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Release Date:
12 July 2002 (USA) See more »
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Pray for Michael Sullivan See more »
Plot:
Bonds of loyalty are put to the test when a hitman's son witnesses what his father does for a living. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 25 wins & 59 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tyler Hoechlin ... Michael Sullivan Jr.
Rob Maxey ... Drugstore Owner

Liam Aiken ... Peter Sullivan

Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Annie Sullivan

Tom Hanks ... Michael Sullivan

Paul Newman ... John Rooney

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)
Paul Turner ... Finn McGovern's Henchman
Kathleen Keane ... Irish Musician
Brendan McKinney ... Irish Musician
Jackie Moran ... Irish Musician
Kieran O'Hare ... Irish Musician
John M. Williams ... Irish Musician
Nicolas Cade ... Boy Michael Fights

David Darlow ... Jack Kelly

Dylan Baker ... Alexander Rance

I.N. Sierros ... Rooney's Business Associate (as John Sierros)
Jon Sattler ... Rooney's Business Associate
Michael Brockman ... Rooney's Business Associate
John Judd ... Rooney's Business Associate

Christian Stolte ... Rooney's Business Associate
Jack Callahan ... Rooney's Business Associate

Maureen Gallagher ... Michael's Teacher

Kevin Chamberlin ... Frank the Bouncer
Juanita Wilson ... Brothel Maid

Doug Spinuzza ... Calvino

Roderick Peeples ... Nitti's Henchman
Keith Kupferer ... Nitti's Henchman
Lee Roy Rogers ... Secretary

Stanley Tucci ... Frank Nitti

Jude Law ... Maguire

Kurt Naebig ... Tenement Murderer

Lance Baker ... Crime Scene Policeman
Monte ... Living Corpse

Duane Sharp ... Father Callaway
Diane Dorsey ... Aunt Sarah

Michael Sassone ... Motel Manager
John Sterchi ... Cop at Diner
Robert Jones ... Farmer at Diner

Lara Phillips ... Ruby the Waitress

Harry Groener ... Mr. McDougal
JoBe Cerny ... Banker (as Jobe Cerny)

Lawrence MacGowan ... Banker
Timothy Hendrickson ... Banker
Marty Higginbotham ... Banker

Mina Badie ... Betty the Waitress

Ed Kross ... Young Bank Manager

Heidi Jayne Netzley ... Prostitute
Phil Ridarelli ... Hotel Manager
Peggy Roeder ... Farmer Virginia
James Greene ... Farmer Bill
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Anthony LaPaglia ... Al Capone (scenes deleted)
James Currie ... Factory Worker (uncredited)
Richard Dunn ... Pedestrian (uncredited)

Joe Fontana ... Business Man (uncredited)

Reese Foster ... Bank Customer (uncredited)
Kelly Hill ... Dancer (uncredited)
Gene Janson ... Chief of Police (uncredited)
Cory Krueckeberg ... Young Irish Lover (uncredited)

George J. Manisco ... Nitti Thug #4 (uncredited)

Mark Morettini ... Nitti Thug #5 (uncredited)
Martin Murphy ... Patron at the Library (uncredited)
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Directed by
Sam Mendes 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Max Allan Collins (graphic novel) and
Richard Piers Rayner (graphic novel)

David Self (screenplay)

Produced by
Joan Bradshaw .... executive producer
Tara B. Cook .... associate producer
Cherylanne Martin .... associate producer
Sam Mendes .... producer
Walter F. Parkes .... executive producer
Dean Zanuck .... producer
Richard D. Zanuck .... producer
 
Original Music by
Thomas Newman 
 
Cinematography by
Conrad L. Hall (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jill Bilcock 
 
