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Road to Perdition (2002)
USA / English
"Pray for Michael Sullivan "
Bonds of loyalty are put to the test when a hitman's son witnesses what his father does for a living.
Tyler Hoechlin Michael Sullivan Jr.
Rob Maxey Drugstore Owner
Liam Aiken Peter Sullivan
Jennifer Jason Leigh Annie Sullivan
Tom Hanks Michael Sullivan
Paul Newman John Rooney
Daniel Craig Connor Rooney
Ciarán Hinds Finn McGovern
Craig Spidle Rooney's Henchman
Ian Barford Rooney's Henchman
Stephen P. Dunn Finn McGovern's Henchman (as Stephen Dunn)
Paul Turner Finn McGovern's Henchman
Kathleen Keane Irish Musician
Brendan McKinney Irish Musician
Jackie Moran Irish Musician
Director: Sam Mendes
Producer: Sam Mendes,Dean Zanuck,Richard D. Zanuck
Writer: Max Allan Collins,Richard Piers Rayner
Simply Beautiful
I loved so much about this movie...the time taken to develop the characters, the attention to detail, the superb performances, the stunning lighting and cinematography, the wonderful soundtrack...

It has a combined intensity and lightness of touch that won't work for anyone who wants the typical fast-paced action flick. If we lived in Elizabethan days, I'd say this movie's a bit like a Shakespearean tragedy. But since we don't, let's say it's more like a Drama-Suspense movie.

The plot is simple, but the story is complex. The movie is intelligent in the way relationships and issues are explored. Much of the story is shown rather than told, which I find makes it more subtle and moving - and which also works well for a story based on a comic book (or graphic novel). At times I felt I was actually there in the 1930s, part of this story - there was such a realistic yet dream-like quality in the style of its telling.

I don't often prefer movies to the books they were based upon, but in this case I do. (Though I did enjoy the book too.) I've bought the DVD, which is great because it has some wonderful deleted scenes and insightful commentary.

(I also took my little cousin, who's a little younger than the boy in the movie, to see it after I saw it for the first time, because he has issues at home and I wanted to use this as a way of starting a discussion on father-son issues with him. He loved it - and the discussion.)

Seen it:Nej
Nr of disks/tapes:2
Storage device:Divx 5
Imdb rating: 7.7
Musician: Thomas Newman
Running time: 117 min
Subtitles: Svenska
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