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Gran Torino (movie)

411 Ratings: 3.1
A movie directed by Clint Eastwood

Gran Torino is a 2008 American drama film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood, who also stars in the film. The film marks Eastwood's return to a lead acting role after four years, his last leading role having been in Million Dollar Baby. The … see full wiki

Director: Clint Eastwood
Genre: Action, Adventure
MPAA Rating: PG-13
28 reviews about Gran Torino (movie)
review by . June 12, 2011
A great movie that touches on many issues
This drama, starring Clint Eastwood, and directed, produced, and partially written by him, is properly advertised as "the performance of a lifetime." It is undoubtedly one of the best films. The story is about an elderly man, an award winning veteran of the Korean War, an atheist, who has never been found contentment in life, whose wife just died, and who, knowing her husband's problems, asks a young parish priest to look after him. He lives in a neighborhood that has changed, surrounded …
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
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Eastwood depicts a population in our country that is becoming more and more prominent. The elder veteran in a changing world, he responds to attacks on his freedom by reaching out to an unlikely family from another world.
Quick Tip by . July 25, 2010
Eastwood should have retired after this movie. It's one of his best in a while.
Quick Tip by . July 24, 2010
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A bigoted Korean war vet and widow stands up for his Hmong neighbors when the local gang terrorizes his neighborhood. Lots of great moments with Clint Eastwood in great form. If he does in fact retire with this movie, he's going out on a high note.
Quick Tip by . July 20, 2010
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Gran Torino is an excellent film that shows Eastwood still has it. Definitely teaches us tolerance is the best policy.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
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Clint at 80 is still the man! Love that pure Detroit muscle car!
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
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Great movie Clint Eastwood at his absolute best you have to have this in your movie library
review by . July 10, 2010
   Orignally I steered clear of this movie, not wanting to risk ruining my great memories of Dirty Harry, but one night a friend talked me into watching it and WOW was I glad he did. This movie was one of the best movies I've seen in years. It had an excellent plot, as well as great character development, and if that's not enough for you it had a good moral thrown in as well. When you first meet Clint Eastwood's character is soon after his wife died. He's a veteran of Vietnam, …
Quick Tip by . July 03, 2010
Great movie
review by . April 07, 2010
Take a classic action hero years removed from his action days, a cast of people who have never acted in a movie before, an experienced director and a cleverly plotted and written picture and you get a classic.    Gran Torino works on every level. Eastwood absolutely shines as a old vet and autoworker who has two great pleasures in his life, his wife whose funeral begins the movie and his Gran Torino. As Detroit changes and falls apart and the neighbors are increasingly Hmong …
Quick Tip by . March 13, 2010
I enjoyed this film more than I thought I would, especially the humor and tenderness.
review by . March 20, 2009
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I have to admit that I was a bit tentative about seeing "Gran Torino" because I heard that there were a lot of racist remarks in this movie (particularly ones geared toward Asians).  I know first hand how awkward it can be growing up as a minority in America.   I was raised in New Mexico since the age of 4... and there aren't a whole lot of us Chinese kids growing up there, let me tell ya! :)    But I soon realized after watching this movie, that my fears were …
review by . February 14, 2009
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I've always had a fondness for Eastwood's direction and films; his latest, "GRAN TORINO" may not be his best directorial film assignment but it sure is a welcome addition to his directorial opus. This film is a melodramatic experience (well, Eastwood's performance keep it from becoming a full-blown one) and is a clever character study on racism, friendship and redemption. The film is pretty simple and that is the one element that made it work. Of course, Eastwood relies on his old-school tactics …
review by . July 14, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
The enemy of my war is more like a family now.
Theres something you really have to admire about drama movies, they can be so entertaining and enriching sometimes without needing a million special effects.  Put some good actors with it and their even better.      I never grew up watching Clint Eastwood but I may need to go back and reinvest in some of those movies.  I've seen a couple here and there but this man should never die, especially if he can keep making work even half as good as this.      …
