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9 January 2009 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Clint Eastwood ... Walt Kowalski

Christopher Carley ... Father Janovich

Bee Vang ... Thao

Ahney Her ... Sue

Brian Haley ... Mitch Kowalski

Geraldine Hughes ... Karen Kowalski

Dreama Walker ... Ashley Kowalski

Brian Howe ... Steve Kowalski

John Carroll Lynch ... Barber Martin

William Hill ... Tim Kennedy

Brooke Chia Thao ... Vu
Chee Thao ... Grandma
Choua Kue ... Youa

Scott Eastwood ... Trey (as Scott Reeves)
Xia Soua Chang ... Kor Khue
Sonny Vue ... Smokie

Doua Moua ... Spider
Greg Trzaskoma ... Bartender
John Johns ... Al

Davis Gloff ... Darrell

Thomas D. Mahard ... Mel (as Tom Mahard)

Cory Hardrict ... Duke

Nana Gbewonyo ... Monk

Arthur Cartwright ... Prez
Austin Douglas Smith ... Daniel Kowalski
Conor Liam Callaghan ... David Kowalski

Michael E. Kurowski ... Josh Kowalski (as Michael Kurowski)
Julia Ho ... Dr. Chu
Maykao K. Lytongpao ... Gee
Carlos Guadarrama ... Head Latino
Andrew Tamez-Hull ... Latino Gangbanger

Ramon Camacho ... Latino Gangbanger (as Rámon Camacho)
Antonio Mireles ... Latino Gangbanger
Ia Vue Yang ... Hmong Flower Woman
Zoua Kue ... Hmong Flower Woman

Elvis Thao ... Hmong Gangbanger
Jerry Lee ... Hmong Gangbanger
Lee Mong Vang ... Hmong Gangbanger
Tru Hang ... Hmong Grandfather
Alice Lor ... Hmong Granddaughter
Tong Pao Kue ... Hmong Husband
Douacha Ly ... Hmong Man
Parng D. Yarng ... Hmong Neighbor
Nelly Yang Sao Yia ... Hmong Wife
Marty Bufalini ... Lawyer
My-Ishia Cason-Brown ... Muslim Receptionist

Clint Ward ... Officer
Stephen Kue ... Officer Chang
Rochelle Winter ... Waitress
Claudia Rodgers ... White Woman Neighbor
Vincent Bonasso ... Tailor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sean Baligian ... Old Man on Porch (uncredited)

Darline Bucchare ... Church member (uncredited)
Shelagh Conley ... Extra (uncredited)
Jeffrey Feingold ... Neighbor (uncredited)

William C. Fox ... Family Friend (uncredited)
Vong Lee ... Hmong Neighbor With Baby (uncredited)
Arnold Montey ... Family Friend (uncredited)

Rio Scafone ... Family Friend (uncredited)

Jeffrey Scott Basham ... Man on Street (uncredited)
Tony Stef'Ano ... Man on Street (uncredited)

Carey Torrice ... Blonde (uncredited)
Kevin Walsh ... Extra - Hardware Store exterior (uncredited)

Directed by
Clint Eastwood 
Writing credits
Nick Schenk (screenplay)

Dave Johannson (story) &
Nick Schenk (story)

