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Gran Torino

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Gran Torino

Clint Eastwood (2008)

111min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Clint Eastwood directs and stars in this powerful drama about a war veteran and retired auto worker who finds his old Detroit neighbourhood overrun by immigrants and rival gangs. Fiercely protecting his home and beloved classic car, the Gran Torino of the title, Walt Kowalski (Eastwood) gradually befriends the neighbouring refugees from South East Asia, coming to their aid when the teenage son (Bee Vang) is targeted by hoodlums. Eastwood is on top form as the foul-mouthed curmudgeon out of time and place, in a role that harks back to some of his most iconic characters: the Man with No Name, "Dirty" Harry Callahan and, especially, Unforgiven's William Munny. Significantly, though, there is less emphasis here on action than Eastwood fans might expect. And despite its good intentions, the film does occasionally falter in the way it deals with the impact and aftershocks of violence, and in reconciling the underlying messages about racial tolerance and redemption.

Summary

Misanthropic Korean War veteran Walt leads an isolated existence, and has a tense relationship with his family and nothing but contempt for his neighbours. When a teenager attempts to steal his prized car, he ends up trying to reform the thief, making a connection with the boy's relatives and defending them from a street gang. Drama, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. With Christopher Carley and Bee Vang.

Cast & Crew

Walt Kowalski Clint Eastwood
Thao Bee Vang
Sue Ahney Her
Father Janovich Christopher Carley
Mitch Kowalski Brian Haley
Karen Kowalski Geraldine Hughes
Steve Kowalski Brian Howe
Ashley Kowalski Dreama Walker
Tim Kennedy William Hill
Barber Martin John Carroll Lynch
Vu Brooke Chia Thao
Grandma Chee Thao
Director Clint Eastwood
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Other Information

Language: English / Hmong Colour Theatrical distributor: Warner Bros Guidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 20 Feb 2009

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