Road To Perdition

Synopsis: 1931. Mike Sullivan and Connor Rooney are two henchmen of elderly Chicago-based Irish-American mobster John Rooney, Connor's father. In many respects, John treats Mike more as his son, who he raised as his own after Mike was orphaned, than the volatile Connor, who nonetheless sees himself as the heir apparent to the family business. One evening, Mike's eldest son, twelve year old Michael Sullivan Jr., who has no idea what his father does for a living, witnesses Connor and his father gun down an associate and his men, the situation gone wrong initiated from an action by Connor. Caught witnessing the incident, Michael is sworn to secrecy about what he saw. Regardless, Connor, not wanting any loose ends, makes an attempt to kill Mike, his wife and their two sons. Mike and the surviving members of his family know that they need to go on the run as Connor, who has gone into hiding, will be protected through mob loyalty, especially by John, who cannot turn on his own flesh and blood. Still,
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Sam Mendes
Production: DreamWorks SKG
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 22 wins & 79 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
117 min

No, stupid.

What's Papa's job?

He works for Mr. Rooney.


Well, Papa didn't have a father... Mr. Rooney looked after him.

I know that, but what's his job?

He goes on missions for Mr. Rooney.

They're very dangerous.

That's why he brings his gun.

Sometimes even the president

sends him on missions...

...'cause Papa was a war hero and all.

-You're just making that up.

-I am not.

It's all so f***ing hysterical.

Peter, I can't come to your concert

tonight. I'm working.

Working at what?

Putting food on your plate, young man.

All right, boys, come on,

clear the plates.

You're a good lad.

-You want a shot?


We're just talking to him, right?


Don't get me wrong, Finn.

I feel for you. I do.

You can't let a thing like that

give you cause to go mouthing off.

You and my dad,

you go back many years...

...and he is a just man.

So, what do you say?

Come on now, Finn.

Make this easy.

We can't hear you.

-All right.


Thank you.

I am sorry. I'm sorry for your loss.

I'm sorry for this misunderstanding.

And I'm sorry your brother was

such a f***ing liar.

-My brother was not a liar.

-Excuse me?

To protect my family and keep my job,

I'll stay quiet.

But don't think I don't know

something's going on.

-Don't think I won't find out what it is.

-Whoa, buddy...

Easy, easy.


We're just talking. You tell your father

my brother never stole from him.

I've checked the books. He never sold

booze to no one. It's all accounted for.

-If he sold it, where's the money?

-F*** should I know?

-Did you check his mattress?

-Maybe you should check yours.

There's something immoral here,

don't you think, Mike?

My beloved father throws your

undeserving little brother...

...the wake of his life, and this...

This is your thank-you?

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David Self

David Christopher Self (born January 8, 1970) is an American screenwriter best known as the author of the screenplays for the films The Haunting, Road to Perdition, and The Wolfman. more…

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