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Clint Eastwood's Changeling has all the Oscar buzz going for it at the moment, but we're stoked for the other movie he has coming out this year, Gran Torino. And yes, the title has everything to do with the car, as you can see from the poster above, which was just released.

The plot summary, via IMDB: "Disgruntled Korean War vet Walt Kowalski (Eastwood) sets out to reform his neighbor, a young Hmong teenager, who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possesion: his 1972 Gran Torino." USA Today has a longer piece out that fleshes out the story some more.

Messing with someone's Gran Torino is wrong. Messing with Clint's... well, you asked for it, dummy. We'll drop the 10 bucks to see this one at the multiplex when it opens in December.

[Source: USA Today via In Contention]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      OMG Kowalski *wets pants*
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Gran Torino was never cool. In fact, it was probably one of the worst cars the American auto makers ever foisted on us. Starsky and Hutch did not change this fact, despite the snappy stripe.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Go ahead (steal my Gran Torino)...make my day!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think the Gran Torino is cool! And my first one was also my first car! 1974 Ford Gran Torino Elite 351c (who knows what the c stands for?) AND what the other option of engine was?

          • 6 Years Ago
          I think the "c" was for "Cleveland", as in the Cleveland heads it used (I think it was Ford's version of a "Hemi").
        • 6 Years Ago
        Assembly quality, engineering and performance have nothing to do with what makes a car cool. If that were the case, there would be a million 'cool' secretaries driving around in their Celicas.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Gran Torino was an awesomey car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You my friend have no clue of American Muscle Car. I am sure your gonna say that my 1968 Cougar is crap too. You have no clue, get a clue.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Go Clint.


      (Hmong usually and originally, means refugees from Laos. They helped quite a few of our forces in Vietnam/SE Asian conflict and generally, as I understand it were anti communism/Chinese)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Clint and a '72 Gran Torino? Does it any better than this? I think not! Inspector Callahan would wipe up the floor with todays' batch of punk-ass movie cops and those cars were awful on a good day but it doesn't matter, it's what they represent to us fat balding middle aged Americans. The '70s rocked. and discoed. is that even a word?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wasn't Kowalski the name of the guy in the original Gone in 60 Seconds?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Nope. H.B. Halicki, the man behind the original, played Maindrian Pace.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah
        • 6 Years Ago
        Vanishing Point
      • 6 Years Ago
      When I was little, my cousin had an Elite. I thought the three little slit windows in the rear were neat.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yep, this is one movie I could actually see myself paying outrageous ticket prices for. Go Clint!

      Great Actor and Great Car!
      • 6 Years Ago
      By the way, Clint looks Fit for an older guy! Ouch!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Older as in closing in on 80...That mofo has a flatter stomach than my half his age punk ass. Could probably still give me a thrashing too...
      • 6 Years Ago
      My buddy has a 72 Torino with the original 351 Cleveland. Badass it is.
        • 6 Years Ago
        IMO the best year for looks!
      • 6 Years Ago
      With his pants that high, he looks more like somebody's grandpa who misplaced their car in the doctor's parking lot.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Vanishing Point
      • 6 Years Ago
      The poster is all cool, but the description of the movie doesn't sound that badass.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I am a fan of nearly all of Clint's written/directed features, but I had the same reaction to the poster and plot description ... WTF?

        I think, apart from maybe autoblog readers wanting to see the Torino, this has "box office failure" written all over it. I don't see Clint pulling off the "old ass dude vs. young whippersnapper" culture-clash character-driven movie, and even truly great movies of this genre (i.e. this year's The Visitor) are not big money-makers. And, while kinda cool, the Torino is not exactly high on the list of classic American cars, at least not outside the wrenchhead demographic.
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