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Changeling (film) Quotes

Changeling (film) is a television program that first aired in 1970 . Changeling ended in 1970.

It features unbulleted list, Clint Eastwood, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Robert Lorenz as producer, Clint Eastwood in charge of musical score, and Tom Stern (cinematographer) as head of cinematography.

Changeling (film) is recorded in English and originally aired in United States. Each episode of Changeling (film) is 142 minutes long. Changeling (film) is distributed by Universal Studios.

The cast includes: Angelina Jolie as Christine Collins, Michael Kelly as Detective Lester Ybarra, Geoff Pierson as S.S. Hahn, Eddie Alderson as Sanford Clark, Amy Ryan as Carol Dexter, John Malkovich as Rev. Gustav Briegleb, Colm Feore as Chief James E. Davis, Jason Butler Harner as Gordon Northcott, Denis O'Hare as Dr. Jonathan Steele, and Gattlin Griffith as Walter Collins.

Changeling (film) Quotes

Michael Kelly as Detective Lester Ybarra

  • (Michael Kelly) "If that's how you want it, then I guess we're done here. Tell county jail we're remanding him for trial."
  • (Arthur Hutchins) "Wait. I didn't do anything. I wasn't even here when it happened."
  • (Michael Kelly) "By pretending to be Walter Collins, you're interfering in a police investigation of a kidnapping and murder. We can try you as accomplice to that murder after the fact. That's too bad. County jail is a lot worse than a juvenile hall or a foster home. It's a lot worse."
  • (Arthur Hutchins) "You can't do that. I'm just a kid."
  • (Michael Kelly) "Mm. Sanford Clark's a kid, too. Fifteen. He's going to jail. All murderers and their accomplices go to jail. Everybody knows that. Get him out of here. It's out of my hands now."
  • (Arthur Hutchins) "Wait. I don't want to go to jail."
  • (Michael Kelly) "Prove it."
  • (Arthur Hutchins) "I -- I knew Los Angeles is where they make the Tom Mix movies. I figured if I could meet Tom Mix, maybe he would let me ride on his horse. His horse is named Tony. Did you know that?"
  • (Michael Kelly) "It's raining cats, dogs, and Democrats out there, this better be worth it."
  • (Michael Kelly) "You put them in the ground, you can take them out of the ground."

Jason Butler Harner as Gordon Northcott

  • (Judge) "Gordon Stewart Northcott, you've been charged with three counts of murder in the first degree with an additional seventeen counts under review by the district attorney's office. How do you plea?"
  • (Jason Butler Harner) "Oh, not guilty, Your Honor."
  • (Judge) "Does the defendant wish to make a statement before judgement is passed?"
  • (Jason Butler Harner) "I want to make it real clear that I never once got a fair shake from you, Your Honor, or from this court. The only one in here worth a good goddamn is her."
  • (Jason Butler Harner) "'Cause she's the only one who never badmouthed me to the press. She's the only one who understands what it is to be framed by the police for something you didn't do."
  • (Judge) "All right, that's enough."
  • (Jason Butler Harner) "And then to just be thrown in the hole to just rot and to fester and to be forgotten and fade away, isn't that right?"
  • (Judge) "Counsel."
  • (Jason Butler Harner) "I never killed your boy, Mrs. Collins."
  • (Judge) "Counsel, that's enough."
  • (Jason Butler Harner) "I would never do that. I would never hurt Walter."
  • (Judge) "Counsel, get control of your client or I'll have him bound and gagged."
  • (Jason Butler Harner) "He's an angel."
  • (Jason Butler Harner) "Get off of me."
  • (Reporter at Precinct) "How did you avoid capture?"
  • (Jason Butler Harner) "Well, I didn't, did I?"

