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The Changeling (1980)
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The Changeling (1980) John Russell, a composer and music professor, loses his wife and daughter in a tragic accident. Seeking solace, he moves into an old mansion unoccupied for twelve years. But a child-like presence seems to be sharing the house, and trying to share its secrets, with him. Through research into the house's past and a seance held within, Russell discovers the horrific secret of the house's past, a secret that the presence will no longer allow to be kept.

Movie Tagline:
...an experience beyond total fear.

Title: Changeling, The
Release Date: March 28, 1980
Runtime: 107 mins
Genre: Horror
All Genres: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Languages: English
Country: Canada
Colors: Color
Sound: Dolby
IMDB Rating: 7.3
Buried.com Rating: 8.3 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With C

MPAA Rating: R

Peter Medak

George C. Scott ...John Russell
Trish Van Devere ...Claire Norman
Melvyn Douglas ...Senator Joe Carmichael
Jean Marsh ...Joanna Russell
John Colicos ...Captain DeWitt
Barry Morse ...Dr. Pemberton - Parapsychologist
Madeleine Sherwood ...Mrs. Norman (as Madeleine Thornton-Sherwood)
Helen Burns ...Leah Harmon
Frances Hyland ...Mrs.Elizabeth Grey
Ruth Springford ...Minnie Huxley
Eric Christmas ...Albert Harmon
Roberta Maxwell ...Eva Lingstrom
Bernard Behrens ...Prof. Robert Lingstrom
James B. Douglas ...Eugene Carmichael
J. Kenneth Campbell ...Security Guard
Chris Gampel ...Mr. Tuttle (as C. M. Gampel)
Voldi Way ...Joseph Carmichael
Michelle Martin ...Kathy Russell
Janne Mortil ...Linda Grey
Terence Kelly ...Sergeant Durban
Robert Monroe ...Archives Clerk
Hagan Beggs ...Coroner
Anna Hagan ...Secretary
Antonia Rey ...Estancia
Sammy Smith ...Doorman
Paul Rothery ...Tony Grey
Bruce MacLeod ...Security Guard (as Bruce Macleod)
Fred Latremouille ...Airport Guard
David Peevers ...Microfilm Clerk
Sera Johnstone ...Sara Lingstrom

» [more cast members]

Garth H. Drabinsky
Mario Kassar
Joel B. Michaels
Andrew G. Vajna

Russell Hunter
William Gray
Diana Maddox

Rick Wilkins

Movie Soundtrack(s):
"Symphony #1 in C minor, Opus 68"
"Rondo in A minor for Piano, K. 511"

More Movie Taglines:
  • ...an experience beyond total fear.
  • Two people live in this house. One of them has been dead for 70 years.
  • "How did you die, Joseph...? Did you die in this house...? Why do you remain...?"
  • Whatever you do...DON'T GO INTO THE ATTIC.
Movie Quote(s):
  • John Russell: It's my understanding... that there are, uh... twenty-three students registered... for this series of lectures on advanced musical form. Now, we all know it's not raining outside, and unless there's a fire in some other part of the building that we don't know about, there's an awful lot of people here with nothing better to do.
  • Minnie Huxley: That house is not fit to live in. No one's been able to live in it. It doesn't want people.
  • De Witt: I understand you lost your wife and daughter a little while ago. Maybe it shook you up. Maybe too much... *Maybe*, you need help. John Russell: I'd like you to leave now... De Witt: [making his threat a bit more clear] We can see that you get it... do you understand what I'm saying? John Russell: [points to the door] Out! Now! De Witt: [pressing] Listen to me, Russell! You've got something of the Senator's... he wants it back. It's a little gold medal, a family heirloom, he lost it. He thinks *you've* got it.
  • John Russell: [to Senator Carmichael] You're the beneficiary of the worst kind of murder... murder for profit!
  • John Russell: You goddamn son of a bitch. What is it you want? [shouting] John Russell: What do you want from me? I've done everything I can do! [pause] John Russell: There's nothing more to do.
Movie Trivia:
  • Before Peter Medak was given the job, two British directors were considered; Tony Richardson declined due to creative differences.
  • Was the first film to win best picture in the Canadian Film Awards after its name was changed to the Genie Awards.
  • The movie is based on events which supposedly took place at a house in Denver, Colorado, in the 1960s. The Chessman Park neighborhood in the movie is a reference to Cheesman Park in Denver, where the original haunting transpired.
  • French censorship certificate: -13.
  • Finnish certificate # 88322 delivered on 11-6-1980.
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