Road to Perdition

Release Date: July 12, 2002

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Sam Mendes follows up on his Academy Award®-winning directorial debut film, American Beauty, with this Depression-era tale about a Chicago hit man for an Irish gang. Based on the graphic novel by Max Allan Collins and Richard Piers Rayner, The Road to Perdition boasts a stellar cast, including two-time Academy Award-winner Tom Hanks in the lead role, along with Paul Newman, Jude Law, Anthony LaPaglia, Stanley Tucci, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

The plot follows Michael O'Sullivan (Hanks), known as the Angel of Death to friends and enemies alike. He takes his job as an assassin very seriously, but he is also a committed family man who is absolutely devoted to his wife and two sons. Those worlds collide in an unfortunate fashion, and O'Sullivan's wife and younger son are killed, leaving the hit man to take his surviving son on the run and causing him to take his own particular brand of vengeance. The trailer emphasizes the importance of the father/son relationship, both between Hanks and his own son as well as his intricate bonding with the father figure played by Newman, who sees in O'Sullivan the man he wishes his son could be.

The Road to Perdition has had at least six rumored release dates over the course of time. It was initially planned for November of 2001, but then moved around to various dates on the 2002 schedule before finally settling on July 12, 2002 as its opening date. It remains to be seen whether audiences are ready to accept Tom Hanks in a darker, more sinister role, but there can be little doubt that his recent track record is spectacular. With the outstanding level of talent involved in this production and a terrific, moody trailer, The Road to Perdition is definitely a film to keep on radar. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

Vital statistics for Road to Perdition
Main Cast Tom Hanks, Tyler Hoechlin, Jude Law, Paul Newman, Anthony LaPaglia, Stanley Tucci, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Supporting Cast Daniel Craig, Kevin Chamberlin, Ciaran Hinds, Liam Aiken
Director Sam Mendes
Screenwriter David Self
Distributor DreamWorks
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
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Rating R
Running Time 117 minutes
Screen Count 2,332
Awards Awards page for Road to Perdition
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture

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