Produced by
Bruce Berman .... executive producer
Clint Eastwood .... producer
Bill Gerber .... producer
Jenette Kahn .... executive producer
Robert Lorenz .... producer
Tim Moore .... executive producer
Adam Richman .... executive producer
Original Music by
Kyle Eastwood 
Michael Stevens 
Cinematography by
Tom Stern (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Joel Cox 
Gary Roach  (as Gary D. Roach)
Casting by
Ellen Chenoweth 
Production Design by
James J. Murakami 
Phill Zagajewski (supervising production designer)
Art Direction by
Shelagh Conley (additional photography)
John Warnke 
Set Decoration by
Gary Fettis 
Costume Design by
Deborah Hopper 
Makeup Department
Janice Alexander .... hair stylist (as Jan Alexander)
Dawn Baker .... makeup artist
Carol Branston .... hair stylist
Clifton Chippewa .... hair stylist
Lauri Cuppetilli .... assistant makeup artist
Debbie Darakoljian .... makeup artist
Kevin J Edwards .... hair stylist (as Kevin Edwards)
Louise Holoday .... makeup artist
Kimberly Jones .... makeup artist
Kimberley Kirkpatrick .... makeup artist
Jayne Laube .... makeup artist
Tania McComas .... makeup department head
Carol A. O'Connell .... hair department head
Jay Wejebe .... makeup artist
Production Management
Tim Moore .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Dress .... second assistant director (as Pete Dress)
Michael Judd .... second second assistant director
Donald Murphy .... first assistant director
Anand Vyas .... directing trainee
Art Department
Kai Blomberg .... set dresser
Shelagh Conley .... set designer
James Fernandez .... on-set dresser
Steven Ladish .... set dresser
James R. Lord .... propmaker gang boss
Jared A.J. Muscarella .... carpenter
Michael Muscarella .... construction coordinator
Loren Nickloff .... general foreman
Missy Parker .... assistant set decorator
Edward J. Protiva .... leadman
Douglas S. Reilly .... graphic designer: props
Scott Schutzki .... set dresser
Michael Semon .... assistant propmaster
Robert Silcock .... propmaker foreman
Chris M. Young .... art department production assistant
Sound Department
David A. Arnold .... supervising dialogue editor (as David Arnold)
Bub Asman .... co-supervising sound editor
Gail Carroll-Coe .... utility sound/second boom operator
William Cawley .... sound effects editor (as Bill Cawley)
Lucy Coldsnow-Smith .... dialogue editor
Flash Deros .... boom operator
Michael Dressel .... supervising foley editor
Juno J. Ellis .... adr supervisor
Robert Fernandez .... score mixer
Robin Harlan .... foley artist
Jason King .... sound effects editor
Jonathan Klein .... foley editor
Lisa J. Levine .... adr editor
Walt Martin .... sound mixer
Sarah Monat .... foley artist
Ryan Murphy .... sound mix technician
Alan Robert Murray .... supervising sound editor
Kevin Murray .... sound effects editor (as Kevin R.W. Murray)
Rupert Nadeau .... assistant adr editor
Jordan O'Neill .... DTS Sound Mastering Engineer
Andy Potvin .... dolby sound consultant
Jack Rametta .... adr mixer
John T. Reitz .... re-recording mixer (as John Reitz)
Gregg Rudloff .... re-recording mixer
Brian Seagrave .... audio post-conform
Randy Singer .... foley mixer
Beth Sterner .... dialogue editor
Beth Sterner .... sound editor
Shawn Sykora .... foley editor
Katy Wood .... dialogue editor
Special Effects by
Hank Atterbury .... pyrotechnician
Hank Atterbury .... special effects technician
Michael DePietro .... special effects pyrotechnician
Michael DePietro .... special effects technician (as Michael V. De Pietro)
David A. Poole .... pyrotechnician
David A. Poole .... special effects technician
Ryan A. Riley .... special effects technician (as Ryan Riley)
Shari Ann Riley .... special effects assistant
Steve Riley .... special effects supervisor (as Steven Riley)
Dominic V. Ruiz .... special effects foreman
Dominic V. Ruiz .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Austen Armus .... production services supervisor
Bron Barry .... visual effects coordinator
John Campuzano .... visual effects coordinator
Andrea Caretta .... digital artist
Greg Cheng .... digital artist
Chad E. Collier .... render i/o administrator: Digital Domain
Janice Barlow Collier .... dustbuster: Digital Domain
Michael Degtjarewsky .... lead compositor
Yoshi DeHerrera .... visual effects artist: 3D scanning & modeling
Gregory Duncan .... dustbuster: Digital Domain
Joe Farrell .... senior digital compositor
Mark Freund .... visual effects supervisor: Pacific Title
Navjit Singh Gill .... technical assistant
Brian Hanable .... digital effects compositor: Pacific Title
Korre Heggem .... render i/o administrator: Digital Domain
Brian Holligan .... digital coordinator: Digital Domain
Julian Levi .... visual effects producer
Darin McCormick-Millett .... visual effects producer (as Darin Millett)
Kyle Mulqueen .... digital artist: scan data cleanup
Erin L. Nelson .... digital restoration
Lee Nelson .... 3D artist
James P. Noon .... tracking
Darren Poe .... digital effects supervisor
Kelly Port .... visual effects supervisor
Francisco Ramirez .... assistant visual effects editor: Digital Domain
Prateep Siamwalla .... tracking
Jessica Stebbins .... compositor (as Jessica Noll)
Wilson Tang .... digital restoration
Justin van der Lek .... 3D integration: Digital Domain
Bob Wiatr .... digital compositor: Pacific Title
