2009   USA Gran Torino
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Director:Clint Eastwood
Studio:Double Nickel Entertainment
Writer:Nick Schenk, Dave Johannson
IMDb Rating:8.3 (216,865 votes)
Awards:Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination
Duration:116 min
Clint Eastwood  ...  (Director)
Nick Schenk, Dave Johannson  ...  (Writer)
Clint Eastwood  ...  Walt Kowalski
Christopher Carley  ...  Father Janovich
Bee Vang  ...  Thao Vang Lor
Ahney Her  ...  Sue Lor
Brian Haley  ...  Mitch Kowalski
Geraldine Hughes  ...  Karen Kowalski
Dreama Walker  ...  Ashley Kowalski
Brian Howe  ...  Steve Kowalski
John Carroll Lynch  ...  Barber Martin
William Hill  ...  Tim Kennedy
Brooke Chia Thao  ...  Vu
Chee Thao  ...  Grandma
Choua Kue  ...  Youa
Scott Eastwood  ...  Trey
Xia Soua Chang  ...  Kor Khue
Tom Stern  ...  Cinematographer
Kyle Eastwood  ...  Composer
Michael Stevens  ...  Composer
Comments: Tried three times and couldn't get past the first 20 minutes, or so. The setup, the writing, was so immature and clich├ęd I couldn't take it. I have no interest in following a story about an interesting or important topic being told in such a manipulative manner.

Summary: 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.

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