1 hour, 56 minutes
R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
for language throughout, and some violence.
DVD Features: Manning the Wheel: the meaning of manhood as reflected by the american car culture ; Gran Torino: More Than a Car: visit Detroit and the woodward dream cruise, an annual vintage car event where buffs describe the unique bond between men and vehicles.
Clint Eastwood ... Walt Kowalski
Christopher Carley ... Father Janovich
Bee Vang ... Thao Vang Lor
Ahney Her ... Sue Lor
Brian Haley ... Mitch Kowalski
Brian Howe ... Steve Kowalski
John Carroll Lynch ... The Barber
|Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood "Million Dollar Baby") is a bigoted, acerbic Korean War vet, a retired handyman, spending his days sitting on his front porch bemoaning the racial changes in his what has become a mostly ethnic neighborhood. We first meet Walt in church giving evil looks at those who have shown up for his wife's funeral services. He doesn't much care for his sons and their families either, but he has his reasons. They're always trying to convince him to move to an elder-care facility (so they can sell his house). He mostly ignores their glaring insensitivities, spending his days grousing at his next door Asian neighbors, smoking like a chimney and coughing up blood.
When a crew of Asian gangbangers attempts to force Tao Vang Lor (Bee Vang), the neighbor's 17-year old son, to join their gang, their leader Fong (Doua Moua), chases young Tao over onto Walt's lawn where he and his team of bullies suddenly find themselves staring down the barrel of Walt's M-16. From then on, however demeaning his insults, the Asians begin bringing flowers and food to his door. But the
gang isn't done with Tao, and they force him to steal Walt's prized Gran Torino as a rite of initiation. Waking up in the middle of the night to strange sounds
from his garage, Walt confronts the would-be thief and orders him to reconsider his priorities. In
compensation Tao's mother insists that the boy will work for Walt doing
odd jobs for a week, initiating a quasi-father-son relationship between
extremely unlikely pair. Walt also becomes a protector of Tao's older
sister Sue (Ahney Her), when he rescues her from some taunting by some black street kids and even more flowers and food arrive.
Highlighted by the star's vastly entertaining performance, this
funny, broad but ultimately serious-minded drama about an old-timer
driven to put things right in his deteriorating neighborhood is one of
the greatest accomplishments of Clint Eastwood's illustrious career.
It's one of his best directing and acting performances and one of the
year's best films as well.