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Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)

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An Atlantic City politician plays both sides of the law, conspiring with gangsters during the Prohibition era.


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Series cast summary:
 Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson (57 episodes, 2010-2014)
 Al Capone (57 episodes, 2010-2014)
 Lucky Luciano (57 episodes, 2010-2014)
 Margaret Thompson / ... (56 episodes, 2010-2014)
 Nelson Van Alden (56 episodes, 2010-2014)
 Elias 'Eli' Thompson (56 episodes, 2010-2014)
 Chalky White (56 episodes, 2010-2014)
 Mickey Doyle (56 episodes, 2010-2014)
 Gillian Darmody (53 episodes, 2010-2014)
 Arnold Rothstein (48 episodes, 2010-2013)
 Eddie Kessler (48 episodes, 2010-2013)
 Richard Harrow (41 episodes, 2010-2013)
 Meyer Lansky (31 episodes, 2010-2014)
 Tommy Darmody (30 episodes, 2010-2013)
 Tommy Darmody (30 episodes, 2010-2013)
 Emily Schroeder (29 episodes, 2010-2013)
 Emily Schroeder (29 episodes, 2010-2013)
Declan McTigue ...
 Teddy Schroeder / ... (28 episodes, 2010-2013)
Rory McTigue ...
 Teddy Schroeder / ... (28 episodes, 2010-2013)
 James 'Jimmy' Darmody (25 episodes, 2010-2012)
 Angela Darmody (24 episodes, 2010-2011)
 Lucy Danziger (24 episodes, 2010-2011)
 Commodore Louis Kaestner (24 episodes, 2010-2011)
 Owen Slater (23 episodes, 2011-2012)


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 WellardRockard

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Atlantic City, 1920. When alcohol was outlawed, outlaws became kings. See more »


Crime | Drama | History


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19 September 2010 (USA)  »

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The age difference between Gretchen Mol and Michael Pitt, who play mother and son, is nine years. (Mol's character is portrayed as having become a mother at the age of 13.) See more »


Al Capone's son, Sonny, is portrayed as being entirely deaf at the age of two. In real life Sonny contracted an infection that left him only partially deaf and only at age seven. However, this series is intended to be fictional, not based on real life events. Factual inaccuracies are therefore not considered goofs. See more »


Lucky Luciano: You wanted to see me?
Arnold Rothstein: Yeah, it turns out my sister-in-law's nephew, for a time at least, survived the shooting in the woods.
Lucky Luciano: Well, I'm sorry about your loss. Obviously, if there's anything I can do...
Arnold Rothstein: There is actually. You can kill someone for me to settle a debt. I have it on good authority that a James Darmody of Atlantic City was one of the two shooters.
Lucky Luciano: Who was the other one?
Arnold Rothstein: I don't know. But I'd bet you're persuasive enough to get Darmody to tell you.
Lucky Luciano: That's a good bet.
Arnold Rothstein: The only kind I ...
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Great pilot for a show that may run for many years.
22 September 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Boardwalk Empire is a period piece set in Atlantic City at the start of prohibition. The pilot is directed by Martin Scorsese in what looks to be a very large budget, with locations and costumes all looking superb.

It focuses on Enoch 'Lucky' Thomson, played by Steve Buscemi, just as prohibition kicks in, and the start of bootlegging. Some would say a curious cast for the lead role as he is often best as a supporting character or just an out and out strange dude, but he glides through the first episode, with Scorsese choosing to show him as a man/potential gangster with a soft side, hinting at a meaner streak to come. The inevitable comparisons to Tony Soprano cannot be justified as it is just one episode and really a different kettle of fish altogether, although it is written by one of the Sopranos writers.

The supporting cast roles are all filled with established actors but with some great roles going to the younger set, notably Michael Pitt (Funny games), Stephen graham (This Is England) and Kelly MacDonald (Trainspotting) it gives a sense that it is going to run for many years as these characters develop.

As with all new series, it takes time to get the nitty gritty and give the audience a sense of belief and love for the characters. Some have said on here that the pilot is too slow, but in my opinion it moves along at a nice even pace with a great set up. The music throughout is also first class.

Time will tell if it can eclipse the dizzy heights of The Sopranos or The Wire, but judging by intent of everyone involved, it may just make the top 3!

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