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 Cullen Bohannan (55 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Thomas 'Doc' Durant (52 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Eva (50 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Mickey McGinnes (49 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 The Swede / ... (40 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Psalms / ... (38 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Elam Ferguson (32 episodes, 2011-2014)
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 Ruth / ... (31 episodes, 2011-2014)
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 Sean McGinnes (28 episodes, 2011-2013)
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 Louise Ellison (25 episodes, 2013-2016)
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Cullen Bohannon, a former soldier and slaveholder, follows the track of a band of Union soldiers, the killers of his wife. This brings him to the middle of one of the biggest projects in US history, the building of the transcontinental railroad. After the war years in the 1860s, this undertaking connected the prospering east with the still wild west. Written by cc ardbeg

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Hell on Wheels: L'Enfer de l'Ouest  »

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In season 1, episode 6, in the scene where the Indian races the train, you can clearly see the Indian is riding a shod horse. Cheyenne didn't have blacksmiths and didn't shoe their horses. See more »

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The show has the Cherokee using stirrups. The plains Indians did not use stirrups. They were, therefore, limited to operating as light cavalry. See more »

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Thomas 'Doc' Durant: Mr. Gundersen, have you ever had your heart ripped out by a woman?
The Swede: I was married once, sir, but she run off with a gypsy. Uh, my heart was not ripped out, but, she did steal my cuckoo clock.
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 17 September 2015 (2015) See more »

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Looking for Frank Harper
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Composed by Kevin Kiner and Gustavo Santaolalla
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Exquisite Camera-work for a Western Myth
21 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Clearly this series is aiming for a mythical aura, and for me it has achieved that thus far over the first 3 episodes. I doubt I have ever seen such a beautifully shot TV show anywhere, and yet I am not sure how a series on AMC can afford to look this good given how their resources have to be spread over so many episodes. (For brief moments, this looks like DAYS OF HEAVEN.) Yet this is not merely a visual feast, it is one that attempts to delve into a critical juncture in American history, right after the end of the Civil War, a point of no return if there ever was one. The tropes here are familiar: rebels who have never really surrendered (THE SEARCHERS) and railroads leading the encroachment of civilization on a pristine wilderness (ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST). All of the contradictions of the USA in a peripatetic microcosm, a moving city with prostitutes and evangelicals practically living on top of each other. (No pun intended.) And then there is the corruption driving the whole project forward. None of this is new, but it always depends on the presentation with the Western. They present it beautifully in this case. I'm hooked.


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