R | | Drama
Disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, a Hmong teenager who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: a 1972 Gran Torino.
"Kowalski" is the most popular surname in Poland. It means "Smith" in adjective form, the usual for Polish names. Kowalczyk, Marilyn Monroe's name in Some Like It Hot (1959), means "Smithson."
God, I am sorry for Dorothy, Walt. She was a real peach.
Walt Kowalski: Thanks for coming, Al.
When Walt touches the little girl's head, the Hmong react very negatively, and Sue tells him that is wrong. Several scenes earlier, Kho Khue patted the baby's head, and no one reacted. Certain elders have the right to touch people on the head, including an elder shaman performing a soul-calling ceremony during a birth celebration. Also, when Sue musses Thao's hair in the back yard, she musses the side of his head, behind his ear, not the top.
The credits scroll over a highway overlooking the lake shore, with the Warner Logo appearing in black and white.
$271,720 14 December 2008
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