Xye .... tracking
Todd Boyce .... digital artist (uncredited)
Lisa de la Garza .... visual effects senior staff: Digital Domain (uncredited)
Amanda Hampton .... software engineer (uncredited)
Ian A. Harris .... digital artist: Digital Domain (uncredited)
Miles Lauridsen .... visual effects artist: Pacific Title and Arts Studio (uncredited)
Michael Owens .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Michelle Winze .... digital producer (uncredited)
Buddy Van Horn .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Greg Brooks .... dolly grip
Buzzy Burwell .... lighting technician
Stephen S. Campanelli .... camera operator
Stephen S. Campanelli .... steadicam operator
Trevor Carroll-Coe .... film loader
Jesse Cecchini .... additional set lighting technician
Bill Coe .... camera: "a" camera
Bill Coe .... first assistant camera
Michael J. Conner .... additional lamp operator
Ross Dunkerley .... gaffer
Bill Hong .... camera car operator
John Lacy .... assistant chief lighting technician
William MacLeod .... grip (as Bill MacLeod)
Bobby McMahan .... second assistant camera
Brian Minzlaff .... set lighting
Tim O'Dea .... electrician
Liz Radley .... camera operator: high definition camera
Tony Rivetti Jr. .... still photographer
Charles Saldana .... key grip
T. Daniel Scaringi .... key rigging grip
Dean M. Simmon .... first assistant camera: "b"camera
Scott Zuckerberg .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Cedric N. Lee .... extras casting
Geoffrey Miclat .... casting associate
Kathy Mooney .... casting: Michigan
Janet Pound .... casting director: Michigan
Janet Pound .... extras casting
Molly Pound .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Melanie August .... costume staff assistant
Diana Demoff .... costumer (as Diana Edgmon)
Cheryl Scarano .... costume supervisor
Samantha Schwartz .... wardrobe (as Samantha Cornett)
Editorial Department
Jill Bogdanowicz .... digital film colorist
Tony Dustin .... digital film colorist
Blu Murray .... first assistant editor
Hailey Murray .... post-production assistant
Bob Peishel .... digital intermediate producer
Mark Sahagun .... digital intermediate editor
Kurt Smith .... film color timer
Jeff Pantaleo .... dailies colorist (uncredited)
Location Management
Tarrance Alfred .... assistant location manager
Joe Elrom .... location assistant
Alex Fields .... assistant location manager
Eddie Merino .... key assistant location manager
Patrick Mignano .... location manager
Gui Sauder Pinto .... location assistant
Cathy Thomas .... location scout
Music Department
Wade Culbreath .... musician: timpani
Robert Fernandez .... score mixer (as Bobby Fernandez)
Daniel J. Johnson .... music editor
Jenny Leite .... assistant music editor
David Low .... orchestra contractor
Renzo Mantovani .... composer: additional music
Chris McGeary .... music editor
Lennie Niehaus .... conductor
Lennie Niehaus .... orchestrator
Kevin Bassinson .... music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Nicholas Acquaviva .... picture car wrangler
Tony Barattini .... driver: production van
Mike Bilkovic .... transportation
Michael Bjerke .... driver
Demond Dickerson .... transportation
Sue Grasso .... driver
Ryan Herem .... picture vehicle supervisor
David B. Jackson .... unit driver
Ken Kupchick .... transportation
Reno S. Mifsud .... driver
Billy Neckrock .... driver
Kirk Roberts .... driver: Clint Eastwood
Domiciano Rodriquez .... transportation co-captain
Alana Stelling .... transportation captain
Larry Stelling .... transportation coordinator
John 'Detroit' White .... transportation
David Schmidt .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Susan Bliss .... post script services
Bentley Gurparm Brar .... independent auditor
Jennifer Burdick-Baklarov .... additional production assistant
Sue Chipperton .... animal wrangler
Tony X. Deale .... production associate
David Fencl .... key armorer
Dyane Garvey .... cultural advisor: Hmong
Carrie Gillogly .... assistant: Mr. Gerber
Jason Gondek .... production accountant
Matthew Goodwin .... additional set production assistant
Holly Hagy .... production coordinator
Cindy M. Ichikawa .... assistant production coordinator (as Cindy Ichikawa)
Cedric N. Lee .... cultural consultant
Mark D. Lee .... staff assistant
Deana Lou .... assistant: Mr. Eastwood
John Malakoff .... production travel consultant
Jessica Meier .... assistant: Mr. Lorenz
Matt Miller .... key set staff assistant
Tizzie Onderko .... stand-in
Jason Roby .... additional set production assistant
Michael Roccuzzo .... post-production accountant
Dimitrios Rongakis .... production assistant
Karen Shaw .... production coordinator
Mindy Silberman .... production secretary
Peter Skorupskas .... production assistant
Greg Teasdale .... production assistant
Joel Tokarsky .... first assistant accountant
Landon Trawny .... second assistant accountant
Renee Trawny .... accounting clerk
Stephanie Tull .... set staff assistant
Karen Turner .... payroll accountant
Stephanie Whallon .... travel accountant
Gowhnou Yang .... stand-in
Cristina Chereneta .... product placement liaison (uncredited)
Trina Naz .... production assistant (uncredited)
Cary Scaringi .... staff assistant (uncredited)
Phill Zagajewski .... the producers wish to thank: artistic contribution

