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GranTorino_Poster.jpgI've been lucky enough to be offered two goody bags for Clint Eastwood's upcoming film Gran Torino, quite likely his last ever acting role, and a film that I can tell you right now pulls together just about every major role he's ever played into one.

I saw the film just the other night and the review is coming at the weekend, and it's pretty damn good. There are some negative points, but talking Eastwood it's wonderful. So I'm delighted to be offering prizes for the film right here on Filmstalker.

Gran Torino is Clint Eastwood's latest film, starring and directed by the man himself. It tells the story of a Korean War veteran whose wife has just passed away and whose children are more interested in their own lives and the possessions that they can own and with grand children who have no manners or respect at all. Meanwhile his neighbourhood is changing radically with an influx of Asians he is fast becoming the only American amongst the community, but he won't be moved.

One day he catches a Korean boy from next door, pulled into a gang initiation, trying to steal his prize possession, a 1972 Gran Torino that he installed the steering column into while he worked there.

Through a growing friendship with a young girl from next door he takes the boy under his wing and when the local gang begins putting pressure on him to join them, he grudgingly stands up for the boy and the neighbourhood.

It's a wonderful performance from Clint Eastwood, and runs through the full range of emotions and characters. The frighteningly angry to the extremely funny, it points a finger towards our society and the uncaring, disrespectful and selfish attitudes we have all embraced.

I'd recommend seeing it, and you should read the review here on Filmstalker as soon as I get it written. In the meantime you can enter this competition to win one of two goody bags supplied by Warner Bros. for Gran Torino.

Update: Just got an update on the goody bags: It's a long sleeve shirt and a cap for the film.

The competition is open for those with a UK postal address only, and each winner will be randomly chosen from the correct entries. The competition closes on the 26th of February 2009.

To win simply answer the following question and email me at competition@filmstalker.co.uk with the answer and your UK postal address before the closing date of the 26th of February. Here's the question:

What role do you think is Clint Eastwood's most iconic of his career and why?

That's so easy isn't it? There's no right or wrong answer, just whatever your answer is. The winners will be chosen either for being the answers that stand out the most to me, or failing that just randomly selected from all the entries.

You can see more information about Gran Torino (c) 2009 Warner Bros. Ent. all Rights Reserved, over on the official site. Clint Eastwood's film Gran Torino is released on the 25th of February. Go see it, really, it's well worth it. In the meantime, get entering.

I received one great answer from Vicky, one of the winners of the competition, and because she had gone to such effort I thought it only fair to print her entry.

Outlaw Josey Wales.

It is full of allegories about the west and about the indians and the usa and about the current situations of the time.

It has lots of humour, it has a great soundtrack and script and beautiful cinematography and sound, just perfectly Clint Eastwood.

There are so many themes running through this films:

native americans
civil war
loss of family"

...and so many good lines.

"Hell with them fellas. Buzzards gotta eat, same as the worms.
Ya gonna pull them pistols, or whistle Dixie?
Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining
Dyin' ain't much of a livin', boy
They were decently treated. They were decently fed and then they were decently shot. Those men are common outlaws, nothing more."

...but in the end...

"feltcher: He's got the first move. I owe him that. I think I'll try to tell him the war is over. What do you say, Mr. Wilson?
josey wales : I reckon so. I guess we all died a little in that damn war."

...just left to ponder.



I saw this movie a few weeks ago and its fantastic, classic Eastwood but gees he seems so old, wonder what hes like in person. Richard have you ever considered moving to NZ? Then I could enter these competitions :P


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