Road to Perdition

Road to Perdition

Sam Mendes (2002)

15 Certificate


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Director Sam Mendes here follows up his superlative Oscar winner American Beauty with another riveting, intelligent drama imbued with lyrical imagery. Based on a graphic novel set during the Depression era, it features Tom Hanks as a feared hitman working for Irish-American Mob boss Paul Newman, who regards him as a son. Professional and familial loyalties become blurred when Hanks's own family is targeted, forcing him to take to the road with his eldest son, as he embarks on a systematic course of revenge against his betrayers. Comparable to the Coen brothers' Miller's Crossing, this evocative gangster movie boasts superb photography, production design and score, which utterly transport the audience back to moody 1930s Chicago. Cast against type, Hanks - whose haunted eyes speak volumes - is a model of unruffled understatement, while an intimidating Newman radiates his usual strong presence. Jude Law's eccentric killer feels too much like a colourful movie creation, but is the only minor setback in a remarkable second feature from Mendes.


Devoted husband and father Michael Sullivan leads a secret life as a hitman, but faces a crisis when his son witnesses his involvement in a killing. The lad promises to keep his mouth shut, but one of Sullivan's fellow gangsters wipes out the rest of his family - forcing father and son to go on the run together. Sam Mendes' crime drama set in Depression-era Chicago, starring Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Jude Law, Daniel Craig and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Cast & Crew

Michael Sullivan Tom Hanks
John Rooney Paul Newman
Maguire Jude Law
Annie Sullivan Jennifer Jason Leigh
Michael Sullivan Jr Tyler Hoechlin
Frank Nitti Stanley Tucci
Connor Rooney Daniel Craig
Peter Sullivan Liam Aiken
Alexander Rance Dylan Baker
Finn McGovern Ciaran Hinds
Director Sam Mendes
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 20 Sep 2002