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Running Time:
2 hours, 20 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for some violent and disturbing content, and language.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A moody, melancholy but engrossing historical thriller.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Partners in Crime: Clint Eastwood and Angelina Jolie; The Common Thread: Angelina Jolie Becomes Christine Collins.

Angelina Jolie ... Christine Collins
John Malkovich ... Gus Briegleb
Jeffrey Donovan ... Capt. Jones
Colm Feore ... Police Chief Davis
Michael Kelly ... Detective Ybarra
Jason Butler Harner ... Northcott

This true story is as incredible as it is compelling. It starts on a March day in 1928 when the nine-year-old son of Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie "A Mighty Heart") vanishes. Five months later, the LAPD, already under the gun for other unsolved crimes, calls out the press and delivers to Christine a boy who claims to be her son but is not. To avoid embarrassment, Captain Jones (Jeffrey Donovan "Hitch") demands she take the boy home on a "trial basis." When she continues to insist that the LAPD needs to find her real son, Jones does what the department always does with troublesome citizens. They lock her up in a psycho ward.

A radio minister, Gustav Briegleb (John Malkovich "Con Air"), who has been fighting the corruption of Police Chief James E. Davis (Colm Feore, "Chicago") on his radio broadcasts and has taken an interest in Christine's case, shows up to demand her release just before she's subjected to shock treatment. Meanwhile, another officer, Detective Ybarra (Michael Kelly "Dawn of the Dead"), launches an investigation into a potential serial killer Gordon Stewart Northcott (Jason Butler Harner "The Good Shepherd") that not only proves Christine's contention but exposes the force, its chief and the mayor to the wrath of a citizenry fed up with living in a police state. While fighting City Hall, Christine must also deal with the murder trial of Northcott, who taunts her with the truth of her son's fate right up until his San Quentin execution.

Based on a true story from newspaper articles and the files of the L.A. police department,  screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski adds another engrossing chapter to the filmed history of the city as seen previously in "Chinatown" and "LA Confidential."  Multiple Oscar winning director Clint Eastwood ("Million Dollar Baby") has made an exciting film that despite running 2 hours and 21 minutes doesn't feel overly long. And Angelina Jolie has seldom given a finer performance.
Changeling with Angelina Jolie: DVD Cover


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