Synopsis: Los Angeles, 1928. A single mother returns from work to find her nine-year-old son gone. She calls the LAPD to initiate a search. Five months later, a boy is found in Illinois who fits the description; he says he's her son. To fanfare and photos, the LAPD reunite mother and son, but she insists he's not her boy. The cops dismiss her as either a liar or hysterical. When she joins a minister in his public criticism of the police, they in turn use government power to silence and intimidate her. Meanwhile, a cop goes to a dilapidated ranch to find a Canadian lad who's without legal status; the youth tells a grisly tale. There's redress for murder; is there redress for abuse of power?
Director(s): Clint Eastwood
Production: Universal Pictures
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 47 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
141 min

Walter, honey.

Time to

wake up.

Just 10 more minutes.

Oh, I'm sorry, sport.

You can sleep in tomorrow.

That's what

Saturdays are for.

Up against the wall.

Come, come, come.

All right.

Got it. Got it.

Look, look!

All right, sit down.

Your breakfast

is getting cold.

It's cereal.

It's supposed to be cold.

Sweetheart, we're here.


Here's your books.

Go ahead.

Yes, ma'am. If you hold just a moment,

I'll get a supervisor for you.


she's coming right now.

Just a second,

she'll be with you.

Just one second, please. You deal

with this one. I'm not going near it.

Hello, this is the supervisor.

How can I help you?

I can see you're

on a party line...

Unfortunately, some people do

listen in on party lines. We...

Well, what is he doing?

Oh, my...

Everything all right?

Yes, sir, it's fine. A lady was

having trouble with the connection.

Hey, sport.

- Hey, Mom.

How was school?


- Yeah?

We learned

about dinosaurs.

And I got in a fight

with Billy Mankowski.

What happened?

He hit me.

Did you hit him back?


Rule number one,


Never start a fight,

always finish it.

Why'd he hit you?

Because I hit him.

You hit him first?


He said my dad ran off

because he didn't like me.

Honey, your father

never met you,

so how could he

not like you?

Then why did he leave?

Well, because the day

you were born,

something else

arrived in the mail.

And it was in a box a

little bit bigger than you.

You know what was in it?

Something called


And to some people,

responsibility is the

scariest thing in the world.

So, he ran away because he was

scared of what was in that box?


That's just dumb.

That is exactly

what I thought.

Did I miss Amos 'N Andy?

I'm afraid so, sport.

Come now, time for bed.

Are we still going

to the movies tomorrow?

Uh-huh. I hear there's

a new Charlie Chaplin picture

and a new serial called

The Mysterious Airman.

Who's that?

I don't know.

Nobody does.

That's what makes him

so mysterious.


Am I too heavy

for you to carry?

Oh, no,

not for years.

Not for years.


- This is Margaret.

Hi, Margaret.

So, how are you?


Listen, Jean can't come in today

and now we're a little shorthanded.

When did she call in sick?

About half hour ago.

I'm having a hard time

trying to find someone.

Well, what about Myrna?

I know she could use

the extra hours and...

She's busy.

Can't you come?

No. No, no, no.

I just...

I promised Walter that I'd take

him to the movies, is all, and...

Well, it's just until 4:00.

All right.


Just until 4:

I'll see you then.

There's a sandwich

and milk in the fridge,

and I've asked Mrs. Riley

and her daughter

to stop in

in a couple of hours.

I can take care of myself.

I know you can.

They're checking on the house, not you.

Tomorrow we will

go to the movies.

And then we'll ride Big Red to Santa

Monica and take a walk on the pier.

How does that sound?

Does that sound good?

I'll be home

before it gets dark.

I'm not afraid

of the dark.

I'm not afraid

of anything.

I know.

I know.

Be good.

I love you.

We've got lines jammed

from here to Ohio.

He says he needs to speak

to somebody in charge.

I need your signature here

for a supply requisition.

Number, please.

- Number, please.

Go ahead, please.

All right, get me

the Omaha routing station.

See if we can put our calls

through their switchers.

Let's get this

console running, now.

Christine. Good, I was

hoping to catch you.

Look, I've been following

your work reports,

and I just want to let you

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J. Michael Straczynski

Joseph Michael Straczynski (; born July 17, 1954), known professionally as J. Michael Straczynski and informally as Joe Straczynski, is an American television and film screenwriter, producer and director, and comic book writer. He is the founder of Studio JMS, and is best known as the creator of the science fiction television series Babylon 5 (1993–1998) and its spinoff Crusade (1999), as well as the series Jeremiah (2002–2004), and Sense8 (2015–2018).Straczynski wrote the psychological drama film Changeling (2008) and was co-writer on the martial arts thriller Ninja Assassin (2009), horror film Underworld: Awakening (2012), and apocalyptic horror film World War Z (2013). From 2001 to 2007, Straczynski wrote Marvel Comics' The Amazing Spider-Man, followed by runs on Thor and Fantastic Four. He is also the author of the Superman: Earth One trilogy of graphic novels, and has written Superman, Wonder Woman, and Before Watchmen for DC Comics. Straczynski is the creator and writer of several original comic book series such as Rising Stars, Midnight Nation, Dream Police, and Ten Grand through Joe's Comics. A prolific writer across a variety of media and former journalist, Straczynski is the author of the novels Blood Night (1988), Othersyde (1990), and Tribulations (2000), the short fiction collection Straczynski Unplugged (2004), and the nonfiction book The Complete Book of Scriptwriting (1982). Straczynski is a long-time participant in Usenet and other early computer networks, interacting with fans through various online forums (including GEnie, CompuServe, and America Online) since 1984. He is credited as being the first TV producer to directly engage with fans on the Internet, and allow their viewpoints to influence the look and feel of his show. (See Babylon 5' s use of the Internet.) Two prominent areas where he had a presence were GEnie and the newsgroup more…

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