Casting by
Debra Zane 
 
Production Design by
Dennis Gassner 
 
Art Direction by
Richard L. Johnson 
 
Set Decoration by
Nancy Haigh 
 
Costume Design by
Albert Wolsky 
 
Makeup Department
Audrey L. Anzures .... hair stylist
Kathryn Blondell .... hair stylist: Mr. Hanks (as Kathryn L. Blondell)
Linda Rizzuto .... hair stylist (as Linda R. Rizzuto)
Ron Snyder .... makeup artist
Daniel C. Striepeke .... makeup artist: Mr. Hanks
Kathe Swanson .... hair stylist
Linda Boykin-Williams .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Aimee Lippert-Bastian .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Tony Mirante .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Suzi Ostos .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Erica Frauman .... post-production supervisor
Michael J. Malone .... unit production manager: second unit (as Michael Malone)
Cherylanne Martin .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve Battaglia .... second second assistant director
Doug Coleman .... second unit director
K.C. Hodenfield .... first assistant director
Jeff Okabayashi .... second assistant director
Richard S. Lederer .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Paige Augustine .... key set dresser
Steven Lee Baer .... drapery foreman (as Steven Baer)
Chris Baker .... storyboard artist (as Christopher Baker)
Thomas E. Brown .... paint supervisor
Tony Chance .... storyboard artist (as Tony James Chance)
Daniel B. Clancy .... leadman (as Daniel Clancy)
John 'Whitey' Crisman .... foreman (as John Crisman)
Chris Cummings .... art department coordinator
James M. Davis .... construction foreman
Guillaume DeLouche .... assistant property master
Jeff Dieter .... stand-by greens
Jann K. Engel .... assistant art director (as Jann Engel)
Tom Gagnon .... swing gang
Scott Getzinger .... assistant property master
Michael D. Gianneschi .... assistant property master
Ted Haigh .... assistant art director
Doug Harlocker .... property master (as Douglas Harlocker)
Aaron C. Holden Jr. .... swing gang
Larry Laurent .... paint foreman
Leslie 'Tinker' Linville .... gang boss (as Tinker Linville)
Blake E. Matthys .... swing gang
Cyril H. Matthys .... swing gang
Quentin Matthys .... swing gang
Thomas Minton .... assistant art director
Larry Misselhorn .... greens foreman
Jon Nicholson .... on-set dresser
Benjamin Nowicki .... set decorating coordinator (as Ben Nowicki)
Troy Osman .... construction coordinator: Chicago (as Troy O. Osman)
Jeff Passanante .... construction coordinator
William Patterson .... art department assistant
Bill Phillips .... construction estimator
Walter J. Piers .... swing gang
Joel Prihoda .... swing gang
Thomas J. Ridgen .... swing gang
Kerry Sanders .... set designer
Henry Schaub .... stand-by painter (as Henry V. Schaub III)
David Tennenbaum .... set designer
Scott Troha .... gang boss
Daryl Ziemke .... swing gang
Richard F. Anderson .... set dresser (uncredited)
Phillip Ellman .... greensman (uncredited)
Anthony Joseph Fatigato .... painter (uncredited)
Thomas J. Glynn .... laborer (uncredited)
Mike Monckton .... lead signwriter (uncredited)
Michael Mosley .... art department coordinator: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Tom Osman .... labor foreman (uncredited)
Tyler Osman .... construction foreman (uncredited)
John J. Slove Jr. .... propmaker (uncredited)
Mark Sparks .... propmaker foreman (uncredited)
Mike Villarino .... construction coordinator: LA unit (uncredited)
Mark Weissenfluh .... co-leadman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bill Banyai .... sound engineer
Benjamin Beardwood .... dialogue editor
Bob Beemer .... sound re-recording mixer
Lane Burch .... foley mixer
Carmen Flores De Tanis .... assistant sound editor (as Carmen Flores de Tanis)
Matthew Dettmann .... foley artist (as Matt Dettmann)
Joe Dorn .... supervising adr editor
Rickley W. Dumm .... assistant sound editor
