The production had a powerful effect on all the cast and crew, especially Jolie and her interest in celebrating what any parent would do to take care of his or her child. The actor concludes of a shared experience that bonded her with L’Échange’s cast and crew: “In films that call for really deep acting, you really cry together, you get angry together and you really pull through. Then you have this little journey, and it does bond you as human beings. You bond through your emotions and through your experiences, so I think it does make for fast friendships.”
Eastwood closes with a quote paraphrased from Jimmy Cagney, but it might as well have been said by Christine Collins herself. When pressed by detractors, one thing we can all do is “Plant your feet and tell the truth.”
If Walter Collins is alive today, he is 89 years old.
Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment Present—In Association With Relativity Media—A Malpaso Production of A Clint Eastwood Film: Angelina Jolie in L’Échange, starring John Malkovich, Jeffrey Donovan, Michael Kelly, Colm Feore, Jason Butler Harner, Amy Ryan, Geoff Pierson, Denis O’Hare, Frank Wood. The music for the film is by Clint Eastwood. The visual effects supervisor is Michael Owens; the casting is by Ellen Chenoweth. L’Échange’s costumes are designed by Deborah Hopper; the film is edited by Joel Cox, ACE, and Gary D. Roach. The production designer is James J. Murakami, and the director of photography is Tom Stern, ASC, AFC. L’Échange’s executive producers are Tim Moore and Jim Whitaker. The producers are Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Robert Lorenz. The drama is written by J. Michael Straczynski and directed and produced by Clint Eastwood.