Gran Torino – 2008

Gran Torino - 2008 - Clint Eastwood Movies

Overview

Disgruntled Korean War vet Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, a young Hmong teenager, who tried to steal Kowalski’s prized possession: his 1972 Gran Torino.

 
 

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Gran Torino - 2008 - Clint Eastwood Movies

Cast (first billed)

  • Clint Eastwood – Walt Kowalski
  • Christopher Carley – Father Janovich
  • Bee Vang – Thao
  • Ahney Her – Sue

Director

  • Clint Eastwood

Plot

Retired auto worker Walt Kowalski fills his days with home repair, beer and monthly trips to the barber. The people he once called his neighbors have all moved or passed away, replaced by Hmong immigrants, from Southeast Asia, he despises. Resentful of virtually everything he sees–Walt is just waiting out the rest of his life. Until the night someone tries to steal his `72 Gran Torino. The Gran Torino brings his shy teenaged neighbor Thao into his life when Hmong gangbangers pressure the boy into trying to steal it. But Walt stands in the way of both the heist and the gang, making him the reluctant hero of the neighborhood–especially to Thao’s mother and older sister, Sue, who insist that Thao work for Walt as a way to make amends. Though he initially wants nothing to do with these people, Walt eventually gives in and puts the boy to work fixing up the neighborhood, setting into motion an unlikely friendship that will change both their lives. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Critical Reception

“A movie at once understated and radical, deceptively unremarkable in presentation and ballsy in its earnestness. Don’t let the star’s overly familiar squint fool you: This is subtle, perceptive stuff.” – Entertainment Weekly – Lisa Schwarzbaum

“Eastwood has always had the gift for comedy in his acting repertoire, but he indulges in it only rarely. His fans might embrace this return to comedy.” – The Hollywood Reporter – Kirk Honeycutt

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