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

There are many stories

about Michael Sullivan.

Some say he was a decent man.

Some say there was no good

in him at all.

But I once spent six weeks

on the road with him... the winter of 1931.

This is our story.

Thank you, sir. Much obliged.

Man dies in factory accident!

Get your paper here!

Hot off the press, only 5 cents!

Thanks, Mr. Miller.

I'll help you with it later.

You go fetch your father.


Dinner's ready.

Thank you.

Bless us, O Lord, for thy gifts

we are about to receive...

...through the bounty of Jesus Christ,

our Lord. Amen.



It's a wake, so I don't want to see

those dice.

No, sir.


I don't wanna go.

-Come on, it's all right.

-No. I'm scared.

Ice helps preserve the body.


...who's got a hug

for a lonely old man?

Now then, which is which?

Don't help me.

-Peter and Michael.


Annie, Mike, good to see you.

-Did you bring the necessary?


If you'll excuse me, I have urgent

business with these young gentlemen.



Call the cops!

I know hustlers when I see them.

-I don't hustle, old-timer.

-Pay the man.


Jacket pocket, in my study.

Before I change my mind.



Remind me,

which little Sullivan are you?

-Michael, sir.

-Sir? You don't have to call me sir.

I'm not your pa.

No, Mr. Rooney.

Call me Connor.

No, call me Uncle Connor.

What do you want?

Mr. Rooney sent me to get his jacket.

You come back later, huh?

I'm busy.

Yes... Sir.

Hello, hello.

I want to welcome all of you

to my home.

It's good to have so many friends

in this house again.

Since Mary died, it's...

Well, it's just been me and my boy

rattling around in these rooms.

I had this speech prepared,

but it would be...

...dishonest of me to say that

I knew Danny well.

But lose one of us, it hurts us all.

I'll tell you what I do remember, though,

and Finn will remember this too...

...and that's Danny

on the high school football team.

A championship game. Down six points,

...four yards to go,

Danny tackles his own quarterback.

Mistakes, you know...

We all make them. God knows.

Let's drink to Danny's honor.

Let's swig him to God and hope

that he gets to heaven... least an hour before

the devil finds out he's dead.


-To Danny!

And now, I would like to ask

a dear and a trusted friend...

...Finn McGovern, to say a few words...

...words that I'll wager

got more poetry than mine.

Get over here.

Thank you, John.

"My brother Danny wasn't wise.

Nor was he gentle.

And with a skinful of liquor in him,

he was a pain in the ass.

But he was loyal and brave.

And he never told a lie.

He'd have enjoyed this party.

Me and the family, we wanna say

thank you to our generous host.

Where would this town be

without Mr. John Rooney?"

I've worked for you

for many years now, John.

Nearly half my life.

And we've never had a disagreement.

I've come to realize

that you rule this town... God rules the earth.

-You give, and you take away...

-Lovely. Lovely speech.

I'm gonna bury my brother.

Then I'm gonna deal with you.

Sure, Finn, sure.

You'll take care of all of us.

Once you get a good night's sleep.

-He all right?

-Yeah, he's fine.

Just too much to drink.

I'll talk to him.

-Take Mike with you.

-No, Pa...

Take Mike with you.

Just talk, nothing more.

Why are you always smiling?

'Cause it's all so fucking hysterical.



I had a nightmare.

It was about Mr. Rooney's house.

It's just a house.

A big house.

Go back to sleep.

Is Mr. Rooney rich like the Babe?


Are we rich?

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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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