• Gran Torino (2008)

Gran Torino

Release Date: December 12th, 2008

DVD Release Date: June 9th, 2009

R |1 hr 57 min

Plot Summary

Retired auto worker and Korean War vet Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) fills emptiness in his life with beer and home repair, despising the many Asian, Latino and black families in his neighborhood. Walt becomes a reluctant hero when he stands up to the gangbangers who tried to force an Asian teen to steal Walt's treasured car. An unlikely friendship develops between Walt and the teen, as he learns he has more in common with his neighbors than he thought.

Cast: Clint Eastwood, Christopher Carley, Bee Vang, Ahney Her, Brian Haley, Geraldine Hughes, Dreama Walker, Brian Howe

Director: Clint Eastwood

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Malpaso Company

Distributors: Warner Bros.

Keywords: Friendship, 2000s, Sacrifice, Son, Family, Dark, Death, Emotional, Gripping, Transformation

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Stars Eastwood as an American icon once again -- this time as a cantankerous, racist, beer-chugging retired Detroit autoworker who keeps his shotgun ready to lock and load. Dirty Harry on a pension, we're thinking, until we realize that only the autoworker retired; Dirty Harry is still on the job. show more

  • 60
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 88
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    A lifetime in movies runs through this prime vintage Eastwood performance. You can't take your eyes off him. The no-frills, no-bull Gran Torino made my day. show more

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Awards

Nominated Best Original Song - Motion Picture