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Gran Torino (2008)

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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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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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Co-stars Clint Eastwood and Christopher Carley share the same birthday (May 31). See more »


While Walt is on the phone with his son, the medical forms show Detroit, and a Michigan ZIP code, but lists the state as California. If you look closely, the California address is Walt's brother, as next of kin. 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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The credits scroll over a highway overlooking the lake shore, with the Warner Logo appearing in black and white. See more »


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Clint Eastwood shows you why he still should be in FRONT of the camera
16 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With his performance Eastwood shows you why people like himself, Jack Nicholson, or Paul Newman only come around once in a lifetime. Though Eastwood would rather focus on directing, he can still carry a movie with his on screen presence, and he's pure dynamite in "Gran Torino". Perhaps the poor box office results of "hollywoody" movies like Absolute Power, True Crime, Space Cowboys, and Blood Work, caused Eastwood to shy away from acting, but given cutting edge material to work with as "Million Dollar Baby" and "Gran Torino", he's as good as ever. His character as the racist and salty war vet makes you think of that old guy we've all had on our blocks with the garbage door open, the million tools hanging everywhere, and always fixing or building something. I found myself not wanting the movie to end because the scenes between himself and the various Hmong characters where priceless. There may be complaints over the racist remarks and scenes, but Eastwood pulls it off in a way a real person like that would talk or act to a point where it ends up being lighthearted. I'm not going to give the plot away, but if you like your Clint Eastwood as a hard-nosed tough guy with foul language alla Dirty Harry or Heartbreak Ridge, you'll love this movie!!

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