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Plot, Details & Awards

Road to Perdition

Rated R for violence and language.

R In Theaters 07/12/2002 , 116min.
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Plot & Details

The acclaimed graphic novel from crime writer Max Allan Collins becomes this big budget Dreamworks drama from director Sam Mendes and screenwriter David Self. Tom Hanks stars as Michael Sullivan, a morally conflicted Depression-era hit man committing murder in the name of his employer, John Rooney (Paul Newman). A kindly, aging Irish crime boss who raised Sullivan as his surrogate son, Rooney is affiliated with Al Capone in Chicago and thus wields great power in the "Tri-Cities" of Moline, IL; Rock Island, IL; and Davenport, IA. Curious about his father's mysterious profession, Sullivan's son, Michael Jr. (Tyler Hoechlin), stows away in his father's automobile one night and witnesses the execution of a man at the hands of Sullivan and Rooney's biological son, Connor (Daniel Craig). Although Michael keeps his promise to remain silent about what he's seen, the paranoid and unstable Connor tries to wipe out the entire Sullivan clan anyway, succeeding only in killing Sullivan's wife, Annie (Jennifer Jason Leigh), and youngest son, Peter (Liam Aiken). Enraged at this and another surprise betrayal by the Rooneys, Sullivan embarks on a path of bloody retribution, Michael in tow. Although he intends to leave his boy with relatives in the rural town of Perdition once the coast is clear, he ends up exposing Michael to the goriest aspects of his talents, slaughtering former associates as he dodges contract assassin Maguire (Jude Law) and cripples the cash flow of the Rooney and Capone organizations through a series of bank robberies, attempting to force either mob family to offer up the sequestered Connor as a sacrifice. Inspired by the popular Japanese comic book series Lone Wolf and Cub and based loosely on an episode from the life and career of notorious real-life crime figures John and Connor Looney, Road to Perdition co-stars Stanley Tucci as legendary Chicago mobster Frank Nitti.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Bob Beemer Nominated
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Scott Millan Nominated
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Paul Newman Nominated
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound John Pritchett Nominated
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Editing Scott A. Hecker Nominated
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Dennis Gassner Nominated
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Conrad L. Hall Won
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Nancy Haigh Nominated
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Score Thomas Newman Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2002 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Paul Newman Nominated

American Society of Cinematographers

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2002 American Society of Cinematographers Best Cinematography Conrad L. Hall Won

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Young Actor/Actress Tyler Hoechlin Nominated
2003 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Picture Nominated
2002 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Picture Nominated
2002 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Young Performer Tyler Hoechlin Nominated
2003 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Paul Newman Nominated
2002 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Paul Newman Nominated

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2002 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Cinematography (Runner-up) Conrad L. Hall Won

Toronto Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2002 Toronto Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor [Runner-up] Paul Newman Won

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