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Gran Torino (2009)



Critic Consensus: Though a minor entry in Eastwood's body of work, Gran Torino is nevertheless a humorous, touching, and intriguing old-school parable.

Movie Info

A racist Korean War veteran living in a crime-ridden Detroit neighborhood is forced to confront his own lingering prejudice when a troubled Hmong teen from his neighborhood attempts to steal his prized Gran Torino. Decades after the Korean War has ended, ageing veteran Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) is still haunted by the horrors he witnessed on the battlefield. The two objects that matter most to Kowalski in life are the classic Gran Torino that represents his happier days working in a Ford assembly plant, and the M-1 rifle that saved his life countless times during combat. When Kowalski's teenage neighbor (Bee Vang) attempts to steal his Gran Torino as part of a gang initiation rite, the old man manages to catch the aspiring thief at the business end of his well-maintained semi-automatic rifle. Later, due to the pride of the Asian group, the boy is forced to return to Kowalski's house and perform an act of penance. Despite the fact that Kowalski wants nothing to do with the young troublemaker, he realizes that the quickest way out of the situation is to simply cooperate. In an effort to set the teen on the right path in life and toughen him up, the reluctant vet sets him up with an old crony who now works in construction. In the process, Kowalski discovers that the only way to lay his many painful memories to rest is to finally face his own blinding prejudice head-on. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: R (for language throughout, and some violence)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Nick Schenk
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 9, 2009
Box Office: $148.1M
Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow - Official Site


Clint Eastwood
as Walt Kowalski
Christopher Carley
as Father Janovich
Brian Haley
as Mitch Kowalski
Geraldine Hughes
as Karen Kowalski
Brian Howe
as Steve Kowalski
Dreama Walker
as Ashley Kowalski
William Hill
as Tim Kennedy
John Carroll Lynch
as Barber Martin
Chee Thao
as Grandma
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Critic Reviews for Gran Torino

All Critics (225) | Top Critics (50)

Though the film feels like a requiem, Kowalski's heart is still defiantly beating.

Full Review… | May 6, 2011
Top Critic

[Its] problems cannot be ignored.

Full Review… | October 21, 2014

This is another Eastwood's deconstruction of his career, and it doesn't give anything else in the movie any room to breathe.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

Covers a lot of ground as it rolls: religion, the toll of war, mortality, what it means to be a man.

Full Review… | September 28, 2011
American Profile

Twenty minutes in, we know Walt is eventually going to give the car to the kid. The only question is how.

Full Review… | August 16, 2011
East Bay Express

This would be a fitting conclusion to a long and illustrious career.

Full Review… | March 14, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Gran Torino

This is just a wonderful wonderful movie. From top to bottom the acting is amazing. Clint Eastwood at his best!

John Manard

Super Reviewer

Eastwood is funny but cartoonish, snarling and scowling all the time, but the problem with this film is that it clearly doesn't know if it is supposed to be taken serious or not - and what makes it all worse is certainly the awful acting from the entire cast and the lame ending.

Carlos Magalhães

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Gran Torino Quotes

Walt Kowalski: Blow your head clean off.
– Submitted by jesse k (35 days ago)
Walt Kowalski: Me, I've got a light.
– Submitted by Brian B (5 months ago)
Walt Kowalski: I want you to turn around, go outside, comeback and don't talk about having no job, no car, no girlfriend, no future, no dick.
– Submitted by James D (21 months ago)
Walt Kowalski: Shut your fucking face!
– Submitted by Matthew D (2 years ago)

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