Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)
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Boardwalk Empire 

In 1920 Atlantic City, politician Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson makes arrangements to operate a liquor smuggling business during the early days of Prohibition. His driver, Jimmy Darmody, wishes to prove his usefulness.

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Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson, entertainment tycoon at the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, has gathered some of the most important members of the city council to a dinner at his nightclub Babette's Supper Club. It is two hours before the Prohibition will come into force on midnight January 17, 1920. At the dinner they discuss how to organize the distribution and selling of illegal alcohol. Next day Nucky makes an agreement with the smuggler Bill McCoy to buy 500 crates with Canadian whiskey for 35 grand. At a meeting at Nucky's restaurant the crime bosses Johnny Torrio and Big Jim Colosimo from Chicago, Arnold Rothstein and Lucky Luciano from New York, and Nucky himself discuss common interests. Outside Nucky's chauffeur Jimmy Darmody befriends Torrino's chauffeur Al Capone, both being veterans from World War I. Jimmy is frustrated with his inferior position in Nucky's new organization. He and Al Capone decide to rob the trucks that transport the 500 crates of illegal whiskey that Arnold ... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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Crime | Drama | History

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As of the date of its release, the pilot episode is the most expensive pilot for a TV show ever produced. See more »

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The comic strip "Gasoline Alley" was created in 1918 with the purpose of informing its readers about the upkeep of the new consumer product - automobiles. after a few years the publisher asked the strip's creator Frank King to widen the feature's appeal to women by writing in a baby for the lead character, Walt Wallet. Because WAlt was a bachelor, it was decided that he adopt a little baby that was abandoned on his doorstep. Wallet named his son "Skeezix" after a CElticc word meaning 'tyke' when he found him. Skeezix made his first appearance in "Gasoline Alley" on Valentine's Day, 1921, which is more than a year when Jimmy Darmody uses the term when referring to his son when this episode takes place in January, 1920. See more »

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Margaret Schroeder: I would be honored to name my child after you.
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: Enoch? You couldn't possibly be so cruel.
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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Don't Take Away Those Blues
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Written by Joe McKiernan and Norman Spencer
Performed by Flo Bert
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Pretty good start, but far from perfect
19 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Broadwalk Empire has been the most awaited new show of the season, simply because it has an impressive cast of movie stars and has Martin Scorsese under it's wing. What did I think?

The Pilot was certainly stylized as one would expect. The sets, costumes, and the cinematography are all very impressive, and one can see this show is one that cost a lot of money. Saying that, it is expected from Scorsese as a director, but the Pilot was pretty much what one would expect as well. The episode was fast-paced, introducing a lot of characters, and it did entertain for most of the episode. However, it also remained distant and cold in it's approach, maybe because it was a little too fast-paced and had way too many plots going on. It remained interesting always, but not always as engaging as I would have thought from seeing the critical acclaim it has garnered. Steve Buscemi is pretty good, but I actually think he was the weakest of the cast. To be honest, none of the cast impressed me much, it all seemed like it was clearly an exercise in 'acting'. Actually, the real stand-out to me was the most unknown from the main cast, which was Michael Pitt. He is fantastic and held up most of the Pilot for me.

All in all, I will continue watching, but it already seems like the series is overdoing it, and it was surprisingly not as impressive as I would have thought. Let's just see where it goes from here.


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