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Set in the Prohibition era of the 1920s Boardwalk Empire is the story of Enoch "Nucky" Thompson, the treasurer of Atlantic County, Atlantic City, New Jersey. Due to his relationships with mobsters as well as political contacts, the Federal Government start to take an interest in him. His lavish lifestyle seems at odds with his position, and as well as his connections, there is prolific bootlegging in the area. Written by
The real life figure of Enoch "Nucky" Johnson served as the inspiration for the "Nucky" Thompson. Johnson was a physically commanding man, both tall and heavyset, with a receding hairline. He was quite unlike actor Steve Buscemi and resembled the character of Tony Soprano from The Sopranos. "Boardwalk Empire" creator Terence Winter also wrote for The Sopranos and created the character "Nucky" Thompson with Buscemi in mind, partially to make a central figure differing largely from Tony Soprano. See more »
Al Capone's son, Sonny, is portrayed as being entirely deaf at the age of 2 years. In real life Sonny contracted an infection that only left him partially deaf and only did so at the age of 7. However, this series is intended to be fictional, but based on real life events. Factual inaccuracies are therefore not considered goofs. See more »
First i read some reviews before watching pilot, and they where saying how "boooring" this episode was. Hell no! That was one of the best pilots in a ... ever! When you have screenwriter of "Sopranos" and Mr. M.Scorsese in a director chair - nothing can go wrong! A pilot of "Boardwalk Empire" reminded my of "Goodfellas", "Sopranos" (i read that behind this show is a writer of "Sopranos" after watching pilot) and ... "Departed" - it's was THAT good.
If this show will live up to the pilot - we have a new Emmy winner in all possible categories.
Watch it and don't wary about negative reviews - this is a really great show.
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