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Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) is a Korean War vet growing older and grumpier with each passing day. So when his young Asian neighbor (Bee Vang), who is involved with a street gang, tries to steal his 1972 Gran Torino, he responds with gun threats. While Walt isn't surprised that this declaration of war makes him an enemy of the local hoodlums, he isn't prepared for the hero's praise he receives from the family next door. Suddenly the man is forced to face prejudices that pre-date his prized car.
Why Is Gran Torino Rated R?
Gran Torino is rated R for language throughout, and some violence.
Here is additional information on sex, violence and profanity in Gran Torino...
The film’s script contains a continuous stream of strong sexual expletives (some used in a sexual context) and derogatory racial slurs along with profanities, scatological slang, crude sexual language and terms of Christian Deity. Various gangs threaten individuals. A young man is burned on the face with a cigarette. A female character is raped and beaten (though the crime takes place off screen, her bruised and bloody body is seen). Other characters are pummeled, shot at and threatened (some blood is depicted). One man is shot repeatedly in the chest. A page from a pornographic magazine is briefly shown (no nudity and limited details are seen). Some scenes of crude sexual innuendo are portrayed along with frequent depictions of drinking, smoking and other tobacco use (including a teen smoking). The horrors of war are also briefly discussed.
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Canadian Movie Ratings
Canadian Home Video Rating: 14A
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Details on home video releases of Gran Torino...
Release Date: 9 June 2009
Gran Torino races onto DVD in either full frame or widescreen presentations. Either version also offers two featurettes: Manning the Wheel and Gran Torino: More Than a Car.
Gran Torino is also driving onto Blu-ray. This 2-disc edition presents the movie in widescreen. Bonus extras includes four featurettes (Behind the Story, The Eastwood Way, Manning the Wheel and Gran Torino: More Than a Car), along with BD Live.