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Gran Torino

  • Drama
  • 2008
  • Clint Eastwood
  • 111 mins
  • 15

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.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Walt KowalskiClint Eastwood
ThaoBee Vang
SueAhney Her
Father JanovichChristopher Carley
Mitch KowalskiBrian Haley
Karen KowalskiGeraldine Hughes
Steve KowalskiBrian Howe
Ashley KowalskiDreama Walker
Tim KennedyWilliam Hill
Barber MartinJohn Carroll Lynch
VuBrooke Chia Thao
GrandmaChee Thao

Crew

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DirectorClint Eastwood

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros
Released on
2009-02-20
Language
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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