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 is 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 {}

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Crime | Drama | History



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19 September 2010 (USA)  »

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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 »


Music featured the tune "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby" which was not produced until 1938. See more »


Eddie Kessler: I heard screaming. Are you all right? May I enter?
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: No! What do yo want?
Lucy Danziger: Steinman's on the wire.
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: Oh, Christ!
Lucy Danziger: What?
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: All right!
Lucy Danziger: He is always interrupting us! Jeez Louise! Arggh!
Eddie Kessler: What?
Lucy Danziger: Screaming? We were fucking, Eddie! Fucking!
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References Once Upon a Time in America (1984) See more »


An Old Fashioned Garden
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Olive Kline
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All I Can Say Is "Wow"
19 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Boardwalk Empire has the potential to become television's Goodfellas or Godfather Part 2. This pilot episode, directed by Martin Scorcese, is very hooking and addictive for starters. It's masterfully acted, has the authentic feel for the time period, has a gripping story, and just looks like a world you would want to be in.....maybe. This series has an all-star cast led by Steve Buscemi who is excellent, Michael Pitt, Michael Shannon, and Kelly Macdonald.

This pilot introduces us to Nucky Thompson who is from Atlantic City and is half gangster, half politician. On the eve of Prohibition, he makes a deal that will involve illegal booze in the city. Meanwhile, we meet a young hotshot just done with the war and wants more to do and of course the specialized-trained task forces designed just for Prohibition.

Overall, this is an excellent pilot. I am looking forward to the next three seasons and I hope each episode is just as good as the pilot. I also like how they took so much care to make this episode very historically accurate. They certainly did their research. I rate this episode 9/10.

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