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Los Angeles, 1928; Christine Collins’s (Angelina Jolie) nine-year-old son disappears, but when the police claim to have found him it turns out to be a different boy… and the cops want her to accept him as her own. This film was based on an amazing real-life story about widespread corruption within the LAPD and how a very nasty serial killer was brought to justice; director Clint Eastwood and his team stay reasonably close to the truth and tell the story in a straightforward fashion without embellishment. A shocking, engaging experience, although the last hour loses some of its steam. Benefits from its terrific cast and the sun-drenched, faded cinematography.

2008-U.S. 141 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced byĀ Clint Eastwood, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Robert Lorenz. Direction, Music: Clint Eastwood. Screenplay: J. Michael Straczynski.Ā Cinematography: Tom Stern. Cast: Angelina Jolie (Christine Collins), John Malkovich (Gustav Briegleb), Jeffrey Donovan (J.J. Jones), Michael Kelly, Colm Feore, Jason Butler Harner… Amy Ryan.

Trivia: Hilary Swank and Reese Witherspoon were allegedly considered for the part of Christine. Howard planned to direct the film, but a scheduling conflict caused him to look for a replacement.

Last word: “When I was first given this script, I was told that Angelina had read this and liked it, so I told Brian Grazer that I didnā€™t see any reason to look further. I liked her very much, I liked her as an actress and she is a mother and a famous mother now, but I figured that she would just know all the proper things about this character. And the others were cast the same way.Ā I do a lot of casting by videotape of people coming in and reading scenes and what have you, because Iā€™ve been turned down for so many parts over the years in my early career. I hated to be like one of those guys sitting there smoking a cigar and blowing smoke in the actorsā€™ faces as they came in to read.” (Eastwood, indieLondon)



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