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Gran Torino

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

Summary

Drama starring Clint Eastwood. Retired car-assembly worker, widower, Korean War veteran and all-round curmudgeon Walt Kowalski is thrown into conflict with his Hmong neighbours after one of the teenage sons tries to steal his prize 1972 Ford Gran Torino as part of a gang initiation rite.

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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
Guidance
Violence, swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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