Changeling (2008)

6 mistakes

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Factual error: A woman is shown receiving electroshock treatment ("ECT") in a hospital scene which took place in 1928. Although chemicals were used to induce seizures in psychiatric treatments at the time, the use of electricity for the purpose was not discovered until 1937 and not used in the United States until 1940.

Continuity mistake: When the "substitute" boy gets off the train he is with an older women. The reporters ask the mom and boy to take a picture together. You can see from the camera angle that the older woman is in the background when the flashes go off taking the picture. Later in the movie, the psychiatrist holds up a newspaper article with the picture in it. In the newspaper picture, the older woman is not in the background.

Continuity mistake: When the cop shows the killer kid a picture of Walter, the back of the photo keeps changing from wrinkled to straight repeatedly.

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Continuity mistake: When Angelina is sitting down at the table at the mental asylum, she is sitting across from a heavyset woman. Before she starts talking to the blond woman, the lady across from her takes a drink. Just as she is raising the glass, the scene cuts to another angle and the lady's glass is down on the table again.

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Continuity mistake: When Walter tells Christine about the fight with a boy at school, Walter's left hand moves from hanging down by his side to fidgeting with his handbag strap. (00:05:00)

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Christine Collins: I used to tell Walter, "Never start a fight... But always finish it." I didn't start this fight... But by God, I'm going to finish it.

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Question: Was Mrs. Collins' son ever found?

Answer: No. He was murdered at age nine. The movie uses creative license to bring up the suspicion that he could have somehow survived to create a dramatic hope in the end. Moreover, the killer was very unstable and retracted his testimony more than once. There is no solid proof of the boy surviving the killings. The police even found partial evidence of Walter Collins at the burial site. See the Wikipedia article for more information.


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