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17th May '16 3:36:12 AM Doug86
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* ''Film/TheChangeling'' (1980), a film starring GeorgeCScott.

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* ''Film/TheChangeling'' (1980), a film starring GeorgeCScott.Creator/GeorgeCScott.
6th Mar '15 1:19:42 AM narm00
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* ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheDreaming'', a tabletop rpg
** ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'', its ContinuityReboot

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* ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheDreaming'', a tabletop rpg
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** ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'', its ContinuityRebootSpiritualSuccessor.
16th Mar '14 4:39:27 PM Aiguille
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** ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'' its ContinuityReboot

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** ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'' ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'', its ContinuityReboot
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** ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost''

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** ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost''''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'' its ContinuityReboot
19th Aug '13 9:29:16 AM CaptEquinox
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* ''Literature/TheChangeling'' (1970), a novel by Zilpha Keatley Snyder.
24th Nov '12 1:00:48 PM Aiguille
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* ''The Changeling'' (1978), (2008) a novel by Joy Williams, reissued after a thirty-year gap in publishing.
2nd May '12 2:05:54 AM erforce
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[[redirect:Film/{{Changeling}}]]

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[[redirect:Film/{{Changeling}}]]Changeling may refer to:

These tropes:
* ChangelingTale
* ChangelingFantasy
* SwitchedAtBirth

These works:
* ''Film/{{Changeling}}'' (2008), a film starring AngelinaJolie.
* ''Film/TheChangeling'' (1980), a film starring GeorgeCScott.
* ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheDreaming'', a tabletop rpg
** ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost''
17th Sep '11 1:56:22 PM Merlo
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''Changeling'' is a film written by J. Michael Straczynski (''{{Babylon 5}}'') and directed by ClintEastwood (''MillionDollarBaby''). It was distributed in 2008 by {{Universal}} Pictures, and stars AngelinaJolie (''{{Salt}}''), John Malkovich (''BurnAfterReading''), and Jeffrey Donovan (''BurnNotice'').

In the late 1920s, the bustling city of Los Angeles is being run by a police force notorious for violence and corruption. It is here that Christine Collins (Jolie) lives with her young son, Walter. When she returns from work one afternoon and finds that her son is missing, the distraught single mother begs the LAPD to help her find him.

After five months of searching the police report that they have found Walter alive in the company of a drifter. Christine is taken to meet the boy at a train station, where she realizes that the child before her is not her son. When she attempts to make police Captain J.J. Jones (Donovan) aware of this, he insists that ''she'' is the one who is mistaken, and simply doesn't recognize her own son after the ordeal he's endured. With even the boy claiming that he is Walter Collins and that Christine is his mother, the confused woman succumbs to Captain Jones' pressure and takes the child home with her in the hopes that she will begin to recognize him.

When she cleans the boy up after arriving home that evening, Christine's suspicions are confirmed: Not only is this boy circumcised when her son was not, but he is also ''3 inches shorter'' than Walter. When she reports this information to Jones, however, he refuses to listen. Unwilling to accept that they have made a politically embarrassing mistake after the Rev. Gustav Briegleb (Malkovich) has released a series of scathing radio broadcasts bringing the LAPD's criminal activities to light, the police inform her in no uncertain terms that the strange boy is Christine's son, and that the case is now closed. As Christine grows increasingly more desperate in her attempts to find someone, ''anyone'', who will help her find her real child, she quickly learns that Jones and the LAPD will do absolutely anything to keep her from telling her side of the story.

''Changeling'' is a hard-hitting drama that explores themes of police corruption and the plight of women in the era of TheGreatDepression. The events depicted in the film are based on the true story of Christine Collins and the search for her missing child. While the film received mixed reviews from critics, it was nominated for numerous awards, including several for Best Cinematography and Best Actress for Angelina Jolie's performance.

