Gran Torino

Gran Torino

Gran Torino

In his first role since Million Dollar Baby (which he also directed), Clint Eastwood plays a disgruntled Korean War veteran called Walt Kowalski. His adult children are trying to get him to move into a retirement home, but he resists. When Kowalski’s neighbour, a young Hmong teenager, tries to steal his prized car – a 1972 Gran Torino – he goes all Dirty Harry and starts taking the law into his own hands.

2008Rating: R16, contains violence & offensive language117 minsUSA
ActionDrama
Director:
Clint Eastwood ('Changeling', 'Letters from Iwo Jima', 'Flags of Our Fathers', 'Million Dollar Baby', 'Mystic River', 'Unforgiven')
Writer:
Nick SchenkDave Johannson
Cast:
Clint EastwoodCory HardrictJohn Carroll LynchGeraldine HughesBrian HaleyDreama Walker

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Gran Torino / Reviews

Village Voice

Village Voice

Above all, it feels like a summation of everything he (Eastwood) represents as a filmmaker and a movie star, and perhaps also a farewell.

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Variety

Variety

Highlighted by the star's vastly entertaining performance, this funny, broad but ultimately serious-minded drama about an old-timer driven to put things right in his deteriorating neighborhood looks to be a big audience-pleaser.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Mr. Eastwood is also an adept director of his own performances and, perhaps more important, a canny manipulator of his own iconographic presence.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Perhaps the best thing about Schenk's script is that it enticed Eastwood to end his self-imposed acting hiatus and bring his one-of-a-kind aura back to the screen.

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Hollywood Reporter

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.

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Film Threat

Film Threat

Gran Torino is not a masterpiece. It’s a fun character drama that features a knowing but winning final performance by Clint Eastwood and just enough commentary to make it worth discussing.

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