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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. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:December 12, 2008


Awarded by
Art Directors Guild James Murakami Best Art Direction in a Contemporary Film 2008 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jamie Cullum Best Original Song 2008 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Kyle Eastwood Best Original Song 2008 Nominee
National Board of Review Nick Schenk Best Original Screenplay 2008 Winner
National Board of Review Clint Eastwood Best Actor 2008 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Clint Eastwood Best Original Song 2008 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Clint Eastwood Best Actor 2008 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Clint Eastwood Best Actor 2008 Nominee


Clint Eastwood
as Walt Kowalski
Bee Vang
as Thao
Ahney Her
as Sue
Christopher Carley
as Father Janovich
Brian Haley
as Mitch Kowalski
Geraldine Hughes
as Karen Kowalski
Brian Howe
as Steve Kowalski
Dreama Walker
as Ashley Kowalski
William Hill
as Tim Kennedy
John Carroll Lynch
as Barber Martin
Chee Thao
as Grandma


Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
Bill Gerber
Robert Lorenz
Nick Schenk
Screen Story
Nick Schenk
Tom Stern
Kyle Eastwood
Composer (Music Score)
Joel Cox
Gary D. Roach
James Murakami
Production Designer
John Warnke
Art Director
Adam Richman
Executive Producer
Bruce Berman
Executive Producer
Jenette Kahn
Executive Producer
Deborah Hopper
Costume Designer
Ellen Chenoweth