Gran Torino 2009

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Walt is a Vet who resents his immigrant neighbours. When Thao, a Southeast Asian teen tries to steal his treasured Gran Torino under pressure from his gang member cousin, Walt stops it, making him a hero. Drawn into the life of the family he, makes friends with Thao - which changes both their lives.

Starring:
Clint Eastwood,Christopher Carley
Runtime:
1 hour, 51 minutes

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Gran Torino

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Genres Drama, Action & Adventure
Director Clint Eastwood
Starring Clint Eastwood, Christopher Carley
Supporting actors Bee Vang, Brian Haley, Geraldine Hughes, Dreama Walker, Brian Howe, John Carroll Lynch, William Hill, Ahney Her
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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134 of 148 people found the following review helpful By John Colman on 13 May 2009
Format: DVD
What can I say? If I try to describe this film to someone it sounds terrifically dull - but it's wonderful.
Okay, I'm an old softie: I loved "Bridges of Madison" and "Million Dollar Baby" and this is of the same high quality.
Clint takes the time to develop the characters. Why don't other film-makers bother to do that? The film is great because you actually care about the characters - even the ones who hardly speak. They feel fully fleshed out and have real personalities. At times the performances are so spontaneous that they feel improvised.
It doesn't really matter what this film's name is or what the plot is about. This is a "people" film about real life (not mine thankfully) and just when you start to think it might be turning into Dirty Harry, it turns into something else - something which everything about the Clint Eastwood character has been setting up throughout the film.
Five stars. Thank you Mr. Eastwood.
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186 of 212 people found the following review helpful By L. Power TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Dec. 2008
Format: DVD
Throughout his illustrious acting career, Clint Eastwood has delivered a series of iconic characters, such as The Man with no name, Dirty Harry, Josie Wales, and Will Munny in Unforgiven.

Throughout his illustrious directing career he has delivered outstanding movies such as Unforgiven, Mystic River, and Million Dollar Baby, for which he has won five Academy Awards, for Best Picture, Best Director, and including the Irving Thalberg Life Achievement Award.

The actors who have worked with him have been blessed with Oscar: Gene Hackman for Unforgiven, Tim Robbins and Sean Penn for Mystic River, Morgan Freeman and Hilary Swank for Million Dollar Baby.

In Gran Torino he both directs and acts, and delivers an acting performance that will be remembered long after the final credits roll, in its unique way, as memorable as any other character he has created.

Gran Torino is the second best movie I have seen this year. Not just for the acting, not just for the directing, but for the storytelling, and the emotional journey on which it takes you, the laughter, the feeling of being gripped, and its more surprising moments.

In the opening scenes, we have the exposition of the character. We get to know Walt Kowalski, by how people act around him, and his seemingly hateful attitude towards people. More is conveyed through a scowl, and a snarl than with words. When the mischievous grandchildren go through his stuff in the basement, we see the photographs and the Silver Star he won in Korea. There are three other important symbols in the movie, the lighter, the gun, and the car.

We see a hero with a warrior past, a patriot who fought for a cause greater than himself. Clearly, his bigotry stems from those experiences.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caligula II. on 23 Jan. 2015
Format: Blu-ray
REVIEWED VERSION: 2009 Warner Bros. US Blu-Ray

Director: Clint Eastwood

Cast: Clint Eastwood, Ahney Her, Bee Vang, Christopher Carley, Brian Haley, Geraldine Hughes, Dreama Walker, Brian Howe, John Carroll Lynch, William Hill

Production: US 2008

SYNOPSIS

Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) is a disgruntled, unhappy Korean War veteran. When his wife passes, and his family shows up for the funeral it is very apparent that they can't wait for him to kick the bucket as well and go through his stuff, especially his most prized possession, a 1972 Gran Torino.
His neighbors are a Hmong, whom Walt holds in contempt, partly because they remind him of Korea, and partly because they hold him in contempt.
When young Thao (Bee Vang) from next door attempts to steal his Gran Torino, under peer pressure from his older gang member cousin, Walt makes an attempt to reform the boy. Thao's sister Sue (Ahney Her) introduces him to her family.

THE PROS & CONS

I regard GRAN TORINO as one of the "Eastwood Essentials" - one of the best movies Eastwood directed/starred in. It was criminally ignored by the Academy Awards and not even nominated for a single Oscar, but it was regarded by the American Film Institute as one of the Ten Best Films of 2008. It won the "Best Foreign Film Award" at the César Awards in France in 2010.
With a budget of $33 million it grossed $269,958,228, being the most successful Eastwood movie ever (that might change with AMERICAN SNIPER however).
Just as some of Eastwood's other works, UNFORGIVEN, MILLION DOLLAR BABY and CHANGELING this movie is a melancholic and rather sad movie despite plenty of humor. Eastwood once again incorporates his age - he's old and he plays it brilliantly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 15 Mar. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Screen legend 'Clint Eastwood' both directs and stars in this ''Eastwood'' gem.
The film starts with the funeral of 'Walt Kowaiski's' wife, what is apparent from
the outset is that 'Walt' has little time for either the Church or indeed his own
family....he's a loner.
'Walt' a now retired autoworker and former war-veteran is less than contemt
about how things have panned out for him in retirement.
He is also troubled that the neighbourhood in which he lives has gone down
hill.....big-time.....the streets are patrolled by gangs.
He also has hang-ups about his Asian neighbours, could say he has a low
tolerance level .
'Walt's' pride and joy is a vintage car he keeps in the garage, a 72' Gran Torino.
A local gang taunts 'Thao' next-doors young son into trying to steal the car,
'Walt' gun in hand interrupts the attempt.
More by accident rather than intent 'Walt' finds himself defending his neighbours
from the gangs harassment.
Is it that 'Walt' is beginning to accept the hand of friendship from next door ?
'Clint Eastwood' is in top-form for this role, with all the attitude and dry humour
we've loved down the years.
Unlike many of his contemporaries 'Clint' has never been afraid to portray roles
depicting his age.
The film, sometimes amusing, sometimes sad, sometimes heart-warming with a
few violent sequences.
Good Picture and sound definition.
Terrific film, been a few years since last watching this 'Clint' classic, well worth
re-visiting, of course if by chance you've never seen it....take time out to do so,
you'll not regret it I'm sure.
Special Features :
*Manning the wheel - the meaning of manhood as reflected in 'American' car culture.
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