Not to be confused with the 80s film, ''TheChangeling'', or the RPG ''[[TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost Changeling: The Lost]]''. For ''the trope'', see ChangelingTale. For the ''happy version'', see ChangelingFantasy.
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!!This film contains examples of:

* AdultFear
* AllInTheEyes: This effect is used in one of the scenes where the distraught Christine is in the police station, calling attention to the emotion in her eyes.
* [[AmbiguousSituation Ambiguous Ending]]: [[spoiler: Walter is not returned to Christine... but in the epilogue, one of Northcott's escaped victims has been found. He says that both he and Walter escaped from their prison, but were separated in the dark. Maybe Walter was recaptured by Northcott, maybe he got away.]]
* BadassPreacher: Briegleb is a firebreathing {{Determinator}} in his mission to expose the LAPD's wrongdoings.
* BedlamHouse: The psychiatric hospital is used as little more than a dumping ground for women who get in the way of the police. The head doctor is a corrupt weasel with no interest in his patients' wellbeing and the [[BattleaxeNurse nurses]] aren't much more than his enforcers.
* ChangelingTale: With [[SevenBasicConflicts society]] replacing [[TheFairFolk fairies]] as the antagonist.
* CompositeCharacter: Dr Steele, Detective Ybarra and Carol Dexter are all composites of several people from historical records.
* CorruptionOfAMinor: Sanford Clark is forced by his SerialKiller uncle to help kidnap other young boys, and later on to dispose of the bodies.
* DirtyCop: Captain J.J. Jones, who is willing to go any length to protect the image of the LAPD, including giving Christine a stand-in for her child, forcing her to care for him, and committing her to a mental institution when she finally decides to stand up for herself.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Subverted hard by [[spoiler: Gordon Northcott. As he's led to the noose, he becomes increasingly pathetic.]]
* ForceFeeding: When Christine is [[spoiler:committed to a psychiatric facility in order to keep her quiet, nurses and orderlies force her to take pills to keep her sedated]].
* HeyItsThatGuy: [[TrueBlood Russell Edgington]] was a psychiatrist before becoming a vampire King. And if that's how [[BurnNotice Michael Western behaved, no wonder he got burned.]]
* HistoricalBeautyUpdate: The real Christine Collins was quite a plain-looking woman. She is played here by AngelinaJolie.
* KarmaHoudini: The film's epilogue fails to mention that following his demotion, Chief Davis was rehired to the police force just two years later.
** Also Dr Steele, though forced to release Christine and all other falsely instated women, does not seem to face any reprecussions for his horrific treatment of his patients, and for all we know is still torturing some poor souls by the closing of the story.
* IronicEcho: [[spoiler: Gordon Northcott claims he did not Kill Walter and that Christine is accusing him of a crime he did not commit just like the police did to her. He is right, though that still doesn't excuse killing 20 other boys.]]
* KidsAreCruel: The fake Walter, Arthur Hutchens, agreed to go along with deceiving a grieving mother by posing as her son in return for seeing his favorite actor Tom Nix. He knows full well what he's doing and [[SmugSnake smugly]] tells officers upon interrogation he's off the hook since he's 'just a kid' ([[CrowningMomentOfAwesome though Detective Ybarra is perfectly willing to call a bluff on that]]).
* KnightTemplar: Jones wants to uphold the good name of the police force, even if it means deceiving victims and using horrific methods to silence those in his way. Even as he is tried and has his crimes placed in front of him in court, he is still insistant that Christine shouldn't have interfered. Although this is open to AlternateCharacterInterpretation. He could simply be covering up his own incompetence.
* LackOfEmpathy: And how. [[FridgeHorror Made all the more disturbing by the fact]] it is based on a true story.
* MeaningfulEcho: [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome "Fuck you... and the horse you rode in on."]]
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Dr Steele
* [[{{ptitleyj6phryk}} Ooh Me Accent's Slipping]]: At times, Jeffrey Donovan sounds less 1920s Irish-American and more 2000s [[BurnNotice Miami]].
* PeriodPiece
* PrecisionFStrike: Quite powerfully used by [[spoiler:Christine when she is asked by the psychiatrist at the mental institution to sign an affidavit stating that the police were correct all along]].
* SerialKiller: Gordon Northcott, who kidnapped and murdered more than 20 young boys on a small farm in California.
* ShownTheirWork: Straczynski did particularly intensive research to ensure that he could legally subtitle the film "A true story" rather than "Based on a true story." He ended up drawing on over 6,000 pieces of documentation on the case.
* SoundtrackDissonance: Northcott sings Silent Night when he's being hung.
* VillainousBreakdown: Northcott completely falls apart as he's led to the noose, demanding that he not be marched to it so fast and that he be allowed to touch every step on the way up.
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''Changeling'' is a film written by J. Michael Straczynski (''{{Babylon 5}}'') and directed by ClintEastwood (''MillionDollarBaby''). It was distributed in 2008 by {{Universal}} Pictures, and stars AngelinaJolie (''{{Salt}}''), John Malkovich (''BurnAfterReading''), and Jeffrey Donovan (''BurnNotice'').

