Gran Torino 2008

Gran Torino is a 2008 American drama film directed by, produced by, and starring Clint Eastwood. The film marks Eastwood’s return to a lead acting role after four years his last leading role being Million Dollar Baby.

The film features a predominantly Hmong cast, as well as Eastwood’s younger son, Scott Eastwood. Eastwood’s older son, Kyle Eastwood, provided the score.

Plot: Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Kowalski is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy an old man, who can’t get along with either his kids or his neighbors, 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 under pressure from his gang member cousin, tries to steal his Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will into the life of Thao’s family, Kowalski is soon taking steps to protect them from the gangs that infest their neighborhood.
Awards and nominations
Gran Torino was recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the Ten Best Films of 2008. Clint Eastwood’s performance has also garnered recognition. He won an award for Best Actor from the National Board of Review, & was nominated for the Broadcast Film Critics Association (Critics’ Choice Awards) and by the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association for Best Actor. An original song from the film, “Gran Torino”, was nominated for the Golden Globe Awards for Best Original Song. The music is by Clint Eastwood, Jamie Cullum, Kyle Eastwood, Michael Stevens, with Cullum penning the lyrics. The Art Directors Guild nominated Gran Torino in the contemporary film category.

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