John P. Fasal .... sound effects recordist (as John Fasal)
Gary A. Hecker .... foley artist (as Gary Hecker)
Scott Hecker .... supervising sound editor (as Scott A. Hecker)
Jason W. Jennings .... sound effects editor
Kenneth L. Johnson .... sound effects editor
Gary Lewis .... dialogue editor
Howard London .... adr mixer
Scott Millan .... sound re-recording mixer
Eric A. Norris .... sound effects editor
Mark Pappas .... supervising foley editor
Fred Peck III .... sound re-recordist (as Fred W. Peck III)
John Pritchett .... production sound mixer (as John Patrick Pritchett)
David M. Roberts .... boom operator
David Stanke .... assistant sound editor
Bruce Tanis .... sound effects editor
David Weisberg .... adr mixer
Ronald L. Wright .... cable person
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer (uncredited)
Todd Niesen .... sound editor (uncredited)
Andy Potvin .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby Stereo (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Mike Wood .... sound effects editor: UK (uncredited)
Ronald L. Wright .... second boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
William Dambra .... special effects
Allen Hall .... special effects coordinator (as Allen L. Hall)
Matthew Hall .... special effects
Gary L. Karas .... special effects
John D. Milinac .... special effects foreman
John Rigden .... special effects
Frank Toro .... special effects
John Cluff .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Ryan Evans .... special effects (uncredited)
Thomas Kittle .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Michael Petrucci .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Rob Yale .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Matthew Adams .... rotoscope supervisor: Cinesite
Ted Andre .... compositor: Cinesite
Lynn Basas .... motion tracker: Cinesite
Paul Clemente .... visual effects producer: Cinesite
Kyle DeVriendt .... vault manager: Cinesite
Michael L. Fink .... visual effects supervisor: second unit (as Michael Fink)
Paul Howarth .... visual effects editor: Cinesite
Krystine Lankenau .... rotoscope artist: Cinesite (as Kristine Lankenau)
David Lingenfelser .... composite supervisor: Cinesite
Michael J. McAlister .... visual effects supervisor: Cinesite (as Micheal J. McAlister)
Dante Quintana .... motion tracker: Cinesite
Sean Rourke .... discreet logic editor: Cinesite
Tiffany Smith .... visual effects production coordinator: Cinesite
Arthur Sutherland .... motion tracker: Cinesite
Tracy Takahashi .... visual effects associate producer: Cinesite
Jonathan Alvord .... Avid editor (uncredited)
Jeffrey Edward Baksinski .... 3D manager: Cinesite (uncredited)
Dennis Hoffman .... head of production: Cinesite (uncredited)
Andrew Hofman .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Fred Jimenez .... 3D technical assistant: Cinesite (uncredited)
Kevin LaNeave .... video editor (uncredited)
Vincent Lavares .... digital asset manager (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Joey Box .... utility stunts
Frank P. Calzavara .... stunts (as Frank Calzavara)
Doug Coleman .... stunt coordinator
Darrell Davis .... stunts (as Darrell Craig Davis)
James Fierro .... stunts (as Jim Fierro)
Billy Judkins .... stunts
Rick Le Fevour .... stunts (as Rick LeFevour)
Tom Lowell .... stunts
James R. Mammoser .... stunts (as Jim Mammoser)
Bob Marrocco .... stunts
Allen Robinson .... utility stunts
Kerry Rossall .... stunts
Rick Shuster .... stunts
Kevin Sorensen .... stunts
Fred Thorne .... utility stunts
Rich Wilkie .... stunts (as Rich Wilke)
Daniel W. Barringer .... stunts (uncredited)
Kim Kahana Jr. .... stunt double (uncredited)
Chris Palermo .... stunts (uncredited)
Allen Robinson .... stunt double: Tom Hanks (uncredited)
Shirley Smrz .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kelly R. Borisy .... key grip: Chicago
