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Gran Torino (2008)

R | | Drama | 9 January 2009 (USA)
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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.

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Storyline

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

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Also Known As:

Гран Торино  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$271,720, 14 December 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$148,095,302, 18 June 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$269,958,228, 18 June 2009
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Trivia

The "cool medal" the kids find in Walt's basement is the Silver Star, the U.S. Military's third-highest award for valor in combat. Despite its predominately gold color, it gets its name from the smaller silver star (based on the small silver World War I Citation Star) set inside the large gold star. See more »

Goofs

When Walt goes downstairs during the barbecue, he places his beer on the washing machine. In the next shot, the beer is in his hand. 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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Soundtracks

Gran Torino
Written by Clint Eastwood, Jamie Cullum, Kyle Eastwood, and Michael Stevens
Performed by Jamie Cullum and Don Runner
Jamie Cullum appears courtesy of Terrified Records and Universal Music Operations Limited
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Clint is the best director in Hollywood and still one of the great actors
13 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

seeing the trailer for this film kinda made me expect id be watching Dirty Harry in the suburbs.

What I saw was a bittersweet superbly written, well acted story of humanity and friendship,this film is something that we can all relate to in some way, and isn't Hollywooded up in anyway, the film tells it story without any un needed hidden undertones that so many mainstream directors do to films.

Eastwood is excellent as the hard nosed war vet, and his direction is perfect as always, and supporting cast did there job just fine too

Clint Eastwood was perfect for the role and as director, as he has the knack of taking a story and making a film for the audience to get sucked into the story, and not for critics to pick apart....great film making,


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