review by . April 15, 2009
Clint Eastwood is back once again in "Gran Torino," a movie that shows that given the right amount of charisma, anyone can make a racist likable. This is the case with Walt Kowalski (Eastwood), a Korean War veteran whose suffered a major blow by the death of his wife. Walt is not a nice man. He hates his kids, he's racist, and he has no problem cursing out the Catholic priest. When he talks about his wife you get the feeling she was the only thing about his life he loved. Well, that and his 1972 …
review by . September 17, 2009
...And not many can pull that off. I pride myself in having seen every Clint Eastwood movie. Some were good, some were so-so, some were outstanding. Before watching "Gran Torino" I had no idea what to expect. All I knew was it was about an aging Korean vet living in a neighborhood with Asians. A clash of cultures, prejudice and especially war memories. Eastwood's character doesn't respect Asians; in fact he hates every aspect of them as well as their culture. But he learns as he gets to know them. …
review by . September 13, 2009
Having appeared in practically every male oriented movie genre in his long career, Clint Eastwood has matured into one of the finest directors and actors the industry - and the public - have seen.     Nearing 80, Eastwood plays Walt Kowalski, a character of roughly the same age. His wife has just died and Walt is living alone in his home of many years, the last Caucasian in a neighborhood that is suffering severely from "diversity". Kowalski retains the characteristics of the …
Quick Tip by . August 21, 2009
I have never stopped watching a movie after 25 minutes, this was the first. quite disappointing.
Quick Tip by . August 20, 2009
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sorry, but I don't get why bigoted old men are supposed to be endearing. this movie went so far downhill so fast, after 15 mins in. boo.
review by . March 05, 2009
Walt Kowalski: I'll blow a hole in your face then go inside and sleep like a baby.       Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):     1. Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) is a Korean War veteran who worked on the assembly line for the Ford automobile company until he retired.   2. Fiercely loyal, patriotic and extremely persnickety, he owns a mint condition 1972 Gran Torino Sport, which is his pride and joy.   3. He's a cantankerous …
review by . July 26, 2009
There are many things to like about Gran Torino. The thing I appreciate most is its authenticity. There is nothing in "Gran Torino" that makes you stop and say "Now wait a minute - it wouldn't happen that way". The story takes place in-or-near Detroit - and it is very obvious that it was filmed in the Detroit area.... again everything has a real authentic feal.     The story is a coming-to-age story of a man in his "senior" years (I know that is a weird way to start an "coming-to-age" …
review by . January 27, 2009
Gran Torino [Theatrical Release]
If this is, indeed, Clint Eastwood's final acting performance, then Gran Torino is the way to end the legendary actor's career. The biggest surprise being that he never won an Oscar for best actor. Oscar or not, Clint Eastwood's role as Walt Kowalski, a Korean War veteran who embraces racial stereotypes...and living in a cultural-rich, low-class neighborhood...written by first-time screenwriter Nick Schenk - with Clint Eastwood's superb directing, makes Gran Torino one of the best films I have seen …
review by . June 16, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
I should have saved Gran Torino for Father's Day, this coming weekend, and watched it together with my son, maybe as a double feature with The Great Santini. Looking over the reviews of this film here on the Big River, I find that the stars are closely correlated with the reminiscences of ornery old bustard fathers. Mine was one. In fact, my Dad looked almost exactly like Walt Kowalsky, Eastwood's character, at the same age. He dressed the same, walked the same, drank almost the same (slightly better …
review by . June 16, 2009
I should have saved Gran Torino for Father's Day, this coming weekend, and watched it together with my son, maybe as a double feature with The Great Santini. Looking over the reviews of this film here on the Big River, I find that the stars are closely correlated with the reminiscences of ornery old bustard fathers. Mine was one. In fact, my Dad looked almost exactly like Walt Kowalsky, Eastwood's character, at the same age. He dressed the same, walked the same, drank almost the same (slightly better …
review by . June 15, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
What hasn't been said about Gran Torino? Probably not much is left at this point. Well here's my take on the film. It's outstanding, the best job Eastwood has done to date.     This is a very carefully constructed film. Eastwood has to come off as a crotchety old curmudgeon, and that's easy acting for him. Within the first 20 minutes his curmudgeondom is established. The tough part for any film is that transition when the curmudgeon becomes likeable or human. Eastwood did a fabulous …
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