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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?


Clint Eastwood's character's name, Walt Kowalski, is the real name of legendary wrestler, 'Walter "Killer' Kowalski'. See more »


The gang members use automatic weapons to spray fire at Sue's home. No crimes in the US have been committed in the US with fully automatic weapons since before 1950 with the exception of a murder spree by a former LA police officer who was using his issued weapon. 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 »


Referenced in CCTV (2011) See more »


Maybe So
Written by Renzo Mantovani
Performed by Renzo Mantovani and Doug Webb
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User Reviews

Amazing Film...Eastwood deserves an Oscar!!!
10 December 2008 | by (LA) – See all my reviews

I saw the film and it was unbelievable. Clint Eastwood will have you laughing so hard you almost pee yourself while at the same time breaking your heart and making you want to cry. The movie takes you on a roller-coaster ride and the entire theater stood up in applause afterward. I highly recommend this film and if Eastwood doesn't get nominated for an Oscar something is truly wrong!!! The screening I saw was held at the Writer's Guild, so the room was filled with SAG, WGA, DGA, and other industry related people who I would wage know their movies. At points the entire room was laughing so loud I couldn't hear, and then minutes later all you could hear were the sniffles from people crying. The film has drama, comedy, and action and Clint Eastwood really creates a character that you care about and cheer for...again!

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