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A racist Korean War veteran living in a crime-ridden Detroit neighborhood is forced to confront his own lingering prejudice when a troubled Hmong teen from his neighborhood attempts to steal his prized Gran Torino. Decades after the Korean War has ended, ageing veteran Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) is still haunted by the horrors he witnessed on the battlefield. The two objects that matter most to Kowalski in life are the classic Gran Torino that represents his happier days working in a Ford assembly plant, and the M-1 rifle that saved his life countless times during combat. When Kowalski's teenage neighbor (Bee Vang) attempts to steal his Gran Torino as part of a gang initiation rite, the old man manages to catch the aspiring thief at the business end of his well-maintained semi-automatic rifle. Later, due to the pride of the Asian group, the boy is forced to return to Kowalski's house and perform an act of penance. Despite the fact that Kowalski wants nothing to do with the young troublemaker, he realizes that the quickest way out of the situation is to simply cooperate. In an effort to set the teen on the right path in life and toughen him up, the reluctant vet sets him up with an old crony who now works in construction. In the process, Kowalski discovers that the only way to lay his many painful memories to rest is to finally face his own blinding prejudice head-on.
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Cast & Crew
|Clint Eastwood||Walt Kowalski|
|Christopher Carley||Father Janovich|
|Brian Haley||Mitch Kowalski|
|Geraldine Hughes||Karen Kowalski|
|Brian Howe||Steve Kowalski|
|Dreama Walker||Ashley Kowalski|
|William Hill||Tim Kennedy|
|John Carroll Lynch||Barber Martin|
|Brooke Chia Thao||Vu|
|Bruce Berman||Executive Producer|
|Kyle Eastwood||Score Composer|
|Deborah Hopper||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Dave Johannson||Original Story|
|Jenette Kahn||Executive Producer|
|James Murakami||Production Designer|
|Adam Richman||Executive Producer|
|Gary D. Roach||Editor|
|Nick Schenk||Original Story,Screenwriter|
|Michael Stevens||Score Composer|
|Tim Moore||Executive Producer|
|John Warnke||Art Director|
1. Inevitable Disappointment [3:49]
2. I Confess [4:50]
3. Men of Their Houses [4:28]
4. Chill With Us [4:54]
5. More About Death [2:48]
6. Attempted Theft [3:23]
7. Get Off My Lawn [4:28]
8. We're Not in Korea [2:52]
9. Crazy Old Man [4:36]
10. That Brother Of Yours [3:55]
11. Unhappy Birthday [3:32]
12. Not at Peace [4:57]
13. Fixer and Toad [5:11]
14. Making Amends [3:08]
15. Home Improvements [4:01]
16. Nice Talking To You [3:15]
17. Helpful Hands [2:57]
18. Manning Thao Up [3:23]
19. Construction Job [5:44]
20. Making Him Look Bad [3:36]
21. Getting Ugly [2:50]
22. Targets [3:18]
23. Pissed-Off Padre [3:01]
24. What Needs to Be Done [4:14]
25. At Peace [3:01]
26. I Finish Things [2:09]
27. I've Got a Light [5:03]
28. Last Rites and Wishes [2:23]
29. End Credits [4:55]
Manning The Wheel
Gran Torino: More Than a Car
English (For the Hearing Impaired)
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I consider myself a bit of a film buff. Not extreme, but enough to get by. I've been a fan of Clint's for a very long time. I'm preferential to his westerns, but the Dirty Harry's were pretty worthwhile too. Even his fairly abysmal forays into comedy were alright. And everything was going along great. To me, Unforgiven was Clint's last great movie, as an actor or not. His directorial work throughout the 90's/00's was spotty at best, with overrated garbage like Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, and Flags of Our Fathers flooding the market. Letter's From Iwo Jima was impressive, but not anywhere near the calibur of a Josey Wales or Unforgiven. This all seems a bit unrelated to my feelings towards Gran Torino, but really, I'm trying to convey that sense of disappointment I've had for almost 20 years. Unforgiven, to me, was a high point of modern cinema. And then, he dropped the ball. It's like, he lost his touch. He tried something new, and failed. Then comes Gran Torino.... First and foremost, I wouldnt show this movie to my mother. The beginning is vulgar, and racially minded. It is harsh, and it is brutal. But it serves a point. It shows a window into the mindset of someone that has not only lost his love, but also never grew out of an era. Never changed with the times. This is Dirty Harry meets Grumpy Old Men, and it never apologizes for it. The relationship between Eastwood's character and the family nextdoor is real...the way in which the perspectives change is honest and organic. The motivations in the film, and the way in which events crash together is unexplained, but we are instead left to interpret some back story, imagine some senses of honor and loyalty, and fill in the holes in the characterization for ourselves. Because, ultimately, we all know a Walt Kowalski. It may be our grandfather, or the old man across the street, or someone that goes to the same dentist as you. Or, hell, it might be you. But this man, this snapshot of a bygone era, is not a character we need an extensive backstory on. It is not someone whose psyche we need to delve in to. He is what he is, and he is a character we know, and know well. And this is where Eastwood shines. The Man With No Name. Josey Wales. Dirty Harry. These characters are icons. Symbols. They need no history, because they are history. Walt Kowalski follows suit. In the end...this was not only one of my personal favorite movies of last year, but also one of the best. It was not a tale of destiny in Mumbai, it was not about everlasting love through the ages, it had no Nazis or former presidents or nuns. It was just about an old man and his intolerance, and his last chance to change. It's a powerful movie, and it's a classic movie, and it's a movie that I think will really resonate throughout the years. If the rumors are true, and this was Eastwood's last film, I can't really think of a finer closing point. Eastwood, playing a crotchety old man who finally understands what it's all about...kind of poetic, isnt it?