Angelina Jolie as Christine Collins

  • (Angelina Jolie) "Why would they do this?"
  • (John Malkovich) "To avoid admitting they made a mistake when they brought back the wrong boy. Of course, anyone reading the newspaper with half a brain would see through it instantly. Sadly, that would exclude about half the readership of the Times. Mrs. Collins, I have made it my mission in life to bring to light all the things the LAPD wish none of us ever knew about. A department ruled by violence, abuse, murder, corruption and intimidation. When Chief Davis took over the force two years ago, he said --"
  • (Colm Feore) "We will hold court against gunmen in the streets of Los Angeles. I want them brought in dead, not alive, and I will reprimand any officer who shows the least mercy to a criminal."
  • (John Malkovich) "He picked fifty of the most violent cops on the force, gave them machine guns and permission to shoot anyone who got in their way. He called them the Gun Squad. No lawyers, no trials, no questions, no suspensions, no investigations, just piles of bodies. Bodies in the morgues, bodies in the hospitals, bodies by the side of the road, and not because the LAPD wanted to wipe out crime. No. The LAPD wanted to wipe out the competition. Mayor Cryer and half the force are on the take: gambling, prostitution, bootlegging, you name it. Because once you give people the freedom to do whatever they want, as the Lord found in the Garden of Eden, they will do exactly that. This police department does not tolerate dissent or contradiction or even embarrassment. And you are in a position to embarrass them and they do not like it. They will do anything in their power to discredit you. I've seen it happen too many times to start going blind now. That's why I wanted to meet you, to let you know what you're getting yourself into and to help you fight it, if you choose to."
  • (Angelina Jolie) "Reverend, I appreciate everything that you're doing and everything that you said, but I'm not on a mission. I just want my son home."
  • (Arthur Hutchins) "Night, Mommy."
  • (Angelina Jolie) "Stop calling me that. I'm not your mother. I want my son back. Damn you."
  • (Angelina Jolie) "Fuck you and the horse you rode in on."
  • (Angelina Jolie) "I'm perfectly sane and i will explain that to them."
  • (Amy Ryan) "How ? The more you try to act sane, the crazier you start to look. If you smile too much, you are delusional or you are stifling hysteria. If you don't smile you are depressed. If you remain neutral you are emotionally withdrawn, potentially catatonic."
  • (Angelina Jolie) "He's not my son."
  • (Capt. J.J. Jones) "Why are you doing this, Mrs. Collins? Why are you doing this? You seem perfectly capable of taking care of the boy. Your job pays you enough to attend to his personal needs, so I don't understand why you're running away from your responsibilities as a mother."
  • (Angelina Jolie) "I am not running away from anything. Least of all my responsibilities. I am even taking care of that boy right now, because I am all he has. What worries me is that you have stopped looking for my son."
  • (Capt. J.J. Jones) "Why should we be looking for someone we've already found?"
  • (Angelina Jolie) "Because you have not found him."
  • (Dr. John Montgomery) "He had two cavities that needed filling. He put up a fight, but I took care of it."
  • (Angelina Jolie) "And?"
  • (Dr. John Montgomery) "Your son's upper front teeth were separated by a small tissue, a diastema. It made them sit about an eighth of an inch apart. The boy in that room has no such gap."
  • (Angelina Jolie) "Can that change with age? Because that's what they're going to say."
  • (Dr. John Montgomery) "In some cases, yes, it's possible. But the tissue between Walter's teeth prevents that from happening. You see, they can never come together without an operation to sever the tissue, and I can tell you right now that he has never had such an operation."
  • (Angelina Jolie) "Would you be willing to put that officially in writing?"
  • (Dr. John Montgomery) "Pardon my language, but hell yes."
  • (Angelina Jolie) "Walter, honey. Time to wake up."
  • (Gattlin Griffith) "Just ten more minutes --"
  • (Angelina Jolie) "Sorry, sport. You can sleep in tomorrow, that's what Saturdays are for."
  • (Angelina Jolie) "He's not my son."
  • (Capt. J.J. Jones) "Mrs. Collins --"
  • (Angelina Jolie) "No, I don't know why he's saying that he is, but he's not Walter and there's been a mistake."
  • (Capt. J.J. Jones) "I thought we agreed to give him time to adjust."
  • (Angelina Jolie) "He's three inches shorter; I measured him on the chart."
  • (Capt. J.J. Jones) "Well, maybe your measurements are off. Look, I'm sure there's a reasonable explanation for all of this."
  • (Angelina Jolie) "He's circumcised and Walter isn't."
  • (Capt. J.J. Jones) "Mrs. Collins, your son was missing for five months, for at least part of that time in the company of an unidentified drifter. Who knows what such a disturbed individual might have done. He could have had him circumcised. He could have --"
  • (Angelina Jolie) "-- made him shorter?"

Denis O'Hare as Dr. Jonathan Steele

  • (Denis O'Hare) "By signing this, you certify that you were wrong when you stated the boy returned to you by the police was not your son. It further stipulates that the police were right in sending you here for observation and it absolves them of all responsibility."
  • (Angelina Jolie) "I won't sign that."

