Disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, Thao Lor, a Hmong teenager who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: a 1972 Gran Torino.

Director:

Clint Eastwood

Writers:

Nick Schenk (screenplay), Dave Johannson (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Choua Kue ... Youa
Scott Eastwood ... Trey (as Scott Reeves)
Xia Soua Chang ... Kor Khue
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Storyline

Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) 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 Lor (Bee Vang), 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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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Many Clint Eastwood fans see parallels between this movie and Eastwood's Unforgiven (1992). Both movies open with his wife having died, and he plays an old-fashioned character having trouble adapting to a rapidly modernizing world. Where Unforgiven (1992) is widely regarded as Eastwood's goodbye to his many western roles, such as his "Man with No Name" persona from the A Fist Full of Dollars trilogy, this movie is considered by many to be Eastwood saying farewell to the trademark no-nonsense lawman character that he played in many movies like The Gauntlet (1977) and the Dirty Harry (1971) film franchise. See more »

Goofs

At the medical office, the physician introduces herself as Dr. Chu. In the credits, she is Dr. Chang. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

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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Appreciation
Written and Performed by L.P., Buddah, Cuzz, and L.B.
Courtesy of Kingpen Records
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Amazing Film...Eastwood deserves an Oscar!!!
10 December 2008 | by bill2594See all my reviews

I saw the film and it was unbelievable. Clint Eastwood will have you laughing so hard you almost pee yourself while at the same time breaking your heart and making you want to cry. The movie takes you on a roller-coaster ride and the entire theater stood up in applause afterward. I highly recommend this film and if Eastwood doesn't get nominated for an Oscar something is truly wrong!!! The screening I saw was held at the Writer's Guild, so the room was filled with SAG, WGA, DGA, and other industry related people who I would wage know their movies. At points the entire room was laughing so loud I couldn't hear, and then minutes later all you could hear were the sniffles from people crying. The film has drama, comedy, and action and Clint Eastwood really creates a character that you care about and cheer for...again!


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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English | Hmong

Release Date:

9 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gran Torino See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$271,720, 14 December 2008

Gross USA:

$148,095,302

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$269,958,228
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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