Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino is Actually a New Dirty Harry Movie?


I think we can officially declare this story the wildest rumour of the week. Although I still question the credibility of said rumour, it’s spreading pretty fast and it’s certainly got a lot of people excited. Yesterday there was an announcement about Clint Eastwood directing and starring in a new movie called Gran Torino with Warner Brothers/Village Roadshow Pictures. No other details about the film were given, except that it was planned for a December release. Shortly thereafter, a scooper wrote in to Ain’t It Cool News and related a little story:

“I recently advertised my 1974 ford grand torino classic original for sale in the local here, and within 24 hours had someone from Village Roadshow Pictures interested in having a look at it. He came. He wasn’t interested for numerous reasons (probably the modifications). He told me they were looking for the right car for a new Clint Eastwood movie.

He said it was a thriller about a killer that drives a certain torino. His 1972 Ford Gran Torino is the only thing the police have on him. A retired police lieutenant, one Harry Callahan, makes it his mission to track down the culprit when two young police officers, one Callahan’s grandson, are shot and killed by the guy.”

So is Gran Torino actually the sixth Dirty Harry film, the first in 20 years? Could it be? Well, there has been talk of a new Dirty Harry film for a while now, but I didn’t ever think Clint Eastwood himself was supposed to star in it. I was always under the impression that it would be a remake. But if anyone can star as a bad ass cop at the age of 77, it’s certainly Clint Eastwood. What do you think, is this rumour actually true? And if so, how much would that rule?

  • No matter how hard I try, I cannot imagine Clint reprising this role at his age. It’s true that Stallone just played both Rambo and Rocky at about the age of 60 and Harrison Ford is playing Indiana Jones at around 65, but Eastwood is 77 years old. I just find it hard to imagine. I mean, he already looked on the verge of being too old to be a hard-ass cop by the time he made The Dead Pool. If he can pull it off, more power to him, but I don’t really think another Dirty Harry film is necessary at this point. Then again, I said the same thing about Rambo and I ended up really liking that film. I guess we’ll see, won’t we?

  • If Sean Connery can do League of Extraordinary Gentlemen at his age , Clint can kick ass in one more Dirty Harry.

  • E

    This Eastwood film is under production in the Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe

  • Kristen

    Clint Eastwood is working on this production in several locations around the Detroit Area. I have some AWESOME shots of the filming of this movie (I live a block away from where they were) and I’m very excited that they’re filming in Michigan :)

  • Reed Farrington

    So, Kristen, was Clint carrying around a .357 Magnum or some bigger gun?

    When you say AWESOME, I’m picturing Clint in a harness doing some wire-fu while cherry blossom petals are floating down.

    And please don’t tell us that you saw Shia LeBoeuf playing as Dusty Callahan Jr.

  • Donny B

    All the nay sayers are soooooooooooo hung up on his age, I think lost in all this …is what Clint said about being ‘retired and fly fishing-the walker comment being a joke). Why the heck not do one with Dirty Harry retired….just trying to put ‘it all behind’ him…when local punks…a wayward murderer or what ever just happens to come his way? I can see the whole scen where after the local cops or FBI ‘pay the ‘old man’ no mind…where he then goes to the Safety deposit box and whips out the 44′. Under those circumstances, , what would he age have to do with it? Do you think if Harry was real he’s be no longer pissed off at injustice cause his hair grayed? Sheesh, have a little imagination people!

  • Donny B


    All the nay-sayers are soooooooooooo hung up on his age, I think lost in all this is what Clint said himself about being ‘retired and fly fishing’ (the walker comment being a joke). I think he may NOT have bidding kdding so much as he may have been ‘testing’ the waters’. Why the heck not do one with Dirty Harry- retired…..just trying to put ‘it all behind’ him…when local punks, a wayward murderer or WHOEVER just happens to come his way? I can see the whole scene where, after the local cops or FBI ‘pay the ‘old man’ no mind, he then goes to his Safety deposit box and whips out the 44 Magnum . Under those circumstances, , what would he age have to do with it? Do you think if Harry was real he’s be no longer pissed off at injustice cause his hair grayed? Sheesh, have a little imagination people!

  • sam savage

    No way is this the new Dirty Harry movie. I check IMDB and it said that Clint Eastwood was playing a guy named Walt Kolwalski and not Harry Callahan and I saw the filming locations were in Detroit, MI and not San Francisco, CA and Dirty Harry is in San Francisco not Detroit. So with those two reasons this is not a new Dirty Harry movie.

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  • mR.iNsAnE

    WHAT? Look, I jot offened when I heard that they were making Live Free Or Die Hard, but when I saw it, I was ready for number five! Rambo, Rocky, Indie, I wouldn’t mind seeing another .357 blowing about thirty guys away one last time…and 77 in age don’t mean a thing now day…as stated above, Rambo, Rocky, Indie, Die Hard…BRING IT PUNK! I FEEL LUCK AS A MOTHER F*CKER!

  • mR.iNsAnE

    Besides….If I have to sit through another CGI filled film, like Transformers 2 or the supposed Pirates 4 then I’ll use a .357 on myself! I mean, that is most likely the reason all the classic good guys are coming back for one last show down with the thugs who are young and think they’re so cool…old school justice baby, it never gets old. FEEL ME?

    And I can’t wait for Beverly Hills Cop 4, Eddie Murphy is funny as hell in those films!

  • Ron

    This is not a Dirty Harry film.

    But it is a very good movie.

  • I saw a trailer for Gran Torino recently. Clint Eastwood is the coolest old man I have ever seen. I thought he was beginning to look frail in the behind the scenes documentaries for the movies he recently directed, but it looks like he buffed up for this role. Well, at least he’s not looking frail.

    He might as well be Harry Callahan from what I saw in the trailer. An old man with a shotgun is still a formidable foe. There’s something about an old man giving it to punks that makes me happy. I hope all the old people go out to see this movie and make this a blockbuster. I wouldn’t mind seeing this as a new trend. Too bad Charles Bronson is no longer with us.

    Sean, you should have a Film Junk poll about which elderly actor would be believable whooping young people’s asses. Sean Connery? Harrison Ford?

  • I think that all those who look at Clint’s age are like all the other critics who have nothing else to do but complain and cry about everything. What is wrong with these people? do they not have a mirror at home?

  • lon

    Gran Torino is a great movie. I hope all on here who made the disparaging remarks take time to see it. He will win an oscar for this movie for sure.

  • Uh… I’m pretty sure he won’t.

  • Stop being so negative Sean! Sure he will!! :)




    I loved this movie and can relate to every word. I believe, Clint Eastwood will get many awards for this movie and wish him the best.

  • eber hart

    The ‘ever earnest’, long rich and established,
    one-note Eastwood continues to tow the Hollywood line
    and maintain TOTAL BALKING SILENCE on the staggering
    revelations of ‘peacetime’ genocide -decades AFTER
    WWII -in their ‘fave’ captive mass market franchise
    slum —ACROSS the Pacific.

    SORRY CLINT! ‘Gran Torino? -a total cop-out! esp.
    as millions continue to suffer and die on this,
    the once again ‘mysteriously overlooked’ 60th Anniversary of the epically, eerily, urgently
    relevant –STILL unfolding—KOREAN WAR…