Road to Perdition [Blu-ray] [2002]

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  • Release Date: 05/09/2017
  • Rating: R
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Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (97 out of 99)

Special Features


  • Commentary by Director Sam Mendes
  • Sam Mendes Feature Introduction
  • A Cinematic Life: The Art and Influence of Conrad Hill
  • The Library: A Further Exploration of the World of Road to Perdition
  • Deleted Scenes (With Optional Commentary)
  • The Making of Road to Perdition

Synopsis


Road to Perdition
The acclaimed graphic novel from crime writer Max Allan Collins becomes this big budget Dreamworks drama from director Sam Mendes and screenwriter David Self. Tom Hanks stars as Michael Sullivan, a morally conflicted Depression-era hit man committing murder in the name of his employer, John Rooney (Paul Newman). A kindly, aging Irish crime boss who raised Sullivan as his surrogate son, Rooney is affiliated with Al Capone in Chicago and thus wields great power in the "Tri-Cities" of Moline, IL; Rock Island, IL; and Davenport, IA. Curious about his father's mysterious profession, Sullivan's son, Michael Jr. (Tyler Hoechlin), stows away in his father's automobile one night and witnesses the execution of a man at the hands of Sullivan and Rooney's biological son, Connor (Daniel Craig). Although Michael keeps his promise to remain silent about what he's seen, the paranoid and unstable Connor tries to wipe out the entire Sullivan clan anyway, succeeding only in killing Sullivan's wife, Annie (Jennifer Jason Leigh), and youngest son, Peter (Liam Aiken). Enraged at this and another surprise betrayal by the Rooneys, Sullivan embarks on a path of bloody retribution, Michael in tow. Although he intends to leave his boy with relatives in the rural town of Perdition once the coast is clear, he ends up exposing Michael to the goriest aspects of his talents, slaughtering former associates as he dodges contract assassin Maguire (Jude Law) and cripples the cash flow of the Rooney and Capone organizations through a series of bank robberies, attempting to force either mob family to offer up the sequestered Connor as a sacrifice. Inspired by the popular Japanese comic book series Lone Wolf and Cub and based loosely on an episode from the life and career of notorious real-life crime figures John and Connor Looney, Road to Perdition co-stars Stanley Tucci as legendary Chicago mobster Frank Nitti. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Tom Hanks
    Tom Hanks - Michael Sullivan
  • Paul Newman
    Paul Newman - John Rooney
  • Jude Law
    Jude Law - Maguire
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh
    Jennifer Jason Leigh - Annie Sullivan
  • Stanley Tucci
    Stanley Tucci - Frank Nitti



Overall customer rating

4.6
98%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    No warm and fuzzy Tom Hanks here

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    macgregor331
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    Normally I write fairly long reviews, but I think I can get through this one pretty quickly. The plot of 'Road to Perdition' is not especially remarkable. It involves well-worn themes from Mafia films like honor, revenge, family and the desire to get away from this violent world, and the characters are nothing particularly new either. (Tom Hanks is the cold, workmanlike killer, Daniel Craig the crazy wild card protected by his position as the son of Paul Newman, who is the surprisingly warm and kind mafia boss who is, nevertheless, utterly ruthless at heart etc.) There's certainly nothing wrong with this plot, and it has some fine lines and a few particularly affecting scenes, but it's nothing to get to overly worked up over. Still, the sheer craft displayed herein makes the film remarkable. The performances are all perfect, the score, while perhaps overly conventional, is powerful and emotive, the cinematography is consistently stunning and the period detail is utterly convincing. Again, this is a world we've seen before, but it's more fully realized then ever before, and it makes the film nearly mesmerizing even in the scenes where little is actually going on. Also, there's one scene late in the film, a firefight in the streets during fierce storm, which is simply breath taking. It's definitely one of the most powerful examples of pure cinema I've seen in a long time.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great film.

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    Sam Mendes' best film, "Road to Perdition" tells the compelling story of a hitman Michael Sullivan (Tom Hanks). His son (Tyler Hoechlin) sees his father's dirty work accidentally one night. The father drives his son away while another man (Jude Law) comes after them with the intention of killing. Paul Newman also gives a great performance as Tom Hanks' character's surrogate father; it's certainly one of his best roles since "The Verdict." This is a slow-paced film that barely earns its R-rating, and I like the film because of it. If it were fast-paced and ridiculously bloody, the story wouldn't work. The scenes involving the bank robberies and the scene where Michael Sullivan teaches his son how to drive are my favorites. I'd say this is Sam Mendes' best film because -- unlike "American Beauty" -- it has rewatchability. I've watched it three times, and I'll watch it again within the next year. The DVD's transfer is pretty good. The making-of is informative, but it could have been lengthier. The deleted scenes were great as was the director's commentarial reasons for deleting the scenes. Highly recommended.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Ok gangster yarn

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    Bentemmers
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    It's actually a really great story but, as is often the case, miscast. Hey I love Tom Hanks in the right role but he's just not a mafia hood. They shoulda switched Daniel Craig to that lead role. Hanks doesn't belong in this moody piece. And the boy they cast as his son sucks. Very pretty but vacant. Fantastic role and there are terrific kid actors but they went for the gap kids model. Hollywood. So it's good but frustrating because of casting. Meh, it's worth a once thru though probably. Keep your expectations low and it'll be great.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great slow burn movie

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    Drpun
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    I can almost see where this story originated from. When the oldest son of Hanks' character hides under the seat of their car, he discovers his father is an enforcer for the mob. What secrets can be discovered from our parents if we, as children, hid in their cars because of curiosity as they drove away in the middle of the night. If parents attended parties with powerful people and children lived in modest houses and are only told vague ideas of what fathers really do.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fathers & sons , love & violence.

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    Oscar winner cast , Oscar wining Conrad Hall , the cinematographer legend , Sam Mendes, Oscar director. A beautifully composed visual journey through a human drama in time. Mob families , father and son relationships , through a violent and loving view of past lives. This classic is a must see , even if just for the genius artful portraits of Conrad Hall. Tom Hanks , Paul Newman , Daniel Craig , Jude Law , Stanley Tucci. Provocative movie.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very Moving and Entertaining Movie

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    Ultra5240
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    This is not your typical Tom Hanks movie. If you are looking for humor, this is not the movie. I saw this movie at the theaters when it came out and it was not at all what you expect. This isn't a "gangster" movie. It is a movie about a man that happens to be a gangster trying to protect his family at all costs. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone who isn't just after another shoot-em up movie.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great drama

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    cdg1031
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    Mike Sullivan (Tom Hanks) works as a hit man for John Rooney, considering him more of a father figure than a crime boss. Sullivan's son witnesses a murder, which sends both himself and son on the lamb, trying to hide, while wanting payback. Tom Hanks is great as always, while the hired hit-man, Harlen (Jude Law) is icing on the cake. The movie makes you question yourself what's more important: your loyalty or family?

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great story, magnificent acting.

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    Bsquared
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    The road to Perdition is a story about fathers and sons. Paul Newman is a crime boss, Tom Hanks is his bodyguard/enforcer and adoptive son. Jude Law is Hanks' eldest son. Law witnesses a murder committed by Newmans' natural son Daniel Craig. This pivotal event sets the rest of the movie in motion. With Tom Hanks, Paul Newman and Jude Law starring, how could you go wrong?

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