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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nelson Van Alden
Elias 'Eli' Thompson
Angela Darmody
Al Capone
Chalky White
Mickey Doyle
Commodore Louis Kaestner
Johnny Torrio


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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Did You Know?


The Sophie Tucker recording of "Some of These Days," which plays over the scene where Nucky looks in on the baby incubator store front, would have been nine years old at the time the events in this episode take place (it was recorded in 1911). See more »


In the prohibition party scene at the beginning of the episode the ceiling begins to have multitudes of black latex balloons drop from it. Although latex balloons were invented in the early 1800s they were not put into mass production until the 1930s and therefore were unlikely to be available in such abundance if at all in 1920. However, they might have been procured for an extravagant and decadent party such as this one. 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 »


Tenting on the Old Campground
Written by Walter Kittredge
Performed by Seabreeze Park Wurlitzer Band Organ
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6 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

What an amazing show this is. We are hooked right away. I liked everything about it.

Steve Buscemi is incredible and really deserves any awards he gets for this. The rest of the cast are also great but he really stands out as awesome. Always been a fan of his work and this is among his best roles ever. Up there with Fargo. Well done to whoever cast this show because like I said the others are also very good in their roles.

The writing is amazing, with a gripping and believable story, true to the era it is set in. Speaking of which the props, sets, clothing, cars... everything about this movie is very meticulous and well done.

I love this show!

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