Cortland Boyd .... electrician
Clyde E. Bryan .... first assistant camera
Vince Cordero .... best boy rigging gaffer: Chicago (as Vince E. Cordero)
François Duhamel .... still photographer
Ross Dunkerley .... assistant chief lighting technician
Adam Fogelson .... rigging gaffer: Chicago
Fred Folmer .... best boy grip: Chicago
Christopher Glasgow .... grip
Jack Glenn .... crane grip
Chris Glomp .... best boy electric: Chicago (as Christopher Glomp)
David Golia .... director of photography: second unit (as David John Golia)
James Hartnett .... best boy rigging grip: Chicago (as Jimmy Hartnett)
Matthew Haskins .... camera loader
Mauriece Jacks Jr. .... video operator
Jason Johnson .... best boy rigging grip
Gerald A. King .... key rigging grip (as Jerry King)
Robert Krzeminski .... grip
John Lacy .... rigging gaffer
Kevin J. Lanke .... electrician
Joseph M. Lyons .... electrician (as Joe Lyons)
Glen Purdy .... best boy grip
James F. Roorda .... key rigging grip: Chicago
P. Scott Sakamoto .... Steadicam operator
P. Scott Sakamoto .... camera operator
Kory Salajka .... grip (as Koren Salajka)
Mike Schwake .... dolly grip (as Michael Schwake)
Tom Stern .... chief lighting technician (as Thomas E. Stern)
Jason Storandt .... grip
Rick Thomas .... gaffer: Chicago
Suzanne Trucks .... second assistant camera (as Suzanne M. Trucks)
Bill Young .... key grip
Kevin Bassett .... camera assistant: second unit (uncredited)
Chris Buzek .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Kelly Diehl .... libra head technician (uncredited)
Curtis Failor .... lamp operator: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Matthew Haskins .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Timothy Jipping .... grip (uncredited)
Donna McLain .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Les Nagy .... grip (uncredited)
Vasco Nunes .... assistant camera: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Terry O'Deen .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Richard Sobin .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Judith Bouley .... additional casting
Leslee Feldman .... casting executive
Tom Gustafson .... key extras casting assistant (as Thomas A. Gustafson)
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Mickie Paskal .... casting consultant: Chicago
Terri Taylor .... casting associate
Rachel Tenner .... casting consultant: Chicago
Pamela Lynn Thomas .... casting assistant (as Pamela Thomas)
Jamie Biehl .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Kendra Carter .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Stephanie Glazer .... additional casting assistant (uncredited)
Kevin Vargus .... casting production assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Patrick Caulfield .... set costumer
Marcy Grace Froehlich .... assistant costume designer (as Marcy Froehlich)
Laurel Frushour .... costumer: Mr. Hanks
Gretchen Gain .... costumer
Jennifer Jobst .... key costumer
Susan Kowarsh .... assistant costume designer
Robert Q. Mathews .... costume supervisor
Heather Pollock .... set costumer
Eva Prappas .... key costumer (as Eva L. Prappas)
Kenn Smiley .... key costumer
Jane Blank .... seamstress (uncredited)
Gordana Golubovich .... set costumer (uncredited)
Sukari McGill .... set costumer (uncredited)
Gina Panno .... costumer (uncredited)
Damien Quinn .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Martin Cohen .... post-production executive
Sven E. Fahlgren .... post-production coordinator (as Sven E.M. Fahlgren)
Celia Haining .... first assistant editor
Phil Hetos .... color timer
Lea Morement .... assistant editor
Aaron Richmond .... editorial production assistant
Dan Schalk .... supervising first assistant editor (as Daniel Schalk)
Jennifer Stellema .... second assistant editor
Alejandro Valdes-Rochin .... apprentice editor
W. Kale Whorton .... editorial production assistant
 
