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Road to Perdition (2002)



Critic Consensus: Somber, stately, and beautifully mounted, Sam Mendes' Road to Perdition is a well-crafted mob movie that explores the ties between fathers and sons.

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A hit man for an Irish gang in the Depression-era Midwest, hit man Michael Sullivan is known to friends and enemies alike as the Angel of Death. Uncompromising in his work, Sullivan is just as devoted to his private life as an upstanding husband and father of two young boys. But when those worlds collide, taking the lives of his wife and younger son, Sullivan and his surviving son, Michael Jr. leave their sedate home life behind and embark on a startling journey of revenge and self-discovery.more
Rating: R (for violence and language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Max Allan Collins, Richard Piers Rayner, David Self
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 25, 2003
Box Office: $104.1M
DreamWorks SKG - Official Site


Tom Hanks
as Michael Sullivan
Paul Newman
as John Rooney
Jude Law
as Maguire
Stanley Tucci
as Frank Nitti
Tyler Hoechlin
as Michael Sullivan Jr.
Rob Maxey
as Drugstore Owner
Dylan Barker
as Alexander Rance
Nicolas Cade
as Boy Michael Fights
Craig Spidle
as Rooney's Henchman
Ian Barford
as Rooney's Henchman
Nicholas Cade
as Boy Michael Fights
Stephen Dunn
as Finn McGovern's Henc...
Paul Turner
as Finn McGovern's Henc...
Maureen Gallagher
as Michael's Teacher
Kevin Chamberlin
as Frank The Bouncer
Juanita Wilson
as Brothel Maid
Stephen P. Dunn
as Finn McGovern's Henc...
Roderick Peeples
as Nitti's Henchman
Maurie Gallagher
as Michael's Teacher
Keith Kupferer
as Nitti's Henchman
Lee Roy Rogers
as Secretary
Kathleen Keane
as Irish Musician
Kieran O'Hare
as Irish Musician
Jackie Moran
as Irish Musician
Brendan McKinney
as Irish Musician
John Sierros
as Rooney's Business As...
Jon Sattler
as Rooney's Business As...
Michael Brockman
as Rooney's Business As...
John Judd
as Rooney's Business As...
Christian Stolte
as Rooney's Business As...
Jack Callahan
as Rooney's Business As...
The Monte Carlos
as Living Corpse
Kurt Naebig
as Tenement Murderer
Lance Baker
as Crime Scene Policema...
as Living Corpse
Duane Sharp
as Father Callaway
Diane Dorsey
as Aunt Sarah
Michael Sassone
as Motel Manager
John Sterchi
as Cop At Diner
Robert Jones
as Farmer at Diner
Lara Phillips
as Ruby The Waitress
Harry Groener
as Mr. McDougal
Mina Badie
as Betty The Waitress
Ed Kross
as Young Bank Manager
Phil Ridarelli
as Hotel Manager
Peggy Roeder
as Farmer Virginia
James Greene
as Farmer Bill
Jobe Cerny
as Banker
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Critic Reviews for Road to Perdition

All Critics (214) | Top Critics (44)

So is Perdition still a must-see? No question. But it's tough to fuss about it much when a picture is this fussy.

Full Review… | April 14, 2013
USA Today
Top Critic

Visually, the picture is all of a piece, but it's a self-conscious piece of work -- all dark-toned academic classicism.

Full Review… | April 14, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

What makes the movie pay off is moving pictures of real action and of intimate scenes between man and boy that are all the more moving for being understated.

Full Review… | April 14, 2013
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

While crisply edited and unindulgent, Mendes' work is gratifyingly old-school in its rejection of modern-day stylistic agitation, the better to achieve a slow but inexorable build to its climax.

Full Review… | August 8, 2008
Top Critic

Sam Mendes's 2002 follow-up to American Beauty finds him every bit as adept, arty, and Oscar hungry.

Full Review… | April 17, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Ploughing a furrowed brow, Hanks is fatally miscast -- except that the story turns so sentimental and bathetic, he's actually in his element.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Road to Perdition


Sporting a terrific ensemble cast, stunning cinematography and an intriguing insight into fatherhood amidst the chaos of the mob, Sam Mendes' crime drama manages to explore familiar themes in a fresh and emotionally resonant fashion.

Liam Gadd
Liam Gadd

Super Reviewer



Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Enforcer Tom Hanks is forced to go on the run when his son witnesses a mob hit in his gloriously photographed gangster related road movie from Sam Mendes. In fact little about the film can be faulted technically; all the performances are first rate, it looks absolutely gorgeous and the score is haunting and beautiful. The brief explosions of violence counterpoint the warmth of the father-son relationship well and Mendes' particular brand of visual elegance is particularly pleasing. In fact it's hard to believe that the film is an adaptation of a comic book as it all feels very adult, preferring to explore the characters and their relationships to the kind of comic strip violence you'd usually associate with the genre, which makes for an unusually moving story considering the story revolves around Tommy gun toting gangsters. A refreshingly different take on the crime thriller.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Road to Perdition Quotes

Michael Sullivan Jr.: What are gonna do?
Michael Sullivan: Just one last thing, and then it's done.
– Submitted by Lucas B (56 days ago)
Michael Sullivan Jr.: What are you gonna do?
Michael Sullivan: Just one last thing, and then it's done.
– Submitted by Lucas B (56 days ago)
John Rooney: I'm glad it's you...
– Submitted by Max L (2 years ago)
Michael Sullivan: I saw then that my father's only fear was that his son would follow the same road. And that was the last time I ever held a gun. People always thought I grew up on a farm. And I guess, in a way, I did. But I lived a lifetime before that, in those six weeks on the road in the winter of 1931. When people ask me if Michael Sullivan was a good man, or if there was just no good in him at all, I always give the same answer. I just tell them... he was my father.
– Submitted by Bkas M (4 years ago)

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