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Gran Torino: The Movie Is the Metaphor

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Nothing says "the holidays" quite like a gentle snowfall, a hot mug of cocoa, and a multiplex packed with serious, heartfelt dramas. And among this year's crop of Oscar hopefuls, there's one that looks to warm the hearts and engines of even the most grizzled gearheads: Gran Torino.

The movie stars Clint Eastwood and his prized possession--wanna guess?--a 1972 Gran Torino. Starring opposite an inanimate object may sound like a step down for Eastwood, given the fact that Hilary Swank and Meryl Streep have previously served in that capacity. However, the #1 rule of Hollywood is that actors should never perform with animals or babies, and when you consider that other holiday films feature golden retrievers...well, Clint's doing just fine.

Gran Torino is set in Detroit, and insofar as it touches on topics of race, class, and a changing auto industry, it seems like a fairly interesting mirror of today's cultural climate. We don't know how it ends, but we're gonna go out on a limb and assume that Clint and the Hmong neighbors he loathes come to some sort of comforting and possibly teary resolution. We're also going to assume that, given Eastwood's acting chops, he's a shoo-in for several well-deserved award nominations. And against all odds, we're hoping that there's at least one lighthearted car repair montage like in Better Off Dead, when John Cusak and that French exchange student fix his 1967 Camaro (which, fyi, apparently has its own site). Now that was a movie.--Richard Read




[via Variety.com]

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Comments (6)
  1. Rule # 1 for guys: Never get in a fight with an old guy at a bar. They're the most likely to come at you with something sharp.
     
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  2. For being as old as Eastwood is, not only is he a great director, but he can still play the tough guy and not look like he's going to break a hip.
    I Hyped Gran Torino on Everhype and gave it 97% which I think is fairly accurate.
    http://www.everhype.com/hyper/thebitch?X=M851
    I wouldn’t mind getting some opinions on it . If you get on there, rate me a 5 & request friendship.
     
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  3. "Mr."

    Question:
    Really enjoyed the movie but we can't seem to agree on what color the Gran Torino was in the movie.....anyone know what the name of this paint color is ?
     
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  4. "Paint color"

    To the person about the paint color. Ivy glow green metalic.
     
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  5. "Paint color"

    I have a Green Gran Torino-72, with code 4C(Ivy Bronze Poly). Is this the same color who are in the movie?Can someone please answer me? I thinked it was 4Q Dark green Poly?? I answer because I need new paint and want the movie-color
     
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  6. "To Evald"

    To answer your question. 4c is ivy glow green metallic 4q is dark green metallic 6f is gold glow metallic. Without the vin on the movie car I don't know, but my car is the same vehicle as the movie car. The color of my car is 4c ivy glow green/ rare optional green stripe kit.
     
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