Road to Perdition

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Road to Perdition ★★★★ 2002 (R)

Michael Sullivan (Hanks) is a Depressionera hitman who must take his teenage son Michael Jr. (Hoechlin) on the run as he seeks revenge on the people who betrayed him and killed his wife and youngest son. Dark, atmospheric tale excels on the strength of the brilliantly understated screenplay and outstanding performances, highlighted by Hanks's tormented hitman/father and Newman's conflicted mob boss. Based on the 1998 graphic novel by Max Allan Collins and Richard Piers Rayner. 116m/C VHS, DVD . US Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Jude Law, Tyler Hoechlin, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Stanley Tucci, Daniel Craig, Liam Aiken, Ciaran Hinds, Dylan Baker, David Darlow, Mina (Badiyi) Badie; D: Sam Mendes; W: David Self; C: Conrad L. Hall; M: Thomas Newman. Oscars '02: Cinematog.; British Acad. '02: Cinematog.