Gran Torino script
Gran Torino (2008)
Synopsis: Retired auto worker and Korean War vet Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) fills emptiness in his life with beer and home repair, despising the many Asian, Latino and black families in his neighborhood. Walt becomes a reluctant hero when he stands up to the gangbangers who tried to force an Asian teen to steel Walt's treasured car. An unlikely friendship develops between Walt and the teen, as he learns he has more in common with his neighbors than he thought.

DAVID:

Cool, I found a medal.

They hear someone coming downstairs. By the time Walt

descends the staircase, the boys sit on the couch,

pretending to be doing nothing.

Walt gives them a hard look as he grabs some chairs.

5 UPSTAIRS 5

People eat and chat. Ashley marches over to her parents,

KAREN and Mitch.

ASHLEY (GRANDDAUGHTER)

How long do we have to stay, this

ghetto is a dead zone for my cell

and I’m bored.

Walt stands behind them with an armful of folding chairs,

he overheard his Granddaughter. Mitch and Karen are

embarrassed.

MITCH:

Ashley, honey. Why don’t you help

Grandpa Walt with the chairs?

ASHLEY:

Me?

KAREN:

Yes you.

ASHLEY:

Grandpa Walt, can I help you with

the chairs.

WALT:

I’ll take care of it, you just

painted your nails.

Walt opens the folding chairs and looks out the window.

It’s snowing. Walt puts on his coat, he almost looks

relieved to get out of the house.

WALT:

I’d better salt the sidewalk

before someone falls and breaks a

hip.

Walt taps the floor with his boot and DAISY, his very,

very, very old DOG follows him outside.

5.

6 EXT. WALT’S HOUSE -EVENING 6

Walt carefully shovels his sidewalk. He deliberatelystops at the boundary of his property.

The reason for this is that Walt’s neighbors are nowmostly Asians who moved into the house that once belongedto Polish families.

Next door to Walt’s house some sort of party is going on.

Walt can see through the window that the living room isjammed with at least forty people, all Asians, all Hmong.

And this is a problem for Walt, because Walt is a full-

blown, unrepentant racist.

Walt lights a cigarette and speaks to his dog, Daisy.

WALT:

Jesus Christ, how many swamp ratscan they cram into a living room?

Walt spits in the snow and walks back to the garage.

7 INT. GARAGE -SAME TIME 7

Walt steps inside and catches Ashley sneaking acigarette. She has pulled back the canvas tarp thatcovers his pride and joy, his beloved 1972 GRAN TORINO.

The Gran Torino is in mint condition.

since the day it rolled off the line.

It has been babied

Ashley tosses her cigarette when she sees Grandpa Walt.

ASHLEY:

Wow, Grandpa, when’d you get thevintage car?

Walt looks at her for a second, then steps on her stillburning cigarette before answering.

1972.

WALT:

ASHLEY:

I never knew you had a cool old

car.

WALT:

It’s only been in here sincebefore you were born.

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Nick Schenk

Nick Schenk (born November 12, 1965) is an American screenwriter. His script for the 2008 film Gran Torino was named "Best Screenplay" by the National Board of Review in late 2008. more…

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