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Fact is, no knowledge should be accepted unless it has been crucified with Christ and taken captive for God. [footnote]We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)[/footnote]

The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly. (Proverbs 15:14)

As if we did not know by now – the Police and Prosecutors will, and do, go to any lengths to make any thought-lie-they-think a reality.

Factual Review of The Movie: Changeling (2008)

Main Actors

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

Devon Conti

as Arthur Hutchins

Total Budget:

55 million USD

Total Profit :

Domestic Box Office: $35,739,802

International Box Office: $78,065,778

Est. Domestic DVD Sales: $13,824,195

Worldwide Box Office: $113,805,580

Clint Eastwood


Clint Eastwood


Brian Grazer


Ron Howard


Robert Lorenz


J. Michael Straczynski


The movie “


” is the true story of a single mom

Christine Collins

(played by Angelina Jolie). In March 1928, Christine found her 9-year-old son, Walter, missing in Los Angeles. After 5 months,

Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD)

claimed to have found a boy thousands of kilometres away in Illinois, identifying himself as Walter Collins. The missing boy’s discovery was an achievement for the embattled


which had come under fire for incompetency and corruption in recent years. Christine dismisses the claim that this boy, living with her is “Walter” and continues her search alone.

To keep Christine quiet, the police Captain

J.J. Jones

(played by Jeffrey Donovan) admitted her to a mental hospital, assuming her insane. She was held in a psychiatric ward against her will, medicated and tortured. Eastwood has shot these scenes like a horror movie, with nasty nurses leering, pasty women with vicious hair screaming and banging their heads against bars, and a wicked doctor giving Christine jolts of electricity to make her sign a paper confirming that the sinister impostor is her son.

In real life, the impostor was

Arthur Hutchins Jr.,

(played by Devon Conti) a boy from Iowa who was trying to escape from his unhappy home life. People told him that he resembled Walter Collins, so he thought to pose as the missing boy and get a free trip from his hometown to California.

While in the psychiatry ward,


discovers that many women in there were victims of the cops, and they were kept there to remain “quiet.” I feel The LAPD is quite unfortunate to exist in Los Angeles because it has frequently had a negative image in Hollywood movies. See “Lakeview Terrace,” “Training Day,” and “L.A. Confidential.” Many movies have shown corrupt cops, but no other city’s cops have been as dramatically depicted.

Christine’s one ally was a priest

Rev. Gustav Briegleb

(played by John Malkovich) who wanted to expose corruption in the LAPD and government. Meanwhile, a committed detective

Lester Ybarra

(Michael Kelly) was led to an isolated chicken ranch outside Winesville, Calif where the bodies of 20 young boys were buried.

Gordon Stewart Northcott

(played by Jason Butler Harner) is the main antagonist of this movie. He plays a fictionalized role of a real-life serial killer of the 1920s, who sexually abused and murdered young boys, in Riverside County, California. This case is still famous with the name “Wineville Chicken Coop Murders Case.”


The Changeling is a movie about a mother who tries to fight the injustice system of hypocrites and lies. After watching this movie, I learned that everything is not necessarily how it appears and we must do what we think is right, even when others assume we are wrong. With a riveting plot, terrific setting and incredible acting by Angelina Julie and other actors; this movie is strongly recommended to those who enjoy emotional and gripping thrillers.


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