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At Theaters: 7/12/2002 On Video: 2/25/2003
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 59 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 409937
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
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Michael Sullivan is a hit man for an Irish gang in the Depression-era Midwest. When his work crosses into his private life, leading to the death of his beloved wife and son, Sullivan and his surviving son set out on a journey of retribution and redemption.
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Drama - This dark, slow-paced gangster drama will appeal mostly to older viewers and fans of stars Tom Hanks and Paul Newman. Despite its violent content, those looking for a lot of action will be disappointed. The violence isn't overly graphic, but it and the entire film is too intense for children.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Tom Hanks CAST AWAY, THE GREEN MILE, TOY STORY 2
Paul Newman WHERE THE MONEY IS, MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE, TWILIGHT
Jude Law A.I., ENEMY AT THE GATES, THE WISDOM OF CROCODILES
Jennifer Jason Leigh HEY ARNOLD!
THE MOVIE, EXISTENZ
Stanley Tucci SIDEWALKS OF NEW YORK, IN TOO DEEP
Daniel Craig TOMB RAIDER
Tyler Hoechlin TRAIN QUEST
Liam Aiken I DREAMED OF AFRICA
Director: Sam Mendes AMERICAN BEAUTY
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Production Notes Heading
Taking The Road
Fathers And Sons
Circa 1931
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 9 F-words, 1 S-word, 1 GD, and only a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Numerous shootings, some blood.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco use; brief cocaine.
ACTION: One shootout sequence.
COMEDY: One scene of cute kid humor.
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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Good "...sumptuous and predigested, top-quality and overdetermined, serious and easy-reader movie...  ...Hanks and Newman are radiant with the blessings of unstoppered talent, two greats from two generations who each understand the power of underplaying and sharing the treasures of Conrad L. Hall's exquisite cinematography.''

James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Good "Hanks and Newman give performances one has a right to expect from men with gold statuettes on their mantelpieces.  As was the case in American Beauty, Mendes illustrates how accomplished actors will respond to an assured director. Serious movie-goers embarking upon this journey will find that The Road to Perdition leads to a satisfying destination.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Good "After I saw "Road to Perdition," I knew I admired it, but I didn't know if I liked it. I am still not sure.  It has been compared to "The Godfather," but "The Godfather" was about characters with free will, and here the characters seem to be performing actions already long since inscribed in the books of their lives.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Very Good "This dark, almost mythic heart is what makes the film such an emotionally rich experience. It's ultimately not just about damnation, salvation and America's violent legacy, but the stuff of the truly great gangster films from SCARFACE to WHITE HEAT and THE GODFATHER: family. "

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Based on an Exit Polling of 268 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
12
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
18
High
94%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
27
High
89%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
26
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
86
Very High
95%
30+Adults (F)
99
High
96%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

I like it when a movie gets great opinions like this. It's very easy to HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

However, there is a fair number who didn't care much for it and there is a fairly high percentage of negative comments even from those who gave a high review.

The biggest complaint was the ending. I can't say what they didn't like about the ending, because it would reveal too much. Another frequent complaint was that it just wasn't very exciting. This is partly true. There wasn't a lot of action, but I certainly believe there is plenty for most adult viewers.

Some also complained about the level of violence. This does have many brutal killings and yes Tom Hank's character does much of the killing. It's a gangster movie. There's going to be killing.

So, if you enjoy in-depth characterizations and stories that deal mainly with emotional issues and you don't require a lot of excitement and plot twists to keep you entertained, then you will almost certainly be one of those who truly enjoys "Road to Perdition."

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Sorry, we were not given an advance screening of this movie.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Two fathers: Michael Sullivan (Tom Hanks), a hit man for the Irish mob in Depression-era Chicago; and Mr. John Rooney (Paul Newman), Sullivan's boss and the man who raised him as a son. Two sons: Michael Sullivan, Jr. (Tyler Hoechlin) and Connor Rooney (Daniel Craig), each desperate to earn his father's favor. Jealousy and competition put them all on a collision course, ultimately bringing Sullivan's work into his private life and leading to the death of his beloved wife (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and youngest son, Peter (Liam Aiken). Now Michael Sullivan and his surviving son are set on a journey instigated by tragedy and fueled by revenge.
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