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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)

Jeff Moffitt ... Man on Street (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
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 Edgmon .... costumer
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
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

This film was once falsely rumored to be a final installment in the Dirty Harry (1971) series.See more »
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: Walt says he used the M1 Garand rifle in Korea. U.S. Military personnel are usually not allowed to keep their service weapons. However, some rifles, identified by serial number, were available for purchase through the Civilian Marksmanship Program after they were deemed obsolete or unfit for service. Enlisted and commissioned personnel also frequently "liberated" their weapons.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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460 out of 631 people found the following review useful.
Another top-notch, Clint Eastwood film that entertains and teaches., 13 December 2008
Author: Len9876 from United States

Manohla Dargis writes in the New York Times: "Dirty Harry is back, in a way, in "Gran Torino," not as a character but as a ghostly presence. He hovers in the film, in its themes and high-caliber imagery, and of course most obviously in Mr. Eastwood's face. It is a monumental face now, so puckered and pleated that it no longer looks merely weathered, as it has for decades, but seems closer to petrified wood. Words like flinty and steely come to mind, adjectives that Mr. Eastwood ... expressively embodies with his usual lack of fuss and a number of growls." More praise for Eastwood comes from Joe Morgenstern in the Wall Street Journal, who comments: "No one makes movies like Gran Torino any more, and more's the pity. This one, with Clint Eastwood as director and star, is concerned with honor and atonement, with rough justice and the family of man. It raises irascibility to the level of folk art, takes unapologetic time-outs for unfashionable moral debates, revives acting conventions that haven't been in fashion for half a century and keeps you watching every frame as Mr. Eastwood snarls, glowers, mutters, growls and grins his way through the performance of a lifetime." Elizabeth Weitzman in the New York Daily News remarks that "it's clearly a career-capping work." Kenneth Turan in The Los Angeles Times writes that the movie "is impossible to imagine without the actor in the title role. The notion of a 78-year-old action hero may sound like a contradiction in terms, but Eastwood brings it off, even if his toughness is as much verbal as physical. Even at 78, Eastwood can make 'Get off my lawn' sound as menacing as 'Make my day,' and when he says 'I blow a hole in your face and sleep like a baby,' he sounds as if he means it."

There are at least four reason why I like this film: 1. Clint Eastwood shows that the character he is playing is willing to serve in a war-- and die if necessary--to preserve freedom (and he has a medal to prove it), 2. he has grown old and the whole world has changed (and everyone around him seems to indicate--in one way or another--that he is no appreciated or needed), 3. even with a transformation, he demonstrates that people tend to be reactive--rather than responsive--and are slow to change (this is particularly true with bias, discrimination, and prejudice), and 4. that tolerance can lead to understanding (he tries to give tough love, but he becomes softer in his response--instead of his reaction--after giving and receiving genuine love). It seems that everyone around him wants his Gran Torino and everything else he owns, before he even has died, instead of being interested in him. He lives in a community that is transformation, and he knows absolutely nothing about culture, diversity, ethnicity, race, or sexual orientation. He does know about aging, however (if nowhere else, he learns about it from people's adverse and negative reactions, everywhere around him). He isn't exactly treated with dignity and respect, so why should he treat anyone else with dignity and respect? And, trust must be earned.

If this is Clint Eastwood's last film, I can only say that that his performance, in this stunning film, is what legends are made of. There are some wonderful performances in "Milk" (Sean Penn), "Australia" (Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman), "Changeling" (Angelina Jolie and director Clint Eastwood), and "The Dark Knight" (a riveting performance by "Brokeback Mountain's" Heath Ledger). In viewing all of these films, there are performances that are not only superb, but they evoke every one of the emotions and carry the intellect and intelligence of human cognitions to the highest pinnacle of excellence. As a gay person, I must say that I am moved by Sean Penn's portrayal of Harvey Milk, I am moved by the romantic chemistry between Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman, and I would be remiss if I did not mention Angelina Jolie's flawless and moving performance. But, I give the top honor to Clint Eastwood for giving us films that educate and entertain. And, "Gran Torino" (2008) is no exception. One cannot walk away from a Clint Eastwood film, without saying that they haven't learned something, or without saying (just like the legendary Ethel Merman used to sing) 'there's no business (quite) like show business'. I rank "Gran Torino" (2008) a 10 out of 10. Clint Eastwood's performance is more than another version of 'Dirty Harry'. In fact, his portrayal is reminiscent of the Paul Newman character in "Nobody's Perfect".

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