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Gran Torino -- Clint Eastwood directs and stars as disgruntled veteran who sets out to reform his neighbor, a young teenager, who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: his 1972 Gran Torino.
Gran Torino -- A music video for the song "Gran Torino" by Jamie Cullum, from the Gran Torino motion picture soundtrack.
Gran Torino -- Here is a clip from Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino.
Gran Torino -- Behind the scenes: "Get off my lawn"
Gran Torino -- Interview: Clint Eastwood "On the character of Walt and his journey"


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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. 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)
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
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 .... sound re-recording mixer (as John Reitz)
Gregg Rudloff .... sound 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
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
Samantha Cornett .... wardrobe
Diana Demoff .... costumer (as Diana Edgmon)
Cheryl Scarano .... costume supervisor
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)
Music Department
Kevin Bassinson .... music editor: uncredited
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
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
Tarrance Alfred .... assistant location manager
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
Joe Elrom .... location assistant
David Fencl .... key armorer
Alex Fields .... assistant location manager
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 Ichikawa .... assistant production coordinator
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
Eddie Merino .... key assistant location manager
Patrick Mignano .... location manager
Matt Miller .... key set staff assistant
Tizzie Onderko .... stand-in
Gui Sauder Pinto .... location assistant
Jason Roby .... additional set production assistant
Michael Roccuzzo .... post-production accountant
Dimitrios Rongakis .... production assistant
Cary Scaringi .... staff assistant
Karen Shaw .... production coordinator
Mindy Silberman .... production secretary
Peter Skorupskas .... production assistant
Greg Teasdale .... production assistant
Cathy Thomas .... location scout
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)
Phill Zagajewski .... the producers wish to thank: artistic contribution

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

The film could had been the 6th "Dirty Harry" film. If so, the film would had taken place 20 years after "The Dead Pool" and would had seen Detective Harry Callahan, now retired from the San Francisco police department and is now living in a Michigan neighborhood, whom is forced to reload his .44. magnum handgun and takes on a street gang that harasses the family living next-door to him.See more »
Continuity: Walt has Thao paint the neighbors house. The painted house is clearly visible at one stage. Near the end of the movie, when Walt is mowing his lawn, the new layer of paint disappears.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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604 out of 734 people found the following review useful.
Yet another Eastwood gem, 15 December 2008
Author: ametaphysicalshark from

I feel like I should let everyone reading this know of my inherent bias in favor of this film. I have seen twenty eight films from Clint Eastwood as director and have liked the vast majority of them, and loved a good number of them (my average rating for the 28 films is 7.9). Still, something felt off about "Gran Torino" based on the trailer. I read it as Eastwood trying to be 'badass' again, trying to be Dirty Harry again. "Gran Torino" is not that. Walt Kowalski may have similarities with Dirty Harry, and could possibly be read as a significantly older version of Harry (it's a stretch), but he is a distinctive, memorable character on his own, and I'd go as far as saying that it's one of Eastwood's finest performances, and one which gives him a chance to show off his dramatic and comedic chops.

I'm not going to argue that "Gran Torino" has perfect acting from the younger supporting cast. It doesn't. In fact, some of them are downright bad at times, but the film works in spite of its flaws. This screenplay was probably written with Eastwood in mind (I am not sure of the behind-the-scenes details on this) and it shows. He captures Kowalski perfectly. The film is surprisingly humorous, something that isn't being captured well enough in advertising. It's absolutely hilarious at times (watch as Kowalski attempts to make a man out of Thao by teaching him how to talk like men do), and Eastwood handles the shifts in tone brilliantly. When the film takes a dark turn towards the end I sat on the edge of my seat in suspense, fully aware of where it was heading but still mesmerized by Eastwood's tour-de-force direction. This is an artist at his prime as an actor and as a director.

Whether or not "Gran Torino" will hold up as one of Eastwood's great films remains to be seen, and the film feels like it would be good for multiple viewings. The characterization is strong and not simplistic at all, you could argue that Kowalski is just another grouchy war vet, but Eastwood's beautiful, nuanced performance as well as some neat little touches in the screenplay (particularly towards the end) which I won't discuss in detail to avoid spoiling anything (and it's really fun to watch this movie unfold, Eastwood keeps the film moving at a wonderfully involving pace) would prove you wrong. The film works on yet another level as a deconstruction of Eastwood's image. I don't mean that as a negative, it just adds to the film's strength as a character study.

It's a more intimate film than Eastwood's other film this year, "Changeling", and also on a smaller scale than many of his other films, but it's just as ambitious in many ways. This is not a politically correct film about a grouchy old racist suddenly turning into the most tolerant person around, it is a film about a man who, near the end of his life, is forced to confront his demons, and on the sunnier side about a man who finds true friendship where he least expected it. By the end of "Gran Torino" I had forgiven any flaws it might have, and was completely satisfied with the film, which far exceeded my expectations. I have a feeling that "Gran Torino", which has already been met with strongly positive reviews (but is still being described as a 'minor' Eastwood film by some), will eventually become an especially important part of Eastwood's filmography.

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