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Gran Torino (2008)

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Gran Torino is a 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 Highland Park, 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.

Walt Kowalski is a cantankerous, retired Polish American assembly line worker and Korean War veteran, who has recently been widowed after 50 years of marriage, causing him to be a lapsed Catholic. His home in Highland Park, which was formerly populated by working-class white families, is now dominated by poor Asian immigrants, and gang violence is commonplace. Adding to his isolation and detachment are his feelings towards his married sons and their families.

He rejects a suggestion from one of his sons to move to a retirement community, and lives alone with his elderly dog, Daisy. Walt suffers from coughing fits, occasionally coughing up blood, but conceals this from his family. Catholic priest Father Janovich tries to comfort him, but Walt disdains the young, inexperienced man. Eventually, Walt opens up to the priest, revealing that he is still haunted by memories of the war.

Director: Clint Eastwood

Writers: Nick Schenk (story & screenplay), Dave Johannson (story)

Stars: Clint Eastwood, Bee Vang, Christopher Carley, Ahney Her, Brian Haley, Geraldine Hughes, Dreama Walker

Cast:

Clint EastwoodWalt Kowalski
Christopher CarleyFather Janovich
Bee VangThao
Ahney HerSue
Brian HaleyMitch Kowalski
Geraldine HughesKaren Kowalski
Dreama WalkerAshley Kowalski
Brian HoweSteve Kowalski
John Carroll LynchBarber Martin
William HillTim Kennedy
Brooke Chia ThaoVu
Chee ThaoGrandma
Choua KueYoua
Scott EastwoodTrey (as Scott Reeves)
Xia Soua ChangKor Khue
Sonny VueSmokie
Doua MouaSpider
Greg TrzaskomaBartender
John JohnsAl
Davis GloffDarrell
Thomas D. MahardMel (as Tom Mahard)
Cory HardrictDuke
Nana GbewonyoMonk
Arthur CartwrightPrez
Austin Douglas SmithDaniel Kowalski
Conor Liam CallaghanDavid Kowalski
Michael E. KurowskiJosh Kowalski (as Michael Kurowski)
Julia HoDr. Chu
Maykao K. LytongpaoGee
Carlos GuadarramaHead Latino
Andrew Tamez-HullLatino Gangbanger
Ramon CamachoLatino Gangbanger (as Rámon Camacho)
Antonio MirelesLatino Gangbanger
Ia Vue YangHmong Flower Woman
Zoua KueHmong Flower Woman
Elvis ThaoHmong Gangbanger
Jerry LeeHmong Gangbanger
Lee Mong VangHmong Gangbanger
Tru HangHmong Grandfather
Alice LorHmong Granddaughter
Tong Pao KueHmong Husband
Douacha LyHmong Man
Parng D. YarngHmong Neighbor
Nelly Yang Sao YiaHmong Wife
Marty BufaliniLawyer
My-Ishia Cason-BrownMuslim Receptionist
Clint WardOfficer
Stephen KueOfficer Chang
Rochelle WinterWaitress
Claudia RodgersWhite Woman Neighbor
Vincent BonassoTailor
Sean BaligianOld Man on Porch
Darline BucchareChurch member
Shelagh ConleyExtra
Jeffrey FeingoldNeighbor
William C. FoxFamily Friend
Vong LeeHmong Neighbor With Baby
Arnold MonteyFamily Friend
Rio ScafoneFamily Friend
Jeffrey Scott BashamMan on Street
Tony Stef’AnoMan on Street
Carey TorriceBlonde
Kevin WalshExtra – Hardware Store exterior

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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