Magic City: Season 1, Episode 1

The Year of the Fin (30 Mar. 2012)

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Ike Evans, owner of Miami's most glamorous hotel, needs his 1958 NYE concert to be a smash. He makes a deal with mobster Ben Diamond to ensure success that threatens his life and family.



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Claudio Duarte ...
Mercedes Lazaro (as Dominik Garcia-Lorido)
Victor Lazaro (as Yul Vázquez)
Mike Strauss
Bradford Tatum ...


Ike Evans, owner of Miami's most glamorous hotel, needs his 1958 NYE concert to be a smash. He makes a deal with mobster Ben Diamond to ensure success that threatens his life and family.

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Leland Orser had previously played Jeffrey Dean Morgan's henchman/catspaw in Star Trek: Enterprise: Carpenter Street (2003). See more »


Barry Harris's famous piano vamp on Lee Morgan's classic jazz hit "The Sidewinder" plays on two occasions during hotel lobby scenes which emphatically take place on the final day of 1958, but Blue Note first released the record in 1964. See more »


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Composed by Ed Townsend
Performed by Ed Townsend, Orchestra conducted by Gerald Wilson
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Decent Sart for the Series
19 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Season opener centers around a Miami Beach Hotel 1/2 owned by a Jewish Business man (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) his two sons, one who has eyes for anything in or out of a dress; including his stepmother (Olga Kurylenko) and Morgan's pre-teen daughter; just before New Year's eve 1958; through New Years morning 1959. I was hoping for a thicker plot, but the era is so appealing, I was satisfied with the visuals enough to hold me tight to the screen. The show seems to imply that Morgan's character is involved with the Jewish Mob. The name of the Mob Boss played by Danny Huston is Ben Diamond. Could be Jewish Mafia; his Character closely resembles Ben Siegel (Bugsy Siegel). Morgan is terrific as the Lead; and Kurylenko is so beautiful, she doesn't even have to open her mouth. Danny Huston as the Mob guy and 1/2 silent partner in the Hotel is so over cast, his characters seem to be crashing into each other. I think the Producer's could have found a more appealing, mysterious and perhaps even unknown actor rather than Danny Huston to play this mob boss role. If you like pretty ladies, you will not be disappointed. Don't take the period too seriously, because the Producers certainly haven't. The jargon, hair and dress is far from authentic. Perhaps that's why it's called "Magic City". It's an extremely surreal version of Miami in the late 50s. For a Season Opener it was decent, and I'm hoping the plot and scripts catch up to the visuals. It was a beautiful thing to watch in HD on a wide screen.

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