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Rated R for language throughout, and some violence
116 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Clint Eastwood encouraged the Hmong actors to ad-lib in Hmong.See more »
Continuity: When Walt is hosting a barbecue, the steaks change from being rare to well done instantly between shots.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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Movie Connections:
References Falling Down (1993)See more »
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21 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Sour Humour and Pure Badassery, 27 January 2009
Author: Simon_Says_Movies from Toronto, ON, Canada

If movies like Indiana Jones, Iron Man and The Dark Knight were the thoroughbred hits of 2008, then Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino is the dark horse. This rousing crowd-pleaser is sure to surprise many, through its copious sour humour and pure badassery, while managing to still be an affecting and sombre dramatic entry in Eastwood's long-enduring and wildly successful career in front of and behind the camera.

You know that a movie has something going for it when it can a) pack in so many one-liners you can't bring yourself to remember them after the show from oversaturation of the brain, b) be unboundedly racist yet still never seen exploitative or condescending and c) make a pure, grit- and-nails, grimacing anti-hero, one man army out of a seventy-eight year old man. What is likely to surprise the most number of viewers is how funny this movie really is. Eastwood's direction and line delivery as a diamond-hard antisocial veteran is bang-on, but never makes the film into a farce or embarrassment. This is due in part to the handling of the more touching dramatic moments which anchors the film in reality and reminds us of what is at play, so to speak.

Following the death of his wife, Walt Kowalski (Eastwood) has nothing left but his dog to truly be with. His two sons and their families drift in and out, but Walt's less then cheerful demeanour and their impartiality keeps them in different worlds and in different times. Walt is peppered by visits from Father Janovich (Christopher Carley) of the local church at the request of his late wife to 'keep an eye on him', but has little place for religion on his heavy conscience; about as much time as he has for his new Hmong neighbours that move in next door. That is until the family's youngest son Thao (Bee Vang) begins to be harassed by a local gang who persuade him to steal Walt's prized Gran Torino as initiation. Saving Thao in an ensuing altercation, Walt sweeps the fatherless teen away from the pressures of the criminal life and puts him to work at the request of his mother. Thao and his sister Sue (Ahney Her) befriend Walt in a way, and for a reason none can truly explain.

All of the Hmong actors in Gran Torino are pure novices who have never acted before and this is readily apparent. While a weak link, the film as a whole is so satisfying it is really a moot point as it serves as no thorough determent. The arc of Walt is simple and easy to predict, but then anything but would not work. Many scenes with the cultural clashes are funny and touching as with an unspoken dynamic with the elderly grandmother of the Lor family next door. A number of exchanges between the few remaining people in Walt's life who he still respects such as his barber and a construction worker who gets Thao a job, are nothing short of comic genius and piece the Walt character into a true three- dimensional individual.

With a great song by Jamie Cullum to conclude the film (which stands as a horrendous Oscar snub, equalled only by the additional snub of the Bruce Springsteen Song from The Wrestler), Gran Torino is a pure gem; a film that both draws unexpected laughs, soft smiles and tears from an audience that is happy to oblige, as well as salute a screen legend in another iconic role that proves even at an old age a dark horse can still kick you in the face.

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