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on November 28, 2015
This is based on true events which makes it even more disturbing than it already is. Angelina Jolie plays a young single mother in 1920s Los Angeles. When her young son goes missing, she frantically does everything she can to get him back and she does. However, the boy returned to her is not her son, courtesy of the corrupt L.A.P.D.

This film is dark and powerful. To imagine even a department as well known for corruption as this, actually trying to pass off a false child to a parent is sickening. Jolie plays the part with lots of conviction. John Malkovich is excellent as Reverend Gustav, already an ardent attacker of the L.A.P.D., who becomes involved in the case enough to rescue Jolie's character from the depths of an asylum later on.

This is one of director Eastwood's darkest films as far as subject matter. While it shows one of the worst sides of human nature, it also shows the power of a mother's love and is well worth watching.
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on June 5, 2016
A senseless, bizarre, and unbelievable true crime story that occurred in Los Angeles. Christine Collin's (Angelina Jolie) 9-year-old son, Walter, was abducted on March 10, 1928. The LAPD picked up an abandoned boy in DeKalb, Illinois, 5 months after Walter went missing. They coached the boy into pretending he was Christine's son using threats of intimidation. The police also coerced Christine into accepting the boy as her own. The police needed a positive spin from the press to camouflage incompetence within the department. The police may have gotten away with their corrupt practices if not for the Reverend Briegleb of St. Paul's Presbyterian church. He took up her cause by informing the public through his radio broadcasts. The movie shows the degree that Christine's civil liberties were trounced by those entrusted with authority.
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on December 2, 2015
A couple of years ago I was in a hotel after a long day at a comic convention. Nothing was on television but this movie, "Changeling", caught my eye on HBO. Angelina Jolie was the main character as a mom rising her son in the 1930's. The boy disappears and his mom makes every effort in finding him. At the time, the Los Angelos police were of no help and a mysterious vagrant boy tried to convince everyone, he was her lost son.Come to find out later, that parts of this drama was a true story. Therefore, more recently, I decided to purchase this dvd to enjoy it a second time. Without giving away the plot, I must caution you that there are other parts of this gem that may be disturbing. Either way, it's a fine piece of work.
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on March 18, 2016
Well written, developed characters and lots of twists in the story. Another hit directed by Clint Eastwood. Great young actors and always great Angelina Jolie in a different type of role. Touching and filled with questions. Stranger than fiction for a true story. Heart breaking for the women of that time in history. Educational for those who didn't know what happened in LA with the police during that period. I enjoyed it very much.
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on June 10, 2017
This movie wasn't great, but it wasn't terrible either. I would rate it somewhere in the middle as just "okay." Some of the acting looked amateurish and the scenes were a bit choppy.
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on June 27, 2017
One of the best movies we've seen in a long time. Because it is a true story, the acting of Mrs. Jolie was remarkable! I really didn't think she could be so accurate in showing all the different emotions she transmitted to the audience. Excellent actress!
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This is fantastic story-telling, well put together, all elements
in place and making perfect sense. Such have become the earmarks
of a Clint Eastwood film..his taste and touch is impeccable
as both a director and producer!
(Of course, his acting, when he is acting, is nothing
to sneeze at either!) Angelina Jolie did a wonderful job
as a woman in the late 1920's who endures an unimaginable
ordeal that must be seen to be believed!
There were some moments that had me on the end of my seat
and others that I almost couldn't bear, mainly the brutality
of the child murderer who is revealed later into the film!
Even though she is not reunited with her son, the story still
finds a way to end on a ray of hope.
This was definitely an oscar-worthy performance in a year
of many oscar-worthy performances!
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on July 19, 2017
Hard to believe that this was a true story, but given the circumstances it was a shame.
Very well done.
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on May 17, 2009
Angelina Jolie is a tour de force in the true life story of Christine Collins in "Changeling". This is a story about a mother who comes home from work one day to discover that her son is missing. It is during an era when the LAPD was known more for its thorough corruption than for solving crimes. Christine persists in pressuring them to find her son and her plight takes on mass appeal. The police produce a boy after five months and the boy himself claims to be her son, Walter. But, is he? Christine refuses to accept this child as her own son, and the guts of the tale is how she fights and what she goes through to make her case.

The Christine Collins case had dramatic impact on the LAPD. Several key officers were forced into retirement and citizens' rights received protection such that no one could be thrown into a mental ward based on the whims of the police. "LA Confidential" is another movie about the police corruption in Los Angeles in the same era and features many of the same real-life personalities.

Jolie was nominated for best actress based on this performance and deserved that Oscar nod. She transforms herself into the mild speaking Christine such that you forget it is actually Angelina playing a role. The movie was directed by Clint Eastwood and it is first-rate. Some of the scenes are upsetting to watch, but the movie itself is superb.
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on April 18, 2016
if this lady endured all of this at the hands of the police back then---then shame on the crookedness that is still prevalent today. evilness abounds in everything to our shame, the doctors. the lawyers. the judges. our senators and congress people --there are always those that will be as crooked and evil as can be. only a change of heart and mind will bring about the right thing being done.
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