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Road to Perdition tells the story of a father and son on the run from an eccentric killer with a morbid hobby:
he takes photographs of his murdered.

Tom Hanks was praised heavily for playing a grim, hardened figure — a far cry from his memorable performances in Big, Forrest Gump, etc. Paul Newman returned to the screen after a short absence, and was nominated for the 2002 Best Supporting Actor Academy Award, but lost to Chris Cooper.

The eccentric may comprehend the standards for normal behavior in his culture, or he may not. He is simply unconcerned by society’s disapproval of his habits or beliefs. Many of history’s most brilliant minds have displayed many unusual behaviors and habits.

Road to Perdition


Sam Mendes

Road to Perdition

The film’s title, Road to Perdition, is both Michael Sullivan and his son’s destination town and a euphemism for Hell, a road that Sullivan desires to prevent his son from traveling. Sullivan, who chooses his violent path early on in life, considers himself irredeemable and seeks to save his son from a similar fate. Said Mendes, “[Sullivan] is in a battle for the soul of his son. Can a man who has led a bad life achieve redemption through his child?”
Hanks described his character as a man who achieved a comfortable status through violent means, whose likely repercussions he ignored. When Sullivan is faced with the consequences, Hanks says, “At the moment we’re dropped into the story, it is literally the last day of that false perspective.”
To keep Hanks’ character from justifying his violent actions in the film, Mendes omitted scenes in the final cut that had Sullivan explaining his background to his son.

I saw then that my father’s only fear was that his son would follow the same road. And that was the last time I ever held a gun. People always thought I grew up on a farm. And I guess, in a way, I did. But I lived a lifetime before that, in those six weeks on the road in the winter of 1931. When people ask me if Michael Sullivan was a good man, or if there was just no good in him at all, I always give the same answer. I just tell them… he was my father.

Michael Sullivan, Jr.

The film was released on July 12, 2002 and eventually grossed over $180 million worldwide. The cinematography, setting, and the lead performances by Newman (in his final theatrical screen appearance) and Hanks were well-received by critics. A home media release first debuted on February 25, 2003.

Road to Perdition
Directed bySam Mendes
Produced by
  • Richard D. Zanuck
  • Dean Zanuck
  • Sam Mendes
Screenplay byDavid Self
Based onRoad to Perdition
by Max Allan Collins
Richard Piers Rayner
  • Tom Hanks
  • Paul Newman
  • Jude Law
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh
  • Stanley Tucci
  • Daniel Craig
Music byThomas Newman
CinematographyConrad L. Hall
Edited byJill Bilcock
The Zanuck Company
Distributed by
  • DreamWorks Pictures (North America)
  • 20th Century Fox (International)
Release date
  • July 12, 2002 (2002-07-12)
Running time
117 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$80 million
Box office$181 million
Road to Perdition cinematography by sam mendes

Maguire’s crime scene photography work is based on ‘Arthur ‘Weegee’ Fellig’, a famous crime-scene photographer in the 1920s and 1930s who was licensed to possess a “scanner” radio that allowed him to listen to frequencies used by the police and fire departments. This enabled him to arrive (by car) at crime and fire scenes, sometimes before the authorities did, as if informed by telepathic powers, to which his nickname, a corruption of “Ouija”, alludes. He sold his photos to the tabloid newspapers. The photos in Maguire’s apartment are real 1930s crime scene photos, some of which were taken by Weegee himself.

Road to Perdition by Sam Mendes




$ 90.500.000


Director: Sam Mendes

  • Runtime 117 min
  • Length 3735 m
  • Format 35 mm
  • Sound Dolby



$ 181.400.000

Rating: by milo

Cinema, short for cinematography, is often used to refer to the industry of films and filmmaking or to the art of filmmaking itself. The contemporary definition of cinema is the art of simulating experiences to communicate ideas, stories, perceptions, feelings, beauty or atmosphere.


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