• Road to Perdition (2002)

Road to Perdition

Release Date: July 12th, 2002

DVD Release Date: February 25th, 2003

R |1 hr 56 min

Plot Summary

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: Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Stanley Tucci, Daniel Craig, Tyler Hoechlin, Liam Aiken

Director: Sam Mendes

Genres: Crime drama

Production Co: Zanuck Company

Distributors: DreamWorks SKG

Keywords: Son, Father, Suspenseful, 1930s, Escape, Dark, Murder, Sacrifice

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    It's a genteel film with a gun in its pocket, but it's also a film with a universal chord of feeling that keeps welling up from the dark surfaces and violent byways of the plot-and a final confession that both warms the heart and chills the blood. show more

  • 100
    Rene RodriguezMiami Herald

    Overflowing with melancholy and tragedy, Road to Perdition is one of the most somber gangster pictures ever made. show more

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Choice, a luxury of the Corleones, is denied to the Sullivans and Rooneys, and choice or its absence is the difference between Sophocles and Shakespeare. I prefer Shakespeare. show more

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Awards

Nominated Sound
Nominated Art Direction
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
Winner Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2003)
Winner Cinematography
Nominated Sound Editing
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2003)
Winner Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2003)