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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chee Thao ...
Choua Kue ...
Trey (as Scott Reeves)
Xia Soua Chang ...


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?


According to Bee Vang, the Hmong actors for this film were isolated from the rest of the cast and crew. According to Vang, efforts by the Hmong actors to correct the portrayal of Hmong traditions were ignored. He has also refuted claims that the Hmong actors were encouraged to improvise. According to Vang, when he tried to improvise, Clint Eastwood told him to "stick to the script." Vang also stated that the cast and crew had attended a baseball game, but the Hmong actors were not invited. It was assumed that the Hmong actors were immigrants and did not know about baseball, but the majority of the Hmong actors were U.S. natives. Bee Vang later participated in a parody of the film, "Thao Does Walt," in which he played an elderly Hmong man to a teenage Caucasian boy, highlighting perceived racial stereotyping in the original scene. See more »


When Walt rescues Sue and Trey from the three thugs, Sue and Walt drive away. If you watch the buildings in the background, they drive by the same school more than once. 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 Momentum (2015) 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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