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Road to Perdition (2002)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rob Maxey ...
Drugstore Owner
Craig Spidle ...
Ian Barford ...
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


1931. Mike Sullivan and Connor Rooney are two henchmen of elderly downstate IL-based (Quad City area, though much of the action takes place in the Chicago area) 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 ... Written by Huggo

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Every son holds the future for his father. See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 July 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Camino a la perdición  »

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Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,079,481, 14 July 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Anthony LaPaglia filmed a scene in which he played Al Capone, but it was decided to leave Capone off-screen, and so his scene was deleted. LaPaglia is listed first in the "Special Thanks" section of the credits as a result. LaPaglia played Frank Nitti in Frank Nitti: The Enforcer (1988). See more »


(at around 1h 30 mins) The Catholic clergy's vestments have a more modern "poncho" style chasuble. In the 1930s, they would have worn the "fiddle-back" style. See more »


[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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Crazy Credits

Thanks to all at the Donmar Warehouse Theatre, London See more »


References The Verdict (1982) See more »


Queer Notions
Written by Coleman Hawkins
Performed by Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra
Courtesy of Living Era
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Hall Leaves On A High Note
2 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

Conrad Hall went out with a bang. The great film photographer finished his illustrious career with this movie before passing on. He did himself proud as this is one of the best-looking crime films you'll ever see.

Of course, the acting ain't bad when you have Tom Hanks and Paul Newman playing the leads! The amount of action in here is just right, too: not too much; not too little.

None of the characters in here, frankly, are "good guys" as Hanks is a professional hit-man for town boss Newman. Hanks' only redeeming quality is not wanting his young son to wind up a killer like him, although he does teach him how to be the getaway man in robberies! Huh?

As good as the acting is and as interesting as the story is, the real star of this film is cinematographer Hall, who paints scene after beautiful scene with his lens. His work is just awesome.

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