Music Department
Bill Bernstein .... music editor
Julian Bratolyubov .... music copyist
George Budd .... music consultant
Todd Homme .... music executive
Thomas Pasatieri .... orchestrator
Armin Steiner .... music recordist
Chris Tedesco .... musician: trumpet
Thomas Vicari .... music scoring mixer
John M. Williams .... consultant: Irish music
Michael Zainer .... assistant music editor
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
Mark Eshelman .... scoring crew (uncredited)
Jason Lloyd .... scoring crew (uncredited)
Stephanie Murray .... score stage administrator (uncredited)
John Rodd .... orchestral scoring recordist (uncredited)
Pat Weber .... scoring technician (uncredited)
Paul Wertheimer .... score recordist (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Bud Belyeu .... picture car captain
Robert Dulys .... transportation office dispatcher
George Hartmann .... driver: Mr. Hanks (as George W. Hartmann)
James Hogan .... transportation captain (as James A. Hogan)
Robert Neilson .... transportation coordinator
Armand Paoletti .... transportation coordinator: Chicago
Joseph Paoletti .... transportation co-captain (as Joseph J. Paoletti)
Ed Wirth .... driver: Mr. Newman (as Edward Wirth)
Linda Barnes .... driver (uncredited)
Pat Carman .... driver (uncredited)
Bernard Glavin .... driver (uncredited)
Roger Halvorsen .... driver (uncredited)
Kurt Knudsen .... driver (uncredited)
Robert Wallace .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Stacy Adamski .... assistant: Sam Mendes
Stephen Andrzejewski .... location manager
Brenda Berrisford .... assistant: Richard Zanuck
Amanda Brand .... unit publicist (as Amanda J. Brand)
Brady Breen .... location manager
Chris Castaldi .... production assistant
Michael Clossin .... stand-in
Steve Cudzilo .... location office assistant (as Steven Cudzilo)
Renee D. Czarapata .... payroll accountant
James D'Damery Jr. .... second assistant accountant
Orbert Davis .... jazz consultant
Maria DeVane .... post-production accountant
Demetra Diamantopoulos .... location manager
Wileen Dragovan .... location manager
Katherine Ferraro .... stand-in
Nate Flansburgh .... stand-in (as Nate Flansburg)
Peter Friedlander .... assistant: Joan Bradshaw
Karen Garlich .... accounting assistant
Joyce Green .... production assistant
Russell Green .... production assistant (as Russell A. Green)
Kurt Greufe .... first assistant accountant
Michael Grillo .... head of feature production
Tim Hillman .... location manager (as Timothy Hillman)
Melanie Holloway .... assistant: Jude Law
Mark Howard .... choreographer
Martin L. Hudson .... assistant location manager
Joy Johnson .... assistant: Walter Parkes
C. David Jones .... production assistant
Kyoko Kageyama .... travel coordinator
John Karalous .... stand-in
Renee Kitterman .... accounting clerk
Ross L. Kulma .... first aid
Adria Later .... studio teacher
Larry Leahy .... script coordinator
Jill S. Litwin .... set production assistant
Michael B. Louis .... production secretary
Brian Lunt .... projectionist
Kathryn Madden .... craft service (as Kathryn A. Madden)
David Malley .... production secretary
Alicia Marotto .... assistant: Dean Zanuck
James R. McAllister .... assistant location manager
Larry McCaffrey .... technical advisor
Harrison McEldowney .... choreographer
Amy McKenzie .... assistant: Tom Hanks (as Amy Michelle McKenzie)
Carla Meyer .... dialect coach
Kathryn Mindala .... production accountant
Steven R. Molen .... production executive
Leslie Morris .... contractor
Darice O'Mara .... assistant: Paul Newman (as Darice Wirth)
Rosemary Orlando .... warehouse coordinator
Christine Pawlowski .... accounting assistant
Ruth Pollock .... assistant: Sam Mendes
Alicia C. Pritchett .... armory liaison (as Alicia Pritchett)
Gabriela Rios .... assistant production coordinator
Dhana Rivera .... production coordinator
Chad Rohrback .... production assistant
Chris Romberg .... assistant production accountant (as Christopher Romberg)
Jennifer Sanger .... executive production coordinator
Ryan Suffern .... production assistant
Jayne-Ann Tenggren .... script supervisor
Lloyd Thomas .... caterer
Tyler Thornberg .... production assistant
Jim Turner .... production controller
Hayley Williams .... research assistant
Glenn Williamson .... creative executive
John David Wolfe .... assistant location manager
Chris Arrington .... production assistant (uncredited)
Kevin Bassett .... production assistant: second unit (uncredited)
Melanie Cassidy .... location assistant (uncredited)
James Currie .... pre-production assistant (uncredited)
Kristin Dehnert .... location manager (uncredited)
Kevin Du Toit .... assistant to post-production (uncredited)
Carrie Goodman .... location scout (uncredited)
Bradley Grant .... caterer (uncredited)
Patrick Gregston .... consultant (uncredited)
Peter Hansen .... caterer: pastry chef (uncredited)
Susan Hartmann .... assistant production office coordinator: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Todd Havern .... location assistant (uncredited)
Matt Hickey .... production assistant (uncredited)
Matthew Jewett .... office production assistant: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Michael Judd .... office production assistant: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Brian S. Kalata .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Martha Lafage .... location assistant (uncredited)
Warner Loughlin .... acting coach (uncredited)
Harry Lu .... armorer (uncredited)
Eric Mattson .... production assistant (uncredited)
Justin Miedwig .... caterer: Chicago (uncredited)
Heather Sharpe .... production office assistant (uncredited)
Mark N. Woods .... remote head technician (uncredited)
Ryan Worrell .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Conrad L. Hall .... dedicatee
Anthony LaPaglia .... thanks
 
