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Road to Perdition (2002)

 -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  12 July 2002 (USA)
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Bonds of loyalty are put to the test when a hitman's son witnesses what his father does for a living.

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Craig Spidle ...
Rooney's Henchman
Ian Barford ...
Rooney's Henchman
Stephen P. Dunn ...
Finn McGovern's Henchman (as Stephen Dunn)
Paul Turner ...
Finn McGovern's Henchman
Kathleen Keane ...
Irish Musician
Brendan McKinney ...
Irish Musician
Jackie Moran ...
Irish Musician
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Storyline

1931. Mike Sullivan and Connor Rooney are two henchmen of elderly Chicago-based Irish-American mobster John Rooney, Connor's father. In many respects, John treats Mike more as his son, who he raised as his own after Mike was orphaned, than the volatile Connor, who nonetheless sees himself as the heir apparent to the family business. One evening, Mike's eldest son, twelve year old Michael Sullivan Jr., who has no idea what his father does for a living, witnesses Connor and his father gun down an associate and his men, the situation gone wrong initiated from an action by Connor. Caught witnessing the incident, Michael is sworn to secrecy about what he saw. Regardless, Connor, not wanting any loose ends, makes an attempt to kill Mike, his wife and their two sons. Mike and the surviving members of his family know that they need to go on the run as Connor, who has gone into hiding, will be protected through mob loyalty, especially by John, who cannot turn on his own flesh and blood. Still,... Written by Huggo

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Every father is a hero to his son. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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12 July 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Camino a la perdición  »

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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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The scene where John Rooney (Paul Newman) and Michael Sullivan (Tom Hanks) are playing the piano together, was originally supposed to be an Irish dance sequence shared between the two of them. See more »

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(at around 47 mins) While driving into Chicago, Sullivan passes an athletic field with modern outdoor lighting. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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Thanks to all at the Donmar Warehouse Theatre, London See more »

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References Honkytonk Man (1982) See more »

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Alma Redemptoris Mater
Written by Juan García de Salazar (uncredited)
Performed by Choir of Kings College Cambridge
Courtesy of EMI Classics
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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One of the best gangster movies in the new century
23 February 2005 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

I talk with my friend for this film the other day. I liked this film very much the day I watched in the theater & much better when I saw this film another time on DVD. The Conrad L. Hall cinematography is amazing & the colors, shadows a lights are finest. It's very comic, but at the same time very dark & adult cinema. The Sam Mendes direct's are excellent for the second movie he made. The first it's a totally classic. "American Beauty" The Thomas Newman score it's very poetic and complex. The instruments mix are very beautiful. The actors are amazing in different levels. I love the Tom Haks character, Paul Newman are incredible for the boss, & Jude Law looks very lethal. I love this movie a lot & I consider the cult classic of the 2000 movies. I haven't seen a decent gangster movie since Goodfellas by Martin Scorsese & Miller's crossing by Coen Brothers.


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