15 certificateRoad to Perdition is a Film programme that first aired in 2002 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

Road to Perdition is a 3 star programme

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Road to Perdition (2002)

Directed by
Sam Mendes

Unlike most revered and recent gangster films, director Sam Mendes brings to Road to Perdition the sense of family, both secure and damaged, as he did to American Beauty.

Tom Hanks (pictured) plays Michael Sullivan, a typical 1930s husband with wife Annie (Jennifer Jason-Leigh) and two sons, including Mike Sullivan Jnr (Tyler Hoechin). Sullivan Snr becomes a hitman for gang boss John Rooney (Paul Newman) and discovers that Rooney's son Connor (Daniel Craig) is skimming from the takings. When he confronts the boss with this information, he unknowingly sets in train a series of events that sees him and Jnr the only survivors of a hit on his family. The pair hit the road with cash stolen from Sullivan's now vengeful employer. And on their trail is macabre, pock-faced photographer Maguire (Jude Law), who combines killing with selling exclusive front-page snaps of the scene...

Hanks puts in a solid performance, shedding his normally light persona for one of darkness, while Paul Newman turns in one of the best performances of his later years. Mendes's direction is aided by cinematographer Conrad L Hall, who eschews bright, sunny scenes, using instead darkness, rain, shadow and half-caught faces under hat brims to supplement the feeling of a dark dread pulling not just Sullivan but all the characters down a grim yet gripping road to perdition.

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Also known as "Camino a la Perdición", "Estrada Para Perdição", "La Voie de perdition"

Genre: Film

Running Time: 120 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2002

3/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Tom HanksTom Hanks...Michael Sullivan
Image for Paul NewmanPaul Newman...John Rooney
Image for Jude LawJude Law...Harlen Maguire
Image for Jennifer Jason-LeighJennifer Jason-Leigh...Annie Sullivan
Image for Stanley TucciStanley Tucci...Frank Nitti
Image for Daniel CraigDaniel Craig...Connor Rooney
Tyler Hoechlin...Michael Sullivan Jr.
Liam Aiken...Peter Sullivan
Image for Ciarán HindsCiarán Hinds...Finn McGovern
Craig Spidle...Rooney's henchman
Ian Barford...Rooney's henchman
Stephen P. Dunn...Finn McGovern's henchman
Paul Turner...Finn McGovern's henchman
Rob Maxey...Drugstore owner
Kathleen Keane...Irish musician
Brendan McKinney...Irish musician
Jackie Moran...Irish musician