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GRAN TORINO (2008) Graphic Review 

  • By John Robert
  • 09 Jan, 2009

SYNOPSIS: Clint Eastwood stars in "Gran Torino," marking his first film role since his Oscar®-winning "Million Dollar Baby." Eastwood plays retired auto worker Walt Kowalski, an iron-willed veteran living in a changing world, who is forced by his immigrant neighbors to confront his own long-held prejudices. 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 and everyone he sees, Walt is just waiting out the rest of his life...until the night his teenage neighbor Thao tries to steal his prized '72 Gran Torino, under pressure from Hmong gang-bangers. 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, setting into motion an unlikely friendship that will change both their lives.

Release date: December 12, 2008
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Clint Eastwood
MPAA Rating: R (for language throughout, and some violence)
Screenwriter: Nick Schenk
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Bee Vang, Ahney Her, Christopher Carley, John Carroll Lynch
Genre: Drama

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