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Road To Perdition 2002

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(111) IMDb 7.7/10

Two fathers: Michael Sullivan, a hit man for the Irish mob in depression-Era Chicago; And Mr. John Rooney, Sullivan's boss and the man who raised him as a son. Two sons: Michael Sullivan, Jr. and Connor Rooney, each desperate to earn his father's favour.

Starring:
Dylan Baker,Liam Aiken
Runtime:
1 hour, 52 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Action & Adventure, Crime, Historical
Director Sam Mendes
Starring Dylan Baker, Liam Aiken
Supporting actors Paul Newman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tyler Hoechlin, Tom Hanks, Jude Law, Stanley Tucci, Daniel Craig
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andy_F TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Oct. 2014
Format: DVD
Michael Sullivan Sr., is an enforcer to John Rooney, an Irish-American crime boss in Illinois during the Great Depression. Sullivan, an orphan raised by Rooney, has worked for the crime boss most of his life. Sullivan and Rooney's son, Connor, are sent by Rooney to talk to Finn McGovern, a disgruntled employee. Sullivan's son, twelve-year-old Michael Sullivan Jr., stows away in his father's car, attempting to learn more about his enigmatic father's ambiguous profession. He witnesses Connor's impulsive killing of McGovern, and is soon after discovered by his father and Connor. Although Sullivan Sr. swears that his son will tell no-one, Connor attempts to ensure his own protection by attempting to have Sullivan Sr. killed, while murdering the rest of Sullivan's family himself. Connor kills Sullivan's wife, Annie, and younger son, Peter; Sullivan Sr. and his son, Michael Sullivan Jr., escape with their lives and flee to Chicago.

Sullivan requests assistance from a Lieutenant in Al Capone's crime syndicate, Frank Nitti, in order to get revenge on Connor, but when he is rejected, Sullivan and his son begin a string of mob-owned bank robberies in order to steal the syndicate's laundered money. Sullivan hopes to coerce Capone into giving Connor up for the money, but instead Capone dispatches assassin Harlen Maguire to kill Sullivan and his son. Maguire sets up a trap for Sullivan with the aid of Rooney's accountant, Alexander Rance. Sullivan arrives at Rance's hotel room, seeking assistance, and Rance stalls him long enough for Maguire to arrive at his room. Rance is killed in the crossfire of the ensuing gunfight, but Sullivan escapes with a bullet wound in his left arm. Maguire escapes as well, though his face is left disfigured from a debris wound. Sullivan Jr.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SNOW TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Jan. 2015
Format: Blu-ray
This film for me is Sam Mendes(sky fall) best film. Michael Sullivan(tom hanks) son witnesses a murder by his employers son, who is played by Daniel Craig(James bond) who is a truly evil man, his dad who is played by the legend Paul Newman(cool hand luke) who will do anything to protect his son and with his son who is next in line to take over the family business, there is no limits to how bad this man can be, even when he kills Sulliivan's wife and Son to cover up his crime, he still won't take any action against his son, but this was a big mistake, with Sullivan taking revenge on his former employer in a very big way.

The best part of the film was when Paul Newman was walking out of the bar with his crew, then the music kicks in with Newmans crew being shot left right and centre, WOW! a wonderful part of the film, the thing I love about this film is the score with Thomas Newman(The Shawshank Redemption)was just stunning, if not the best I have heard, we have james horner(R.I.P), james newton howard, Hans Zimmer, and Thomas Newman they are the best composers in Hollywood, and this is what I love about films, if you have a ok film but the score is good then this could make the film better, this is one of the reasons why I love films. Road to Perdition is a top film and should of won loads of Oscars.

***FEATURES BELOW***

Commentary by Director Sam Mendes
Sam Mendes Feature introduction
A cinematic Life: The art and influence of Conrad Hall
The library: A further Exploration of the world of Road to Perdition
Deleted Scenes with (optional) commentary by director sam mendes
HBO Special: The Making of Road to Perdition

The Blu-ray contains I Digital Copy
and a very nice outer card-slip.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 27 Nov. 2004
Format: DVD
This suspense-filled story of Michael Sullivan (Tom Hanks), directed by Sam Mendes, has as much style and cinematic brilliance as American Beauty, though it is much darker. Sullivan, the adoptive son of John Rooney (Paul Newman), is a cold-blooded killer working for his crime boss "father" in the winter of 1931, when his own twelve-year-old son, Mike Jr., inadvertently witnesses a "hit" in which his father participates. Subsequently, the Sullivans, father and son, take off for Chicago to meet with Frank Nitti (Stanley Tucci), underworld lieutenant to Al Capone. Mike Sullivan, Sr. is also hoping to get to Perdition, an appropriately named Midwestern town, so he can leave is son with his sister-in-law. Sadistic hitman Harlan Maguire (Jude Law), who enjoys photographing the death throes of his victims, is soon on the Sullivans' trail to the midwest.
Conrad L. Hall, to whom the film is dedicated, uses photography to its fullest advantage, winning a posthumous Academy Award for his cinematography. Shot in winter, the film preserves the flavor of early black and white films, with sharp, black and white contrasts, and the use of dark, somber colors, when colors are used at all. Snow, ice, rain, and fog perpetuate the cold darkness of the scenes, and Hall's use of architectural framing is stunning, particularly his repeated use of windows. He keeps the scenes simple, often focusing on individual characters in contexts which reveal their emotional states. In one memorable scene, for example, light from a streetlight outside a window casts the shadow of rain on an interior wall, suggesting both tears and cleansing.
Newman is terrific as an aging mob boss, playing his part with just the right mix of frailty and cruelty (for which he won the Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor).
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