Share

Watch It

On DVD: Now | On Blu-ray: Now

Changeling Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Inspired by actual events that occurred in 1920s-era Los Angeles, Clint Eastwood's The Changeling tells the story of a woman driven to confront a corrupted LAPD after her abducted son is retrieved and she begins to suspect that the boy returned to her is not the same boy she gave birth to. The year was 1928, and the setting a working-class suburb of Los Angeles. As Christine (Angelina Jolie) said goodbye to her son, Walter, and departed for work, she never anticipated that this was the day her life would be forever changed. Upon returning home, Christine was distressed to discover that Walter was nowhere to be found. Over the course of the following months, the desperate mother would launch a search that would ultimately prove fruitless. Yet just when it seemed that all hope was lost, a nine-year-old boy claiming to be Christine's son seemed to appear out of thin air. Overcome with emotions and uncertain how to face the authorities or the press, Christine invites the child to stay in her home despite knowing without a doubt that he is not her son. As much as Christine would like to accept the fact that her son has been returned to her, she cannot accept the injustice being pushed upon her and continues to challenge the Prohibition-era Los Angeles police force at every turn. As a result, Christine is slandered by the powers that be, and painted as an unfit mother. In this town, a woman who challenges the system is putting her life on the line, and as the situation grows desperate, the only person willing to aid her in her search is benevolent local activist Reverend Briegleb (John Malkovich). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:October 24, 2008

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts James Murakami Best Production Design 2008 Nominee
Art Directors Guild James Murakami Best Art Direction in a Period Film 2008 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences James Murakami Best Art Direction 2008 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Joel Cox Best Editing 2008 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts John Reitz Best Sound 2008 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Walt Martin Best Sound 2008 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Angelina Jolie Best Actress 2008 Nominee
London Film Critics Association Angelina Jolie Best Actress 2008 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Angelina Jolie Best Actress 2008 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Angelina Jolie Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 2008 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Angelina Jolie Best Actress 2008 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Angelina Jolie Best Actress 2008 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Angelina Jolie Best Actress 2008 Nominee
London Film Critics Association Clint Eastwood Best Director 2008 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Clint Eastwood Best Director 2008 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Clint Eastwood Best Original Score 2008 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Clint Eastwood Best Composer 2008 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts J. Michael Straczynski Best Original Screenplay 2008 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Gary D. Roach Best Editing 2008 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Tom Stern Best Cinematography 2008 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tom Stern Best Cinematography 2008 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Deborah Hopper Best Costume Design 2008 Nominee
Costume Guild Awards Deborah Hopper Best Art Direction in a Period Film 2008 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Gary Fettis Best Production Design 2008 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gary Fettis Best Art Direction 2008 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Gregg Rudloff Best Sound 2008 Nominee

Cast

Angelina Jolie
as Christine Collins
John Malkovich
as Rev. Gustav Briegleb
Jeffrey Donovan
as Capt. J.J. Jones
Michael Kelly
as Det. Lester Ybarra
Colm Feore
as Chief James E. Davis
Jason Butler Harner
as Gordon Northcott
Amy Ryan
as Carol Dexter
Geoffrey Pierson
as S.S. Hahn
Frank Wood
as Ben Harris
Denis O'Hare
as Dr. Jonathan Steele
Peter Gerety
as Dr. Earl W. Tarr
Reed Birney
as Mayor Cryer
Gattlin Griffith
as Walter Collins
Devon Conti
as Arthur Hutchins
Eddie Alderson
as Sanford Clark
Riki Lindhome

Crew

Clint Eastwood
Director
Clint Eastwood
Producer
Brian Grazer
Producer
Robert Lorenz
Producer
Ron Howard
Producer
J. Michael Straczynski
Screenwriter
Tom Stern
Cinematographer
Clint Eastwood
Composer (Music Score)
Gary D. Roach
Editor
Joel Cox
Editor
James Murakami
Production Designer
Patrick M. Sullivan, Jr.
Art Director
Jim Whitaker
Executive Producer
Adrian H. Gorton
Set Designer
Dianne I. Wager
Set Designer
Gary Fettis
Set Decorator
Deborah Hopper
Costume Designer
Walt Martin
Sound/Sound Designer
Ellen Chenoweth
Casting
Gregg Rudloff
Re-Recording Mixer
Buddy Van Horn
Stunts Coordinator
Bub Asman
Supervising Sound Editor
John Reitz
Re-Recording Mixer
Advertisement