Gran Torino

Gran Torino

Gran Torino is a 2008 American drama film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood, who also starred in the film. The film co-stars Christopher Carley, Bee Vang and Ahney Her. This was Eastwood's first starring role since 2004's Million Dollar Baby. The film features a large Hmong American cast, as well as one of Eastwood's younger sons, Scott. Eastwood's oldest son, Kyle, provided the score. Set in Detroit, Michigan, it is the first mainstream American film to feature Hmong Americans. Many Lao Hmong war refugees resettled in the U.S. following the communist takeover of Laos in 1975. The story follows Walt Kowalski, a recently widowed Korean War veteran alienated from his family and angry at the world. Walt's young neighbor, Thao Vang Lor, is pressured by his cousin into stealing Walt's prized 1972 Ford Gran Torino for his initiation into a gang. Walt thwarts the theft with his M1 Garand rifle and subsequently develops a relationship with the boy and his family. Gran Torino opened in a limited theatrical release in the United States on December 12, 2008, before expanding wide on January 9, 2009. It grossed $270 million worldwide (making it Eastwood's second highest-grossing film to-date). Within the Hmong community in the United States, the film received both praise and criticism.

Genre: Drama
Director(s): Clint Eastwood
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 20 wins & 17 nominations.
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Walt Kowalski:
Now you just gotta learn how guys talk. You just listen to the way Martin and I banter it back and forth. You OK? You're ready?

Thao Vang Lor:

Walt Kowalski:
Alright let's go in...

Barber Martin:
Perfect! A Polak and AND a Chink!

Walt Kowalski:
How ya doing Martin, you crazy Italian prick?

Barber Martin:
Walts! You cheap bastard! I should have known you'd come in, I was having such a pleasant day!

Walt Kowalski:
What'd you do? You ruse some poor blind guy out of his money? Gave him the wrong change?

Barber Martin:
Who's the Nip?

Walt Kowalski:
Ohh... He's a p*ssy kid from next door. I'm trying to man him up a little bit... You see kid, now that's how guys talk to one another.

Thao Vang Lor:
They do?

Barber Martin:
What, you got sh*t on your ribs?

Walt Kowalski:
Now you go out and come back in and talk to him like a man, like a REAL man. Come on! Get your ass outta here! Come on back now. [to Martin] Sorry about this.

Thao Vang Lor:
What's up ya old Italian prick?

Barber Martin:
[pointing rifle at Thao] Get out of my shop before I blow your head off, you goddamn dick sucker! Go!

Walt Kowalski:
Jezus Christ, Holy Sh*t! Hehe. Take it easy, take it easy! [to Thao] What the hell are you doing? Have you lost your mind?

Thao Vang Lor:
But that's what you said. That's what you said men say.

Walt Kowalski:
You don't just come in and insult the man in his own shop! You just don't do that. What happens if you meet some stranger? You get the wrong one, he's gonna blow your gook head right off!

Thao Vang Lor:
What should I have said then?

Barber Martin:
Well... why don't you start with... eeehm... Hi or Hello...

Walt Kowalski:
Yeah, just come in and say... eeeehm... Sir, I'd like a haircut if you have the time.

Barber Martin:
Yeah, be polite, but don't kiss ass.

Walt Kowalski:
In fact you could talk about a construction job you just came from and b*tch about your girlfriend and your car.

Barber Martin:
eeeehm... Son of a b*tch, I just got my brakes fixed and eeehmm those son of b*tches really nailed me, I mean they screwed me right in the ass!

Walt Kowalski:
Yeah, don't swear AT the guy, just talk about people who are not in the room... eeeh... you could talk about your boss... eeeh... making you work extra time when there is bowling night.

Barber Martin:
Right, or... eeeh... my old lady b*tches for two goddamn hours about how... eeeeh... they don't take expired coupons at the grocery stores. And the minute I turn on the f***ing game, she starts crying how we never talk!

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