R | | Drama
Disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, Thao Lor, 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.
The front license plate on Walt's truck is missing. Michigan doesn't require a front plate, but it looks it was recently removed. That wouldn't make sense, since he likely bought the truck new.
The credits scroll over a highway overlooking the lake shore, with the Warner Logo appearing in black and white.
$271,720 14 December 2008