Oscar Nominee

Genre:  Thriller
Running Time:  142 min.
Release Date: October 24, 2008
DVD: February 17, 2009

Current rating: Rating: 3.91
based on 553 votes and 73 reviews
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Cast: Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Jeffrey Donovan, Colm Feore, Amy Ryan, Michael Kelly, Gattlin Griffith


Los Angeles, 1928: On a Saturday morning in a working-class suburb, Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie) said goodbye to her son, Walter (Gattlin Griffith), and left for work. When she came home, she discovered he had vanished. A fruitless search ensues, and months later, a boy claiming to be the nine-year-old is returned. Dazed by the swirl of cops, reporters and her conflicted emotions, Christine allows him to stay overnight. But in her heart, she knows he is not Walter.

As she pushes authorities to keep looking, she learns that in Prohibition-era L.A., women don't challenge the system and live to tell their story. Slandered as delusional and unfit, Christine finds an ally in activist Reverend Briegleb (John Malkovich), who helps her fight the city to look for her missing boy.

Based on the actual incident that rocked California's legal system, this is the shocking tale of a mother's quest to find her son, and those who won't stop until they silence her.

Director: Clint Eastwood
Studio: Universal Pictures
Producer(s): Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Rob Lorenz, Clint Eastwood
Screenplay: J. Michael Straczynski
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  • 3 stars "a tad slow, yet entertaining movie. jolie is better than usual."