Christine tells her story to the press; as a result, Jones sends her to Los Angeles County Hospital's "psychopathic ward".
She befriends inmate Carol Dexter (Ryan), who tells Christine she is one of several women who were sent there for challenging police authority. Steele (O'Hare) diagnoses Christine as delusional and forces her to take mood-regulating pills.
Steele says he will release Christine if she admits she was mistaken about "Walter"; she refuses.
Actors and crew noted that Eastwood's low-key direction resulted in a calm set and short working days.
In post-production, scenes were supplemented with computer-generated skylines, backgrounds, vehicles and people.
that explores child endangerment, female disempowerment, political corruption, mistreatment of mental health patients, and the repercussions of violence.
The script was based on real-life events, specifically the 1928 Wineville Chicken Coop Murders in Mira Loma, California.
Changeling earned 3 million in box-office revenue worldwide – of which .7 million came from the United States and Canada – and received nominations in three Academy Award and eight BAFTA Award categories.
In Los Angeles in 1928, single mother Christine Collins (Jolie) returns home to discover her nine-year-old son, Walter (Gattlin Griffith), is missing.
Several actors campaigned for the leading role; ultimately, Eastwood decided that Jolie's face would suit the 1920s period setting.
The film also stars Jeffrey Donovan, Jason Butler Harner, John Malkovich, Michael Kelly, and Amy Ryan.
His first draft became the shooting script; it was his first film screenplay to be produced.
Ron Howard had intended to direct the film, but scheduling conflicts led to his replacement by Eastwood.
Howard and his Imagine Entertainment partner Brian Grazer produced Changeling alongside Malpaso Productions' Robert Lorenz and Eastwood.