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Release Date: October 24th, 2008

DVD Release Date: February 17th, 2009

R|2 hr 21 min

Plot Summary
In 1928 Los Angeles, single mother Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie) arrives home to find her son, Walter, gone. Five months later her prayers are answered when Walter is found in Illinois. But to Christine's horror, the boy who steps off the train is not her son. Authorities vehemently dispute Christine's claim, and her one ally is a clergyman (John Malkovich) who sees the case as his chance to expose corruption in the Los Angeles Police Department and government.

Cast: Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Jeffrey Donovan, Michael Kelly, Colm Feore, Jason Butler Harner, Amy Ryan, Geoff Pierson

Director: Clint Eastwood

Genres: Drama, Mystery

Production Co: Malpaso Company

Distributors: Universal Pictures, Universal Pictures

Keywords: Police officer, Son, Los Angeles, Investigation, Gripping, Emotional, Deception, Quest

Ratings & Reviews

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  • While components of Eastwood's film are excellent, in particular Kelly's quietly tenacious performance and the evocative period details, Changeling is a film of parts, not a unified whole. show more

  • In Changeling Eastwood continues to probe uncomfortable subjects to depict the individual and even existential struggle to do what is right. show more

  • J. Michael Straczynski's disjointed script manages to ring false at almost every significant turn (Collins' psychiatric-hospital stay has grown into a latter-day version of "The Snake Pit") and Clint Eastwood's ponderous direction -- a disheartening departure from his sure touch in "Letters From Iwo Jima" and "The Bridges of Madison County" -- magnifies the flaws. show more

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Awards

Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2008)
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2008)
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2008)
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2008)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2008)
Nominated Leading Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2008)
Nominated Art Direction
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2008)
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated Screenplay (Original)
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2008)
Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Director
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2008)