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Deadwood 

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A show set in the late 1800s, revolving around the characters of Deadwood, South Dakota; a town of deep corruption and crime.

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David Milch
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3   2   1  
2006   2005   2004  
Top Rated TV #111 | Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 27 wins & 83 nominations. See more awards »
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Series cast summary:
Timothy Olyphant ...  Seth Bullock 36 episodes, 2004-2006
Ian McShane ...  Al Swearengen 36 episodes, 2004-2006
Molly Parker ...  Alma Garret 36 episodes, 2004-2006
Brad Dourif ...  Doc Cochran 36 episodes, 2004-2006
W. Earl Brown ...  Dan Dority 36 episodes, 2004-2006
John Hawkes ...  Sol Star 36 episodes, 2004-2006
Paula Malcomson ...  Trixie 36 episodes, 2004-2006
Dayton Callie ...  Charlie Utter 36 episodes, 2004-2006
Leon Rippy ...  Tom Nuttall 36 episodes, 2004-2006
William Sanderson ...  E.B. Farnum 36 episodes, 2004-2006
Robin Weigert ...  Calamity Jane 36 episodes, 2004-2006
Sean Bridgers ...  Johnny Burns 36 episodes, 2004-2006
Bree Seanna Wall ...  Sofia Metz 36 episodes, 2004-2006
Jim Beaver ...  Whitney Ellsworth 35 episodes, 2004-2006
Jeffrey Jones ...  A.W. Merrick 35 episodes, 2004-2006
Kim Dickens ...  Joanie Stubbs 34 episodes, 2004-2006
Powers Boothe ...  Cy Tolliver 34 episodes, 2004-2006
Titus Welliver ...  Silas Adams 27 episodes, 2004-2006
Peter Jason ...  Con Stapleton 26 episodes, 2004-2006
Anna Gunn ...  Martha Bullock 24 episodes, 2005-2006
Larry Cedar ...  Leon 24 episodes, 2004-2006
Geri Jewell ...  Jewel 23 episodes, 2004-2006
Ralph Richeson ...  Richardson 21 episodes, 2004-2006
Keone Young ...  Mr. Wu 18 episodes, 2004-2006
Ashleigh Kizer ...  Dolly 17 episodes, 2004-2006
Garret Dillahunt ...  Francis Wolcott / ... 16 episodes, 2004-2005
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The town of Deadwood, South Dakota in the weeks following the Custer massacre is a lawless sinkhole of crime and corruption. Into this uncivilized outpost ride a disillusioned and bitter ex-lawman, Wild Bill Hickok, and Seth Bullock, a man hoping to find a new start for himself. Both men find themselves quickly on opposite sides of the legal and moral fence from Al Swearengen, saloon owner, hotel operator, and incipient boss of Deadwood. The lives of these three intertwine with many others, the high-minded and the low-lifes who populate Deadwood in 1876. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Trivia

Over the course of the series several actors originally hired as extras were given recurring speaking roles. This stemmed in part from David Milch's habit of rewriting scenes on the fly during production. He would decide on set that a line of dialogue was needed and then assign it to one of background actors who was already there. If he liked their performance, the character would get more scenes in subsequent episodes. See more »

Goofs

Basil Hayden's Kentucky Straight Bourbon is mentioned by several characters or seen in the show. Basil Hayden's Bourbon brand was created in 1992. It would not be available in 1870's Deadwood. At the time the show takes place the Hayden family was distilling "Old Granddad" Bourbon which featured a picture of Basil Hayden on the label. See more »

Quotes

Al Swearengen: I want to know who cut the fucking cheese.
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A Hell of a place to make your fortune...
20 September 2006 | by garynortonSee all my reviews

This stands out for me as one of the best series I have ever seen hit the small screen. The attention to detail,story and character is second to none. Deadwood is brought to life by the good, the bad and the very ugly- with some of the most wonderfully theatrically profane, but ultra-realistic dialogue of any western. True, you could question some of the dialogue for exactly how accurate it is to the time it is set- but it sounds absolutely convincing in the world they have managed to build. Lets face it- not too many Westerns even bothered all that much in the first place! The 3 series have impeccable standards of production, weaving some of the real historical events of the time into a fictional Old West testament. The degradation, ill manners, costumes, dirt, mud and profanities are all present and accounted for.

Aside from the "real" characters we know of from Deadwood (Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and even the Sheriff Bullock), we have some of the most unsavoury villains of the time as well.

The various stories, historical events and personal issues of the characters interweave with no discernible template or pattern to formalise the show. The only thing that is certain in the old West is that where the desire for excess, fortune and greed are combined, human nature will see to the rest.

Stand out performances are plentiful in this series- but Ian McShane is incredible, a true tour-de-force, a foul-mouthed, back-stabbing bad ass villain- who manages to humanise a repellent character in Al Swearengen.

As the series wore on, the writers broadened his character and nature a little more so it was unavoidable but to side with him- even agree with his nastiest ideas.

This was not a compromise or sell-out of the principally dark natured and notoriously ill-tempered brothel owner! "Sparks" of humanity seem to have warmed his character, particularly from his confrontations with the flint-like moral code & core of Sheriff Bullock (Timothy Olyphant). However, even Bullocks is prone to questionable actions, as he wrestles with his own conscience to resolve things in a "civil" way, or resort to a pistol-whipping to get the job done.

If you have never seen this- look out for repeats or go buy the box sets and enjoy the best Western experience ever made. My only regret is that its all over after 3 series (apart from a couple of 2 hour specials they plan to make to round it off.) Short but ever so sweet!!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Irish

Release Date:

21 March 2004 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Frazier Park, California, USA See more »

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