Road to Perdition

Road to Perdition

In Road to Perdition, Tom Hanks plays a hit man who finds his heart. Michael Sullivan (Hanks) is the right-hand man of crime boss John Rooney (Paul Newman), but when Sullivan's son accidentally witnesses one of his hits, he must choose between his crime family and his real one. The movie has a slow pace, largely because director Sam Mendes (American Beauty) seems to be in love with the gorgeous period locations. Hanks gives a deceptively battened-down performance at first, only opening up toward the very end of the film, making his character's personal transformation all the more convincing. Newman turns in a masterful piece of work, revealing Rooney's advancing age but at the same time, his terrifying power. Jude Law is also a standout, playing a hit man-photographer with chilling creepiness. This movie requires a little patience, but the beautiful cinematography and moving ending make it well worth the wait. --Ali Davis

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Production: DreamWorks SKG
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 22 wins & 79 nominations.
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[in the church]

Michael Sullivan:
Hello John.

John Rooney:
You're a smart man, Michael.

Michael Sullivan:
I wanna talk.

John Rooney:

Michael Sullivan:

[in the church basement]

John Rooney:
I didn't think I'd see you again.

Michael Sullivan:
Read this. Connor's been stealing from you for years. He keeps accounts open under the names of dead men. Men like the McGoverns. I stood there and helped him kill Finn to line his own pockets. I thought was I working for you, but I wasn't.

John Rooney:
You think I'd give up my son?

Michael Sullivan:
He was betraying you.

John Rooney:
I know. Now, listen to me. I tried to avoid more bloodshed. You wouldn't accept that, so I did what was necessary. But I've always loved you like a son. And now I'm telling you, leave before it's to late.

Michael Sullivan:
Think. Think. They're protecting him now, but when you're gone, they won't need him. This ends with Connor dead regardless.

John Rooney:
That may be. But you are asking me to give you the key to his room so you can walk in, put a gun to his head, and pull the trigger. I can't do that.

Michael Sullivan:
He murdered Annie and Peter!

John Rooney:
There are only murderers in this room! Michael! Open your eyes! This is the life we chose, the life we lead. And there is only one guarantee: none of us will see heaven.

Michael Sullivan:
Michael could.

John Rooney:
Then do everything that you can to see that that happens. Leave. I'm begging you. It's the only way.

Michael Sullivan:
And if I go?

John Rooney:
Then I will mourn the son I lost.

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