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Gran Torino

(DVD - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Gran Torino


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Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Walt is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy old man, who can't get along with either his kids or his neighbors. He is a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 1972 Gran Torino he keeps in mint condition. When his neighbor, Thao, a young Hmong teenager, becomes pressured by his gang member cousin to steal Walt's Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will into the life of Thao's family, Walt is soon taking steps to protect them from the gangs that infest their neighborhood.
Title: Gran Torino
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Burbank, CA :, Warner Home Video,, [2009]
Edition: Widescreen ed.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (116 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features: "Manning the wheel" featurette; "Gran Torino: more than a car" featurette.
Summary: Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Walt is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy old man, who can't get along with either his kids or his neighbors. He is a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 1972 Gran Torino he keeps in mint condition. When his neighbor, Thao, a young Hmong teenager, becomes pressured by his gang member cousin to steal Walt's Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will into the life of Thao's family, Walt is soon taking steps to protect them from the gangs that infest their neighborhood.
Audience: MPAA rating R for language throughout, and some violence.
ISBN: 9781419872570
1419872575
1419897748
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Report This Jul 19, 2013
  • rslade rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Possibly a bit self-indulgent to begin, but powerful in the end.

Report This Feb 13, 2013
  • SpencerSpencer rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Good good movie. Suspenseful, socially aware, and humorous at times. This was a good story, gripping, while not being mushy or schmaltzy or over-the-top violent. Good story line too, about a nasty,bigoted, angry Korean War veteran with unexpected morality, decency, and humanity.

Report This Jan 09, 2013
  • Saint_Mirin rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Reminded me too much of Focus with William H. Macy. Perhaps more humor in this film but I liked Focus better for exploring this type of subject matter.

Report This Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A dying old Korean war veteran (and bigot) finds inner peace through tolerance and friendship with an Asian family next door. Directed, produced, and "the performance of a lifetime" (- Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal) by Clint Eastwood. An outstanding film. FIVE STARS.

Report This Dec 17, 2012
  • marcellmurray rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This movie was incredible. One of the best in the Clint Eastwood industries. My favorite part was when walt was waxing his car and just sat on his porch and the sunset just right- That Gran T. Looked so beautiful and it was just a heart-felt moment for man and machine.

what are u chinese or japanese ? none of the above

Report This Aug 05, 2012
  • fella rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

i loved clint eastwood in this movie

Report This Jul 27, 2012
  • Quimeras rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I have come to expect high quality from Clint Eastwood both as an actor and a director, and he certainly does not disappoint in “Gran Torino”. The script is effective yet unpretentious. While it addresses an array of issues, for me, the film is a reminder of our responsibility as human beings to care for one another .

Report This Apr 27, 2012
  • JENBOI rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A beautiful look at this disturbing life. This movie is not for the fient of heart, but well worth the watch.

Report This Apr 11, 2012
  • mrsgail5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

DVD was okay – one of my favorites by Clint Eastwood.

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  • bdls206 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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  • BlackPhoenix rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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  • bdls206 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Disgruntled Korean War vet Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, a young Hmong teenager, who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: his 1972 Gran Torino.

Report This Jul 27, 2010
  • Mahala rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Clint Eastwood is retired Ford factory worker Walt Kowalski. As a veteran of the Korean War, Kowalski has seen and done a lot of things he wishes he hadn't. He's bitter, antisocial, and politically incorrect. After his wife's funeral, we discover that he doesn't get along too well with his sons, specifically Mitch and his wife, His grandchildren don't appreciate him one bit; the granddaughter only wants his stuff, hand-me-downs to take with her to school. They don't make things easy for him, but then again, he doesn't make things easy for them, either. It's a vicious cycle of resentment and miscommunication. As this is being established, we're introduced to a teenage boy named Thao (Bee Vang), who lives next door to Kowalski with his large Hmong family. He's the black sheep of his deeply traditional family, always doing chores that the women are supposed to do. Having no direction in life, he's pressured by his cousin, nicknamed Spider to join his neighborhood gang. As an act of initiation, Thao must sneak into Kowalski's garage and steal his most prized possession: A 1972 Gran Torino. The attempt backfires as Walt chasing him down with his shot gun. Some time later, Spider arrives with his posse and tries to abduct Thao for messing up. The resulting scuffle is broken up when Kowalski points his shotgun at the gang members and demand they get off his lawn. Within no time at all, Kowalski's front steps are covered with tokens of appreciation from Thao's family, none of which are appreciated. But then Kowalski gets to know Thao's sister, Sue a remarkably independent young woman. Quick-witted and outgoing, she takes Kowalski's racial slurs in stride, believing that a good man lies behind the disgruntled façade. As he spends more time with Sue and her family, he begins to realize that he has more in common with them that with his own family, which, in all likelihood, scares him more than it brings him comfort. When Thao formally apologizes for trying to steal Kowalski's Gran Torino, Kowalski puts him to work doing various chores, like repainting a house and fixing gutters. Hardly a scene goes by when he isn't verbally berating Thao, although it's obvious from the start that he's doing it to toughen him up, to make him believe that his life has a purpose and that he should actively be trying to find it. Part of this involves getting Thao to talk like a man. There's a priceless scene in which Kowalski brings Thao to a barber, who has been sharing insults with Kowalski for a number of years. Afterwards, Kowalski arranges for Thao to work at a construction site; the boss, as it turns out, is the perfect man for Thao to test his new vocabulary on. What Kowalski doesn't realize is that he's learning just as much from Thao, especially in matters of caring for other people. Eventually, Kowalski comes to the conclusion that Thao and his family will never be at peace so long as Spider and his gang are around and he decides to take matters into his own hands.

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  • bdls206 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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  • bdls206 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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  • BlackPhoenix rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Extremely course language, which becomes comical at parts.

Report This Aug 02, 2010
  • BlackPhoenix rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: Beatings, gang fights/assaults

Report This Jul 27, 2010
  • Mahala rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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  • lilmisslibrary rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Coarse language - especially a lot of racial / ethnic slurs.

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Report This Dec 17, 2012
  • marcellmurray rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"You let yum-yums walk right out on ya'. You know she likes you? Ehh...whatever eggroll...."

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  • EowynThandawen rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Walt(looking at his son's Toyota); Would it kill you to buy American?

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  • bdls206 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Youa: You're funny. Walt Kowalski: I've been called a lot of things, but never funny.

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  • bdls206 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Walt Kowalski: Oh, I've got one. A Mexican, a Jew, and a colored guy go into a bar. The bartender looks up and says, "Get the f**k out of here."

Report This Aug 08, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Duke: What you lookin' at old man? Walt Kowalski: Ever notice how you come across somebody once in a while you shouldn't have f**ked with? That's me.

Report This Apr 16, 2011
  • Sunnchilde rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"What was it like to kill a man?" "You don't want to know."

Report This Jul 27, 2010
  • Mahala rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Be a man Toad!

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  • bdls206 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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