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Gran Torino (2008)

R  |   |  Drama  |  9 January 2009 (USA)
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Disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, a Hmong teenager who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: a 1972 Gran Torino.



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Choua Kue ...
Trey (as Scott Reeves)
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Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Kowalski is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy old man who can't get along with either his kids or his neighbors. He is a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 1972 Gran Torino he keeps in mint condition. When his neighbor Thao, a young Hmong teenager under pressure from his gang member cousin, tries to steal his Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will into the life of Thao's family, Kowalski is soon taking steps to protect them from the gangs that infest their neighborhood. Written by alfiehitchie

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 January 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Гран Торино  »

Box Office


$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$271,720 (USA) (12 December 2008)


$148,085,755 (USA) (12 June 2009)

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Did You Know?


Gran Torinos were built in Lorain, OH, about two hours from Detroit. Walt's truck could have been built in Wayne, Michigan, 20 miles from Highland Park. See more »


When the Hmong ladies feed Walt in Sue's kitchen, Sue's mother Vu puts a large spoon into a bowl of salad, then moves to transfer the contents to Walt's plate, even though most of the salad fell out of the spoon back into the bowl. Either the actress either didn't notice, or she decided to keep going with the scene. See more »


[first lines]
Al: God, I am sorry for Dorothy, Walt. She was a real peach.
Walt Kowalski: Thanks for coming, Al.
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Crazy Credits

The credits scroll over a highway overlooking the lake shore, with the Warner Logo appearing in black and white. See more »


References The Three Stooges Show (1960) See more »


Written and Performed by L.P., Buddah, Cuzz, and L.B.
Courtesy of Kingpen Records
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User Reviews

A great feel-good movie with both comedy and tragedy at the same time
13 December 2008 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

This movie made me laugh and cry at the same time. It deals with both grimy old bastards as well as with more serious matters as racism. Good acting from Clind as well as all his supporting actors and once again Clint has shown that he is capable of making movies that involves both emotions and stereotypes! The "olidish" bitterness of Clint's character and the mix between comedy and drama is just genius. The only criticism of the movie would be that the gang-bangers were pretty and does not correspond very well to all of the reports of gang violence all around the world. But overall I thought this was a great movie with lots of potential for being one of those films that you will actually remember when you visit the video rental store in five years from now.

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