"I think you have to be schizoid three different ways to be an actor. You've got to be three different people. You have to be a human being. Then you have to be the character you're playing. And on top of that you've got to be the guy sitting out there in Row 10, watching yourself and judging yourself. That's why most of us are crazy to start with, or go nuts once we get into it. I mean, don't you think it's a pretty spooky way to earn a living?" ~George C. Scott on acting
John Russell (George C. Scott), 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.
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"How did you die, Joseph...? Did you die in this house...? Why do you remain...?"
Whatever you do...DON'T GO INTO THE ATTIC.
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.
Before Peter Medak was given the job, two British directors were considered; one of the original choices, Tony Richardson, declined due to creative differences.
The Changeling was the first film to win Best Picture in the Canadian Film Awards after its name was changed to "Genie" Awards.
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.
A subtle and great classic of horror, everyone should see this!