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Road to Perdition

  • Drama
  • Crime/detective
  • 2002
  • Sam Mendes
  • 112 mins
  • 15

Summary

Period crime drama starring Tom Hanks and Paul Newman. The Midwest in the 1930s: when the profession of ruthless hitman Michael Sullivan is discovered, a killer is sent to eradicate him and his family. But Sullivan and his 12-year-old son escape and embark upon a life-changing journey of revenge.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Director Sam Mendes followed 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.

Credits

Cast

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Michael SullivanTom Hanks
John RooneyPaul Newman
MaguireJude Law
Annie SullivanJennifer Jason Leigh
Michael Sullivan JrTyler Hoechlin
Frank NittiStanley Tucci
Connor RooneyDaniel Craig
Peter SullivanLiam Aiken
Alexander RanceDylan Baker
Finn McGovernCiaran Hinds

Crew

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DirectorSam Mendes

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox
Released on
2002-09-20
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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