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Rated R for violence and language
Runtime:
117 min
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Trivia:
According to author Max Allan Collins, the "Road to Perdition" graphic novel was an American homage to the Manga series "Lone Wolf and Cub" by Kazuo Koike. Collins quotes Koike at the beginning of the book: "You must choose a road for yourself".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 but his legs are still bare.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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Is Road to Perdition a remake of Lone Wolf and Cub?
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155 out of 226 people found the following review useful.
Among the most beautiful films in history, 11 October 2004
Author: ctuavocado from San Jose CA

Acting This film is a very well acted film. I will say that the performances are slightly weak at times; but for the most part, the acting is very good. The only actor that blew me away with his performance was Jude Law as Harlen Maguire. He was incredible! Tom Hanks seemed alittle unsure at at a few points throughout the film but he too was incredible. Paul Newman, good as always. Cinematography This is what made the movie a masterpiece (and I rarely use that word). Conrad Hall is a true genius. If at any point in the movie you were to pause it, you will see the delicately crafted work of this man. He sets up every shot so that nothing is left out. When the camera is still, there is a postcard like quality to the screen. When the camera is moving, every shot is planned to understated perfection. But it doesn't stop there. Conrads choice of colors and contrast between light and dark settings is a work of art. The way he lights the set is some of the most amazing lighting work I've seen. His work on this movie made it what it is. This movie is at the top of the list for best Cinematography with LOTR, Black Hawk Down, Hero, CTHD, Moulin Rouge, and Vertigo. Story People will say this movie is a 1930s gangster flick but, I believe they missed the point of the movie. It is a love story about a hit-man who fails in trying to protect his son from the life he chose. It is a brilliantly crafted story that unfolds into a beautiful bond between two people who have nothing but each other. The screen Writing is worthy of an Oscar. Music Thomas Newman conducts a sad but hopeful score to intensify this sad but hopeful story. The music is some of the most beautiful and moving scores I've herd. Direction Sam Mendes is a new director with a feel of an experienced director. The symbols he uses and the performances he gets from his actors is a rarity in todays film-making world. I will be on the lookout for the next Sam Mendes Film. 10/10 one of the most moving and beautiful movies I've ever seen.

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