Walt Kowalski, an iron-willed and inflexible Korean War veteran living in a changing world, is forced by his immigrant neighbors to confront his long-held prejudices.
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To say Clint Eastwood is a legend would be an insult. He is beyond that and more. In a time when our generation are losing movie heros at a rapid pace,(Paul Newman,Charlton Heston) we can be thankful we still have Clint. The fact that the seventy-something icon can still bring it in "Gran Torino" makes this film a slam dunk. It's been four years since we've seen Clint the actor. His "director only" films have been great but it's not the same as seeing him do his thing in front of the camera as well. And here he delivers one of his best performances. Perhaps because the rumors are true this will be his last screen appearance,Clint brings back elements of Dirty Harry,A Fistful of Dollars,Every Which Way But Loose,and a dozen other characters he made his own. Only Clint can get away with the many racist remarks made in the film and not have every group spoken about protest. And it's amazing how he captures the present day culture clashing with a past generation. Notice the retired,hard working,pro American,middle class homeowner character he plays. Then notice his sons and nieces and nephews,all spoiled rotten with large homes,big SUV'S,and big egos,all compliments of his generations sacrifices in order to make our life better. And all they do is call him "old fashioned". I wasn't really thrilled with the ending,but after thinking about it,there was no other way it could have. If this is the end of Clint the actor,I can't think of a better way either.