioner
Jason CiokInterviewer
Danton DabarPrison Guard #3
Doby DaengerCouncilman’s Wife
Jessica Irvine DrakeFemale Protester
John R. DuncanCouncilman
Dominick DunneMan on Jury
Michael GrubbCourtroom Attendee
Leslie GunningTrain Passenger
Richard HansenReporter
Kerry HennessyChurch Member / Protestor / Witness
Bruce HolmanExecution Observer
Lauren IngmireClassroom Kid
Christopher Karl JohnsonProtester / Man on Corner with Newspaper Smoking
Kitty KreidlerWomen’s Temperence Worker
Suzanne LaChasseOperator
Jonathan LaneHospital Visitor
Kimberly LangleyProtestor
Michela LansingProtester
Jen LilleySwitchboard Operator
Michael LovernTrain Passenger
Darin ManganWitness
Lauren Suzanne MartinProtester

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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