Gran Torino is an American film released in 2008. Clint Eastwood directed the film. Clint Eastwood, along with Bill Gerber and Robert Lorenz, has produced the film. Double Nickel Entertainment, Malpaso Productions, and Village Roadshow Pictures were the production companies, and Warner Bros. Picture is the film’s distributor.
The production was started in July 2008, and the shooting of the film took place in Detroit, Michigan, at various spots (like Highland Park, Warren, Center Line, Grosse Pointe Park, and Royal Oak). The film completed its shooting within a period of five weeks. The film was released on December 12, 2008, in the United Kingdom, and on January 9, 2009, it was distributed worldwide. The film is available on HBO Max, Google Play, and fubo TV.
The story is about Walt Kowalski, who is an ex-member of the Korean War, he was angry with his family and the world, and his wife had recently died after 50 long years of marriage. Walt meets a boy from his neighbor, who was stealing his price Ford Gran Torino because his cousins asked him. Walt caught the boy stealing his price. And slowly and gradually, they developed a friendship.
Then the whole story revolves around the bonding between Walt and the boys and his family. There were a lot of rumors over the internet that the story is based on a true incident, but it is not based on a true incident. Clint Eastwood’s film was based on a screenplay, and Nick Schenk wrote that screenplay.
Worth Watching or Not
Clint Eastwood always came up with some good stories and always gets a lot of positive reviews. Similarly, this film received positive reviews more than negative reviews over the internet. It was rated 7.0 out of 10 on IMDb and 81% on Rotten Tomatoes. The drama is said to be full of comedy, emotions, and drama. The film will make you laugh and cry at the same time. The most loved scene was at the end when Walt died. This is a family-friendly film and should be watched by everyone.
Cast members who were seen in Gran Torino are:-
- Walt Kowalski by Clint Eastwood
- Thao Vang Lor by Bee Vang as a young Hmong teenager
- Sue Lor by Ahney Her as Thao’s older sister
- Father Janovich by Christopher Carley
- Fong “Spider by Doua Moua as Thao’s cousin
- Smokie by Sonny Vue as Spider’s right-hand man
- Hmong Gangbanger by Elvis Thao
- Mitch Kowalski by Brian Haley as Walt’s older son
- Steve Kowalski by Brian Howe as Walt’s younger son
- Karen Kowalski by Geraldine Hughes as Mitch’s wife
- Ashley Kowalski by Dreama Walker as Mitch and Karen’s daughter
- Josh Kowalski by Michael E. Kurowski as Mitch and Karen’s son
- Martin by John Carroll Lynch as an Italian American barber friend of Walt’s
- Grandma Vang Lor by Chee Thao as the matriarch of Thao’s family
- Youa by Choua Kue as Thao’s eventual girlfriend
- Trey by Scott Eastwood as Sue’s date
And many more casts were seen in the film.