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.

FADE IN:

1 INT. CHURCH 1

We’re at the funeral of Dorothy Kowalski. In attendance

are mostly old folks, their offspring and several bored

teenagers.

WALT KOWALSKI stands towards the front of the church. He

speaks to an older MAN in a bulky, out-of-date suit.

OLDER MAN:

I’m real sorry about Dorothy,

Walt. She was a real peach.

WALT:

Thanks for coming, Al.

Walt Kowalski looks young for his age. He has slate blue

eyes, physically fit and has had the same buzz cut

hairstyle since getting out of the military in 1953.

Walt is also a perfectionist. Nothing escapes his

hawklike eyes, eyes that pierce and judge.

Walt looks around at how the young people have dressed at

his wife’s funeral. His eyes narrow at his

GRANDDAUGHTER’s belly button ring.

WALT:

Jesus Christ.

Walt’s two sons, MITCH and STEVE, watch their father from

across the pews.

MITCH:

Look at the Old Man glaring at

Ashley. He can’t even tone it

down at Mom’s funeral?

STEVE:

What do you expect? Dad’s still

living in the ‘50s. He expects

his granddaughter to dress a

little more modestly.

MITCH:

Yeah, well your kid’s wearing a

Timberwolves jersey. I’m sure Dad

appreciates that.

STEVE:

My point is that there’s nothing

anyone can do that won’t

disappoint the Old Man.

(MORE)

(CONTINUED)

2.

1 CONTINUED:
1

STEVE (CONT'D)

It’s inevitable. That’s why we

stopped doing Thanksgivings; the

deal with the boat motor, the

broken bird bath, it’s always

something.

MITCH:

What are we going to do with him?

Don’t you think he’ll get in

trouble by himself over in the old

neighborhood?

STEVE:

Why don’t you have him move in

with you?

MITCH:

Ha ha.

2 INT. CHURCH -LATER 2

The choir sings the Beatitudes.

Walt looks around disgustedly at the people gathered as

one woman looks through her day planner, an old guy dozes

and his Granddaughter Ashley applies nail polish.

FATHER JANOVICH, the very young parish priest, steps up

to the altar and delivers the eulogy for Walt’s wife.

Walt sits ramrod straight and listens to the thin, weak,

unconvincing words of Father Janovich.

FATHER JANOVICH:

Death... is often a bittersweet

occasion to us Catholics. Bitter

in the pain it causes the deceased

... and their families. Sweet to

those who know the salvation that

awaits them. And some may ask,

what is death. Is it the end? Or

is it the beginning? And what is

life? What is this thing we call

life?

WALT:

Jesus.

Walt coughs. He takes a handkerchief and wipes his lips.

He looks down and notices a speck of BLOOD on the white

cloth.

3.

3 INT. WALT’S HOUSE - SAME TIME 3

The house is crammed with people following the service.

Walt doesn’t know what to do with himself.

keep busy. Steve steps over to his father.

He has to

STEVE:

A lot of people showed up afterthe service.

WALT:

Yeah, well, I s’pose they knewthere’d be plenty of ham. I think

I’ll go downstairs and get somemore chairs.

STEVE:

I’ll do it, Dad.

WALT:

Naw, we need them now, not next

week.

4 INT. CELLAR -SAME TIME 4

Grandsons JOSH, DANIEL and DAVID look through boxes inthe cellar. A box of old Korea War photos are pawedthrough.

Josh holds up a black-and-white PHOTO --a young WALTlooks utterly exhausted, behind him six bodies aresprawled dead on the ground.

Is that Dad?

DAVID:

DANIEL:

No, it’s Grandpa Walt.

Josh turns the photo over and reads it...

JOSH:

‘Third Platoon, E company, Marchsecond, 1952, Korea.’

DANIEL:

Where’s Korea?

JOSH:

Hell if I know?

David holds up a MEDAL.

(CONTINUED)

4.

4 CONTINUED:
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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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