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Road to Perdition (2002)
117 min - Crime | Drama | Thriller - 12 July 2002 (USA)
Bonds of loyalty are put to the test when a hitman's son
witnesses what his father does for a living.
Director: Sam Mendes
Writers: Max Allan Collins (graphic novel), Richard Piers
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Stars: Tom Hanks, Tyler Hoechlin, Rob Maxey |
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Paul Newman ... John Rooney
Liam Aiken ... Peter Sullivan
Jude Law ... Harlen Maguire
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Annie Sullivan
Daniel Craig ... Connor Rooney
Ciarán Hinds ... Finn McGovern
Craig Spidle ... Rooney's Henchman
Ian Barford ... Rooney's Henchman
Stephen P. Dunn ... Finn McGovern's Henchman (as Stephen Dunn)
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Storyline
Mike Sullivan works as a hit man for crime boss John Rooney. Sullivan views Rooney as a
father figure. However after his son is witness to a killing he has done Mike Sullivan finds him
self on the run trying to save the life of his son and at the same time looking for revenge on
those who wronged him. Jude Law co stars as a hit man hired to kill Sullivan.
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Plot Keywords: revenge | hitman | on the run | driving lesson | piano duet | See more »
Taglines: Every son holds the future for his father. See more »
Genres: Crime | Drama | Thriller
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Official Sites: DreamWorks [United States] | Fox [UK]
Country: USA
Language: English
Release Date: 12 July 2002 (USA) See more »
Also Known As: Road to Perdition See more »
Filming Locations: Aurora, Illinois, USA See more »
Box Office
Budget: $80.000.000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend: $797.627 (Italy) (20 December 2002)
Gross: $40.935.560 (Europe) (10 January 2003)
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Runtime: 117 min
Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS
Color: Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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Despite the fact that this was filmed in Super 35, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end
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Goofs
In Rance's hotel room Rance is presumably naked under a bathrobe and he makes a big
spectacle of sitting down and crossing his bare legs and feet when he calls room service for
a boiled egg, but when Sullivan enters the room shortly thereafter (as Rance is eating his
egg) Rance is still unclothed in the bathrobe, but now has on black socks and dress shoes
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Michael Sullivan, Jr.: There are many stories about Michael Sullivan. Some say he was a
decent man. Some say there was no good in him at all. But I once spent 6 weeks on the
road with him, in the winter of 1931. This is our story.
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Performed by the "Irish Musicians" (John M. Williams, Kathleen Keane, Brendan McKinney,
Jackie Moran and Kieran O'Hare)
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is Road to Perdition a remake of Lone Wolf and Cub?
Q: Why did Mike kill Mr. Kelly?/Did he take the money?
Q: The film ends with a dedication to Conrad L. Hall. Who was he?
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Simply Beautiful
2 March 2005 | by archienhi (Australia) – See all my reviews
I loved so much about this movie...the time taken to develop the characters, the attention to detail, the superb performances, the stunning
lighting and cinematography, the wonderful soundtrack...
It has a combined intensity and lightness of touch that won't work for anyone who wants the typical fast-paced action flick. If we lived in
Elizabethan days, I'd say this movie's a bit like a Shakespearean tragedy. But since we don't, let's say it's more like a Drama-Suspense
movie.
The plot is simple, but the story is complex. The movie is intelligent in the way relationships and issues are explored. Much of the story is
shown rather than told, which I find makes it more subtle and moving - and which also works well for a story based on a comic book (or
graphic novel). At times I felt I was actually there in the 1930s, part of this story - there was such a realistic yet dream-like quality in the
style of its telling.
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I don't often prefer movies to the books they were based upon, but in this case I do. (Though I did enjoy the book too.) I've bought the
DVD, which is great because it has some wonderful deleted scenes and insightful commentary.
(I also took my little cousin, who's a little younger than the boy in the movie, to see it after I saw it for the first time, because he has issues
at home and I wanted to use this as a way of starting a discussion on father-son issues with him. He loved it - and the discussion.)
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