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Road to Perdition
(2002)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Thomas Pasatieri

Co-Produced by:
Bill Bernstein
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Decca Records
(June 25th, 2002)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Nominated for an Academy Award.
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Buy it... if you admire both halves of Thomas Newman's compositional styles of the 1990's and 2000's (from the quirky instrumental and rhythmic creativity to the weighty orchestral drama).

Avoid it... if the somber tone of the dramatic gravity in this context is too glum for an appreciation of the score's more spirited, rhythmic half.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #123
WRITTEN 6/29/02, REVISED 2/17/09
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Road to Perdition: (Thomas Newman) The highly acclaimed Sam Mendes adaptation of a graphic novel, 2002's Road to Perdition was Oscar bait in the making, placing Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, and a strong supporting cast in a compelling story of organized crime in 1930's Chicago. Hanks plays a hitman of high talents, but when he becomes the victim when the majority of his family is executed by the jealous son of his employer, he and his remaining young son go on a journey of revenge, discovery, and healing in the setting's gloomy and dark underworld. The successful collaboration between Mendes and composer Thomas Newman continued with Road to Perdition. It was their pairing just a few years prior for American Beauty that earned them both the most heightened critical and popular recognition of their careers, despite an upset of the score at the Oscars. Newman's music for the 2000 hit had taken on a life of its own, with a second generation of his fans becoming attached to his style of extremely eclectic, low-key tones that would continue in Erin Brockovich and Pay it Forward. Whether Newman was experimenting with these kinds of synthetic scores or building upon his more largely established fan base with his complex orchestral works, he always concentrated heavily on character development and tackled setting and time as a secondary task. While Road to Perdition may be a 1930's Chicago gangster film in setting, the core of its drama is still rooted in the same genre of family tragedy that made American Beauty into such an intoxicating experience for many audiences. The difference, though, is that Newman folds many of the intriguing stylistic mannerisms from his quirky scores of the era into a much larger orchestral scope for Road to Perdition, taking the best of both worlds and wrapping them into a far broader and admirable, Academy Award nominated effort. Not only was Road to Perdition a return for Newman to the vastly complicated orchestral works of his past, but it also features some of his most dynamic and successful character development in the 2000's.



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Average: 3.6 Stars
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wow!
Jak - February 24, 2008, at 9:26 a.m.
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Should have won the oscar.
roybatty - October 7, 2006, at 10:49 p.m.
1 comment  (2093 views)
Rather good
Sheridan - September 8, 2006, at 3:24 a.m.
1 comment  (1782 views)
Tied for Best With Meet Joe Black
Jared - December 5, 2005, at 10:53 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 70:25
• 1. Rock Island, 1931 (3:22)
• 2. Wake (1:55)
• 3. Just the Feller (2:44)
• 4. Mr. Rance (1:38)
• 5. Bit Borrowers (2:25)
• 6. Murder (In Four Parts) (7:54)
• 7. Road to Chicago (3:06)
• 8. Reading Room (1:25)
• 9. Someday Sweetheart - performed by The Charleston Chasers (3:06)
• 10. Meet Maguire (1:44)
• 11. Blood Dog (1:06)
• 12. Finn McGovern (2:11)
• 13. The Farm (2:09)
• 14. Dirty Money (3:10)
• 15. Rain Hammers (2:41)
• 16. A Blind Eye (2:27)
• 17. Nothing to Trade (2:25)
• 18. Queer Notions - performed by Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra (1:20)
• 19. Virgin Mary (2:40)
• 20. Shoot the Dead (2:25)
• 21. Grave Drive (1:20)
• 22. Cathedral (2:40)
• 23. There'll Be Some Changes Made - performed by Chicago Rhythm Kings (2:59)
• 24. Ghosts (3:40)
• 25. Lexington Hotel, Room 1432 (1:45)
• 26. Road to Perdition (3:55)
• 27. Perdition Piano Duet - performed by Tom Hanks/Paul Newman (1:39)

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