In the late 1920s, the bustling city of Los Angeles is being run by a police force notorious for violence and corruption. It is here that Christine Collins (Jolie) lives with her young son, Walter. When she returns from work one afternoon and finds that her son is missing, the distraught single mother begs the LAPD to help her find him.

After five months of searching the police report that they have found Walter alive in the company of a drifter. Christine is taken to meet the boy at a train station, where she realizes that the child before her is not her son. When she attempts to make police Captain J.J. Jones (Donovan) aware of this, he insists that ''she'' is the one who is mistaken, and simply doesn't recognize her own son after the ordeal he's endured. With even the boy claiming that he is Walter Collins and that Christine is his mother, the confused woman succumbs to Captain Jones' pressure and takes the child home with her in the hopes that she will begin to recognize him.

When she cleans the boy up after arriving home that evening, Christine's suspicions are confirmed: Not only is this boy circumcised when her son was not, but he is also ''3 inches shorter'' than Walter. When she reports this information to Jones, however, he refuses to listen. Unwilling to accept that they have made a politically embarrassing mistake after the Rev. Gustav Briegleb (Malkovich) has released a series of scathing radio broadcasts bringing the LAPD's criminal activities to light, the police inform her in no uncertain terms that the strange boy is Christine's son, and that the case is now closed. As Christine grows increasingly more desperate in her attempts to find someone, ''anyone'', who will help her find her real child, she quickly learns that Jones and the LAPD will do absolutely anything to keep her from telling her side of the story.

''Changeling'' is a hard-hitting drama that explores themes of police corruption and the plight of women in the era of TheGreatDepression. The events depicted in the film are based on the true story of Christine Collins and the search for her missing child. While the film received mixed reviews from critics, it was nominated for numerous awards, including several for Best Cinematography and Best Actress for Angelina Jolie's performance.

Not to be confused with the 80s film, ''TheChangeling'', or the RPG ''[[TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost Changeling: The Lost]]''. For ''the trope'', see ChangelingTale. For the ''happy version'', see ChangelingFantasy.
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!!This film contains examples of:

* AdultFear
* AllInTheEyes: This effect is used in one of the scenes where the distraught Christine is in the police station, calling attention to the emotion in her eyes.
* [[AmbiguousSituation Ambiguous Ending]]: [[spoiler: Walter is not returned to Christine... but in the epilogue, one of Northcott's escaped victims has been found. He says that both he and Walter escaped from their prison, but were separated in the dark. Maybe Walter was recaptured by Northcott, maybe he got away.]]
* BadassPreacher: Briegleb is a firebreathing {{Determinator}} in his mission to expose the LAPD's wrongdoings.
* BedlamHouse: The psychiatric hospital is used as little more than a dumping ground for women who get in the way of the police. The head doctor is a corrupt weasel with no interest in his patients' wellbeing and the [[BattleaxeNurse nurses]] aren't much more than his enforcers.
* ChangelingTale: With [[SevenBasicConflicts society]] replacing [[TheFairFolk fairies]] as the antagonist.
* CompositeCharacter: Dr Steele, Detective Ybarra and Carol Dexter are all composites of several people from historical records.
* CorruptionOfAMinor: Sanford Clark is forced by his SerialKiller uncle to help kidnap other young boys, and later on to dispose of the bodies.
* DirtyCop: Captain J.J. Jones, who is willing to go any length to protect the image of the LAPD, including giving Christine a stand-in for her child, forcing her to care for him, and committing her to a mental institution when she finally decides to stand up for herself.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Subverted hard by [[spoiler: Gordon Northcott. As he's led to the noose, he becomes increasingly pathetic.]]
* ForceFeeding: When Christine is [[spoiler:committed to a psychiatric facility in order to keep her quiet, nurses and orderlies force her to take pills to keep her sedated]].
* HeyItsThatGuy: [[TrueBlood Russell Edgington]] was a psychiatrist before becoming a vampire King. And if that's how [[BurnNotice Michael Western behaved, no wonder he got burned.]]
* HistoricalBeautyUpdate: The real Christine Collins was quite a plain-looking woman. She is played here by AngelinaJolie.
* KarmaHoudini: The film's epilogue fails to mention that following his demotion, Chief Davis was rehired to the police force just two years later.
** Also Dr Steele, though forced to release Christine and all other falsely instated women, does not seem to face any reprecussions for his horrific treatment of his patients, and for all we know is still torturing some poor souls by the closing of the story.
* IronicEcho: [[spoiler: Gordon Northcott claims he did not Kill Walter and that Christine is accusing him of a crime he did not commit just like the police did to her. He is right, though that still doesn't excuse killing 20 other boys.]]
* KidsAreCruel: The fake Walter, Arthur Hutchens, agreed to go along with deceiving a grieving mother by posing as her son in return for seeing his favorite actor Tom Nix. He knows full well what he's doing and [[SmugSnake smugly]] tells officers upon interrogation he's off the hook since he's 'just a kid' ([[CrowningMomentOfAwesome though Detective Ybarra is perfectly willing to call a bluff on that]]).
* KnightTemplar: Jones wants to uphold the good name of the police force, even if it means deceiving victims and using horrific methods to silence those in his way. Even as he is tried and has his crimes placed in front of him in court, he is still insistant that Christine shouldn't have interfered. Although this is open to AlternateCharacterInterpretation. He could simply be covering up his own incompetence.
* LackOfEmpathy: And how. [[FridgeHorror Made all the more disturbing by the fact]] it is based on a true story.
* MeaningfulEcho: [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome "Fuck you... and the horse you rode in on."]]
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Dr Steele
* [[{{ptitleyj6phryk}} Ooh Me Accent's Slipping]]: At times, Jeffrey Donovan sounds less 1920s Irish-American and more 2000s [[BurnNotice Miami]].
* PeriodPiece
* PrecisionFStrike: Quite powerfully used by [[spoiler:Christine when she is asked by the psychiatrist at the mental institution to sign an affidavit stating that the police were correct all along]].
* SerialKiller: Gordon Northcott, who kidnapped and murdered more than 20 young boys on a small farm in California.
* ShownTheirWork: Straczynski did particularly intensive research to ensure that he could legally subtitle the film "A true story" rather than "Based on a true story." He ended up drawing on over 6,000 pieces of documentation on the case.
* SoundtrackDissonance: Northcott sings Silent Night when he's being hung.
* VillainousBreakdown: Northcott completely falls apart as he's led to the noose, demanding that he not be marched to it so fast and that he be allowed to touch every step on the way up.
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14th Sep '11 1:43:03 PM 32_Footsteps
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* LackOfEmpathy: [[{{Understatement}} And how]]. [[FridgeHorror Made all the more disturbing by the fact]] it is based on a true story.

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* LackOfEmpathy: [[{{Understatement}} And how]].how. [[FridgeHorror Made all the more disturbing by the fact]] it is based on a true story.
10th Sep '11 10:14:53 AM nombretomado
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Not to be confused with the 80s film, ''TheChangeling'', or the RPG ''[[ChangelingTheLost Changeling: The Lost]]''. For ''the trope'', see ChangelingTale. For the ''happy version'', see ChangelingFantasy.

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Not to be confused with the 80s film, ''TheChangeling'', or the RPG ''[[ChangelingTheLost ''[[TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost Changeling: The Lost]]''. For ''the trope'', see ChangelingTale. For the ''happy version'', see ChangelingFantasy.
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