Changeling 2008

Changeling is a 2008 American drama film directed by Clint Eastwood and written by J. Michael Straczynski. Set in 1928 Los Angeles, the film is based on the true story of a woman who is reunited with her kidnapped son only to realize he is an impostor.

After confronting the city authorities, she is vilified as an unfit mother and branded delusional. The incident was related to the Wineville Chicken Coop Murders, a kidnapping and murder case uncovered in 1928. Changeling explores themes such as feminine disempowerment and corruption in political hierarchies. It was made by Imagine Entertainment and Malpaso Productions for Universal Pictures. Ron Howard was to direct, but scheduling conflicts led to his replacement by Eastwood. Howard and Imagine partner Brian Grazer produced, alongside Malpaso’s Robert Lorenz and Eastwood.

Plot: In 1928 Los Angeles, single mother Christine Collins returns home to discover her nine-year-old son, Walter (Griffith), is missing. Reverend Gustav Briegleb publicizes Christine’s plight and rails against the Los Angeles Police Department for its incompetence, corruption and the extrajudicial punishment meted out by its “Gun Squad”, led by Chief James E. Davis. Several months later, Christine is told her son has been found alive. A public reunion is organized by police, who believe the positive publicity will negate recent criticism of the department. Although “Walter” claims to be Christine’s son, she says he is not. Captain J. J. Jones, the head of the department’s Juvenile Division, insists the boy is Walter and pressures Christine into taking him home “on a trial basis”.
* Angelina Jolie plays Christine Collins.
* Jeffrey Donovan plays J.J. Jones.
* John Malkovich plays Gustav Briegleb.
* Jason Butler Harner plays Gordon Northcott.
* Amy Ryan plays Carol Dexter.
* Michael Kelly plays Lester Ybarra.
* Geoff Pierson plays Sammy Hahn.
* Colm Feore plays James E. Davis.
* Denis O’Hare plays Jonathan Steele.

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