All I can do is too sum it up in two words, great movie. Clint Eastwood does an outstanding job in this performance. Great story line and action plus plenty of drama. A must see and own.
Once again, Clint Eastwood delivers a moving and smart film. As the director, he delivers on the unspoken promise to not insult his audiences and it works. As the actor, Eastwood is always interesting to watch. The other actors are good too. Scrennwriter Nick Schenk did a fine job with the screenplay from the compelling story by Dave Johannson and Schenk
Over the years I have watched all the Eastwood films as he has evolved into a more serious actor. In my estimation this movie will become an all time classic. It is not only entertaining it has notable character development. As the story line progresses it demands more and more of your attention even though it is a little bit predictable.
Clint Eastwood was spot on...A memorable performance. Tells you a lot about our society...young and old.
I was pleasantly surprised with Gran Torino! The movie was well paced and very interesting. And who could have predicted the ending????
I enjoyed the movie at the theater so decided to buy it. It was as enjoyable the second time around.
This is a "must see" movie. Although at times it is quite violent, it has such a strong message of how a man who is very racist changes over time to understand that no matter our race or creed, we are all human beings. He goes from hating his neighbors to becoming a friend and mentor to a young man and his girlfriend. I was so impressed with this movie the first time I saw it in a theatre, that I took my dad who is about the same age as Clint Eastwood. He, too, loved it. It is not only a "must see" film, it is a "must have" film for your home library. Clint Eastwood continually amazes me with the range of roles that he can play so convincingly.
Gran Torino is an enlightening story about the realistic racisms that flood the minds of many people in society today. The script refuses to fluff up reality, and it fights ignorance in a distinguishable way. It uses profane, violent scenes and language to depict the unfortunate prejudices and stereotypes developed by a world in constant motion. The emotional script reveals the true depth of the human heart in an upfront, bold way. I would recommend this movie to an older audience that would be able to handle the mature nature of the film. This story has the ability to spark an informative, expressive conversation, yet it forces each individual to look inside himself and reflect upon one's own prejudices.
Few films have been able to translate an aspect that war can have on surviving veterans - that aspect being the embedded hate for 'the enemy' that dominates the world view of those who have had to fight in the battlefields, a hate that too easily translates into generalized racism that persists throughout the life of the veteran. GRAN TORINO takes on this ugly issue and works it with such compelling force that just when the audience feels is cannot tolerate any more racial slurs a transformation takes place, opening a window to understanding and perhaps altering the poison of racism's effects on our American Family. GRAN TORINO as written by Nick Schenk and Dave Johanson and as produced, directed and acted by Clint Eastwood is not a film easy to hear or watch in its early portions. Walt Kowalski (Eastwood) is burying his wife, only to return to his long term home in a neighborhood that has become a sanctuary for Hmong people (an ethnic group from the mountain regions of Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, and Burma who supported US troops and were evacuated to the US after the Vietnam conflict). Kowalski is a prejudiced bigot who loathes the presence of the (unnamable epithets) neighbors. Next door is a family that includes a young loner boy Thao (Bee Vang) and his worldly sister Sue (Ahney Her) - two young people caught up in the Hmong world where the girls go to school and become employed and the boys go to jail. Kowalski reluctantly befriends a gang threatened Thao and the neighborhood rewards him with endless gifts of flowers and food. Gradually an event secures Kowalski's attachment to Thao and Kowalski grows to understand and respect 'the enemy' - people who are genuinely kind and loving despite Kowalski's personality and lonely bitter veteran's life. The transformation of Walt Kowalski as played by Eastwood is genuinely touching and the way in which the movie ends is surprisingly sophisticated. There are moments in this bumpy script that are so trite and repetitive and stereotyped that the film becomes almost unwatchable. But it is to the credit of the cast and Eastwood's direction that eventually the repeated verbal slurs of racial hatred make the resolution of the film even more powerful. There are many lessons to be learned by listening and watching this film, not the least of which is insight into the psyches of war veterans from all wars. Grady Harp
a good film for a saturday night
enjoyed the movie, great plot and story line
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As a Senior, one of the best movies I've seen in years. Just goes to show... don't mess with us senior citizens, especially those that deeply care but just don't don't choose to show it. The plot is truely origonal and the acting is very believable. Clint Eastwood needs to win an oscar for this one!