In 1931, in Chicago, Michael Sullivan (Tom Hanks), a hit man working for John Rooney (Paul Newman), and Irish mob boss, faces a dilemma when what he does his witnessed by his twelve-year-old son. A hit man from the same mob is sent to kill Sullivan and his family, but only kills his wife and son, Peter. Michael, Sr. and Michael, Jr. then set out to get revenge on the man who killed Peter and Mrs. Sullivan. Meanwhile, Maguire (Jude Law), another hit man who had done some work for Mr. Rooney in the past is sent to kill Sullivan.
In Depression-era Chicago hitman Michael Sullivan is known to friends and enemies alike as the Angel of Death. Uncompromising in his work, Sullivan is just as
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