Geoff Pierson as S.S. Hahn

  • (Capt. J.J. Jones) "The boy, Walter Collins, was reported as missing March 10th, 1928. We then instituted a nationwide search. On August 18th, we received a cable indicating that a boy matching his description was found in DeKalb, Illinois. Upon questioning, he admitted to being Walter Collins. We then made arrangements for him to be transported back to California."
  • (Geoff Pierson) "Where Mrs. Collins told you the boy was not her son."
  • (Capt. J.J. Jones) "Yes. She denied his identity in spite of all of the evidence pointing to the contrary."
  • (Geoff Pierson) "But, as subsequent events have demonstrated, she was correct. So, what prompted you to send her for psychological evaluation?"
  • (Capt. J.J. Jones) "Whether or not this was in fact the correct boy was not relevant to my decision. Throughout this period, she acted strangely. She was often cool and aloof and unemotional, especially when confronted with the boy we found in DeKalb and in our subsequent conversation. It was because of her disturbing behavior that I submitted her for observation to the psychopathic ward of Los Angeles County General Hospital."
  • (Geoff Pierson) "Just like that. You snap your fingers and an innocent woman is thrown into the psycho ward."
  • (Capt. J.J. Jones) "She wasn't thrown."
  • (Geoff Pierson) "Every family in this state is in grave danger when a police captain can take a woman into his office and five minutes later have her thrown into the psychopathic ward on his own authority."
  • (Capt. J.J. Jones) "She wasn't thrown. She wasn't thrown. SHE WASN'T THROWN."
  • (Geoff Pierson) "What was that, Captain?"
  • (Capt. J.J. Jones) "She wasn't thrown. She was escorted."
  • (Geoff Pierson) "Escorted, thrown, the verb doesn't matter, Captain. What does matter is that her incarceration was ordered without a warrant. I am holding a carbon copy of the affidavit of insanity that was issued in the case of the State of California v. Christine Collins. Who signed the affidavit?"
  • (Capt. J.J. Jones) "I did."
  • (Geoff Pierson) "Well now, let me see if I have this correct. A woman was thrown into the psychopathic ward without a warrant, because no warrant existed. And when it was finally written several days later, there was no need to sign it or to go to a judge because she was already in the asylum. Is this correct, Captain?"
  • (Capt. J.J. Jones) "Technically, yes. Extraordinary steps were necessary because we were dealing; we were dealing with an extraordinary situation. Now, is it our fault that we were being deceived by a boy who claimed to be Walter Collins? No. In light of his claims and her; her disturbing behavior, who wouldn't begin to think that there was something the matter with her?"
  • (Geoff Pierson) "Because she questioned you?"
  • (Capt. J.J. Jones) "No, because she wouldn't listen. Because she insisted on being obstinate. Because she; because she tried to take matters into her own hand best left to qualified officers. Because once civil disobedience starts --"
  • (Geoff Pierson) "Because she was fighting for the life of her son. A boy who may have still been alive while you were wasting valuable time, denying you had done anything wrong. And in the end, that's what happened, isn't it? At some point, while all this was going on, Walter Collins was brutally murdered, along with as many as nineteen other boys at the Northcott Ranch in Wineville. Is that correct, Captain?"
  • (Capt. J.J. Jones) "Yes, it is."
  • (Geoff Pierson) "No further questions."

Amy Ryan as Carol Dexter

  • (Amy Ryan) "Everybody knows women are fragile. I mean, they're all emotions, no logic, there's nothing going on upstairs. Every once in a while, they say something that's a little inconvenient, they just go fucking nuts. Pardon my French. If we're insane, nobody has to listen to us. I mean, who are you going to believe, some crazy woman trying to destroy the integrity of the force, or a police officer?"

Colm Feore as Chief James E. Davis

  • (Colm Feore) "Captain, your handling of the Christine Collins case has exposed this department to public ridicule. There is even the possibility of civil and criminal liability."
  • (Capt. J.J. Jones) "Sir, nobody could've known what was happening up at that ranch. Not us, the sheriff's department, or the marshal's office, and as for the Collins woman, I'm still not convinced that her boy is among the victims up in Wineville."
  • (Colm Feore) "No?"
  • (Capt. J.J. Jones) "No. There were four other photos of missing boys that looked a lot like him. The Clark kid could've been mistaken."
  • (Colm Feore) "Maybe he was, which begs the obvious question: Who cares?"
  • (Capt. J.J. Jones) "Sir?"
  • (Colm Feore) "The mayor wants this to go away. I want this to go away. The way you do that is stop insisting that Walter Collins is not among those boys killed up at that goddamn ranch. Because if the boy you brought back is not Walter Collins and he's not dead up at that ranch, then where the hell is he? People are going to want to know why we haven't found him, why we're not doing our job. But if, on the other hand, he is, or could be, among those poor boys killed up in Wineville, then the inquiries stop."
  • (Colm Feore) "It's a momentary embarrassment you're just going to have to live with. Better a short inconvenience than a lingering problem, wouldn't you say, Captain?"
  • (Capt. J.J. Jones) "Yes, sir."
  • (Colm Feore) "The boy's been gone nearly a year. If he was going to be found, it would have happened by now. Whether he was up at that ranch or not, the truth is he probably is dead somewhere. Better his mother accept that now than later, don't you think?"
  • (Capt. J.J. Jones) "Yes, sir."
  • (Colm Feore) "Good. That'll be all, Captain."

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