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Gran Torino

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Original title
Gran Torino
Running time
119 min.
United States United States
Nick Schenk. Story: Nick Schenk, Dave Johannson
Kyle Eastwood, Michael Stevens
Tom Stern
Warner Bros., Village Roadshow, Malpaso Productions, Double Nickel Entertainment
Drama | Old Age/elderly. Immigration. Racism. Friendship
Synopsis / Plot
Recently widowed, retired auto worker Walt Kowalski fills his days with home repair, beer and monthly trips to the barber. The people he once called his neighbors have all moved or passed away, replaced by Hmong immigrants, from Southeast Asia, he despises. Resentful of virtually everything he sees--Walt is just waiting out the rest of his life. Until the night someone tries to steal his `72 Gran Torino. The Gran Torino brings his shy teenaged neighbor Thao into his life when Hmong gangbangers pressure the boy into trying to steal it. But Walt stands in the way of both the heist and the gang, making him the reluctant hero of the neighborhood--especially to Thao's mother and older sister, Sue, who insist that Thao work for Walt as a way to make amends. Though he initially wants nothing to do with these people, Walt eventually gives in and puts the boy to work fixing up the neighborhood, setting into motion an unlikely friendship that will change both their lives.
2009: César Awards: Best Foreign Film
2008: Golden Globes: Nominated for Best Song
2008: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Actor (Clint Eastwood)
2008: National Board of Review: Best Actor (Clint Eastwood), Best Original Screenplay
2008: David di Donatello Awards: Best Foreign Film
2008: American Film Institute (AFI): Top 10 - Movies of the Year
2008: Nominated for Critics' Choice Awards: Best Actor (Eastwood)
2008: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Nominated for Best Actor (Clint Eastwood)
2009: Sur Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
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