Changeling (2008)

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TitleChangeling
Year2008
CountryUSA
GenreThriller (Movies)
Run Time2h 22 min
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In Los Angeles in 1928, single mother Christine Collins returns home to discover that her nine-year-old son, Walter, is missing. Reverend Gustav Briegleb publicizes Christine’s plight and rails against the Los Angeles Police Department (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. The doctor 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. A newspaper prints a story implying that Christine is an unfit mother; Briegleb tells Christine it was planted by police to discredit her. Both Walter’s teacher and his dentist give Christine signed letters asserting that “Walter” is an impostor. Christine tells her story to the press; as a result, Jones sends her to Los Angeles County Hospital’s “psychopathic ward”. She befriends inmate Carol Dexter, who tells Christine she is one of several women who were sent there for challenging police authority.

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Cast:

Angelina Jolie Angelina Jolie
Christine Collins
John Malkovich John Malkovich
Rev. Gustav Briegleb
Jeffrey Donovan Jeffrey Donovan
Capt. J.J. Jones
Gattlin Griffith Gattlin Griffith
Walter Collins
Michael Kelly Michael Kelly
Det. Lester Ybarra
Colm Feore Colm Feore
Chief James E. Davis
Jason Butler Harner Jason Butler Harner
Gordon Northcott
Amy Ryan Amy Ryan
Carol Dexter
Denis O'Hare Denis O'Hare
Dr. Jonathan Steele
Peter Gerety Peter Gerety
Dr. Earl W. Tarr

In Los Angeles in 1928, single mother Christine Collins returns home to discover that her nine-year-old son, Walter, is missing. Reverend Gustav Briegleb publicizes Christine’s plight and rails against the Los Angeles Police Department (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. The doctor 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. A newspaper prints a story implying that Christine is an unfit mother; Briegleb tells Christine it was planted by police to discredit her. Both Walter’s teacher and his dentist give Christine signed letters asserting that “Walter” is an impostor. Christine tells her story to the press; as a result, Jones sends her to Los Angeles County Hospital’s “psychopathic ward”. She befriends inmate Carol Dexter, who tells Christine she is one of several women who were sent there for challenging police authority.

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