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.
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
Ashley, honey. Why don’t you help
Grandpa Walt with the chairs?
Grandpa Walt, can I help you with
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.
I’d better salt the sidewalk
before someone falls and breaks a
Walt taps the floor with his boot and DAISY, his very,
very, very old DOG follows him outside.
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.
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.
Wow, Grandpa, when’d you get thevintage car?
Walt looks at her for a second, then steps on her stillburning cigarette before answering.
I never knew you had a cool old
It’s only been in here sincebefore you were born.