Road to Perdition

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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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Mike Sullivan (Tom Hanks) is an enforcer for powerful Depression-era Midwestern mobster John Rooney (Paul Newman). Rooney's son, Connor (Daniel Craig), is jealous of the close bond they share, and when Mike's eldest son, Michael (Tyler Hoechlin), witnesses a hit, Connor uses the incident as an excuse to murder Sullivan's wife (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and youngest son. Forced to flee, Sullivan and Michael set out on a journey of revenge and self-discovery.

Cast & Crew

Tom Hanks
Michael Sullivan
Paul Newman
John Rooney
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Sullivan
Stanley Tucci
Frank Nitti
Daniel Craig
Connor Rooney
Tyler Hoechlin
Michael Sullivan, Jr.
Liam Aiken
Peter Sullivan
Dylan Baker
Alexander Rance
Ciarán Hinds
Finn McGovern
Walter F. Parkes
Executive Producer
Joan Bradshaw
Executive Producer
Conrad L. Hall
Director of Photography
Dennis Gassner
Production Designer
Jill Bilcock
Film Editor
Albert Wolsky
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  • So is Perdition still a must-see? No question. But it's tough to fuss about it much when a picture is this fussy.

    April 14, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Mike Clark

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

    April 14, 2013

    David Denby

    New Yorker
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  • 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.

    April 14, 2013 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    August 8, 2008

    Todd McCarthy

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

    April 17, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Ploughing a furrowed brow, Hanks is fatally miscast -- except that the story turns so sentimental and bathetic, he's actually in his element.

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Road to Perdition

  • Mar 16, 2016
    Featuring stunning cinematography, impressive production design and great performances. Road to Perdition is beautiful, adventurous while also being brooding.
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • Nov 27, 2013
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  • Jul 11, 2013
    From director Sam Mendes comes the period crime drama Road to Perdition. Based on a graphic novel, when the wife and youngest son of mob enforcer Michael Sullivan are murdered he turns against his boss in order to get revenge. Starring Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, and Jude Law, the film has an impressive cast. And, Mendes's directing is excellent; creating a rich, atmospheric tone. The score by Thomas Newman is also exceptionally good. However, the characters are poorly developed and aren't very engaging. Road to Perdition has a few bumps, but it's a remarkably compelling and beautiful looking film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2012
    I enjoyed every minute of this film and the cinematography is brilliant.
    Jason 123 D Super Reviewer

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