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Gran Torino 2009

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Drama directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. When he catches Asian teenager Thao Vang Lor (Bee Vang) trying to steal his prized 1972 Gran Torino car, curmudgeonly Korean War veteran and racist Walt Kowalski (Eastwood) makes it his personal mission to bring him into line - an act that causes waves throughout the gang-dominated neighbourhood.

Starring:
Bee Vang, Brian Howe
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 56 minutes
Starring Bee Vang, Brian Howe, Brian Haley, John Carroll Lynch, Christopher Carley, Geraldine Hughes, William Hill, Clint Eastwood, Ahney Her, Dreama Walker
Director Clint Eastwood
Genres Drama
Studio WARNER HOME VIDEO
Rental release 29 June 2009
Main languages English
Dubbing Italian
Subtitles Dutch, Icelandic, Italian, Hebrew
Hearing impaired subtitles English, Italian
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 56 minutes
Starring Bee Vang, Brian Howe, Brian Haley, John Carroll Lynch, Christopher Carley, Geraldine Hughes, William Hill, Clint Eastwood, Ahney Her, Dreama Walker
Director Clint Eastwood
Genres Drama
Studio WARNER HOME VIDEO
Rental release 29 June 2009
Main languages English
Dubbing German, Spanish, Italian, French
Subtitles Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, German, Spanish, Danish, Italian, French, Norwegian
Hearing impaired subtitles German, English, Italian

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Walt Kowalski is old school. A Korean War veteran and lifelong Ford autoworker ("Would it kill you to buy American...") - he snarls at his scantily dressed teenage granddaughter who disrespectfully texts someone while attending his wife's funeral. He spits on his next door neighbour's front lawn because it's not as spic and span as his own - and looks close to punching out the well-meaning but life-naÔve local young priest Father Janovich who just wants to 'help' after his wife's passing (dialogue above). And as the American flag flies over his home - Walt and his dog Daisy sit on the porch not suffering anyone let alone fools gladly - while drinking brews and cursing the rubbish printed in the Astrology section.

His middle-aged sons Mitch and Steve live as far away from him as possible (Michigan mostly) and despair of his grouchy growling nature - permanently frothing at the state of the America he fought for in 1952's E-Company Platoon. He calls people in the Chinese and Mexican neighbourhood gooks, spicks and swamp rats. When a crowd of well wishers descend on his home for his wife's wake - he snarls "I guess they heard there's gonna be a lot of ham..." Walt Kowalski isn't the nicest person in the world. Yet despite his war ghosts ("The thing that haunts a man the most is the thing he isn't ordered to do...") - Walt has decency in his veins and values in his still-alert mind. And with rifles to fend off intruders - he's kept pristine an American classic car in the garage adjacent to his Detroit home - a 1972 Gran Torino Sport built by his beloved Ford.

Meanwhile gangs of Hmong and Mexican dudes cruise the streets in cars with guns and semi-automatic rifles looking for trouble or an opportunity to steal something.
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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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This might be the testament of Clint's early characters, like an old Callahan or Gunny ending up alone with their ghosts. And these are also Clint's ghosts, all the men and labels he was associated to during his career, especially the early one.
But it is not Clint rejecting them, just simply trying to exorcise them on a hand and to let people really understand them on the other.
Clint's character is apparently a white trash, working class, veteran and so on.
He hates everyone, even if minorities are a easier target but, after all, he just do not trust people and live in the memory of an old and gone america, that was partially real (and white) but is partially also just imagined. He knows about sacrifices, solitude, values and think that that is what America should be about, while he does not see it anywhere and anymore. Something he fought for but he cannot accept it is a nothing he fought for. And so, gradually, he understand that what really counts is to recreate this utopia among friends, old and new, with the bits of reality and life that make sense and make life worthy, including a young korean kid, an old car, some people in the neighbourhood. And he also realizes that his real enemy is himself and the ghosts that surround him. This is a tragedy but it is not uncommon. What is typical of him, now more than ever, is that he realizes that everyone has his ghosts, sometimes they are just affections and memories, and you have to live with them. And when it's darker ones, and produce anger, and violence, there is just one way to work it out: to destroy them, or destroy oneself. Gran Torino, after all, is the story of the last samurai, a samurai who swears and has guns, who seeks justice and often fails.
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By Inkhorn 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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