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Gran Torino (2008)

 -  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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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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gang | hmong | gran torino | teenager | veteran | See more »

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

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Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£332,877 (UK) (20 February 2009)

Gross:

$148,085,755 (USA) (12 June 2009)
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One of the first films to take advantage of a new Michigan law providing tax incentives to film productions. See more »

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During Walt's second phone conversation about his medical records, a boom mike appears in Walt's son's house, above the kitchen table. See more »

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[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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Gran Torino
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Written by Clint Eastwood, Jamie Cullum, Kyle Eastwood, and Michael Stevens
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Great Clint Eastwood, and that's about it.
19 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The 4 stars are solely for Eastwood's performance, which was top notch as usual. He is like a fine wine, he only gets better.... As for the rest of the movie, a couple of other reviewers have nailed it, but the multitude of people that gave it anywhere from 9 to 10 stars saw a different movie from me. The rest of the acting in the movie is honestly the worst I can remember seeing in a movie. There are times when there is maybe one actor in a movie who is not very polished, but in this movie, there are actor after actor, scene after scene, where aside, from Clint, I thought I was watching a middle school production. And it wasn't ONLY the acting. The dialogue for a large part of the movie was also very forced, unrealistic, and staged. Not great writing here folks. There are a few rewarding moments, and again, Clint's acting and character are superb, but that is not enough to recommend this amateurish, predictable, and pretty unrealistic movie.


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