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Boardwalk Empire 

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An Atlantic City, New Jersey politician plays both sides of the law, conspiring with gangsters during the Prohibition era.

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Series cast summary:
Steve Buscemi ...  Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson 57 episodes, 2010-2014
Kelly Macdonald ...  Margaret Thompson / ... 56 episodes, 2010-2014
Michael Shannon ...  Nelson Van Alden / ... 56 episodes, 2010-2014
Shea Whigham ...  Elias 'Eli' Thompson 56 episodes, 2010-2014
Stephen Graham ...  Al Capone 57 episodes, 2010-2014
Vincent Piazza ...  Lucky Luciano 57 episodes, 2010-2014
Michael Kenneth Williams ...  Chalky White 56 episodes, 2010-2014
Paul Sparks ...  Mickey Doyle 56 episodes, 2010-2014
Gretchen Mol ...  Gillian Darmody 53 episodes, 2010-2014
Michael Stuhlbarg ...  Arnold Rothstein 48 episodes, 2010-2013
Anthony Laciura ...  Eddie Kessler 48 episodes, 2010-2013
Jack Huston ...  Richard Harrow 41 episodes, 2010-2013
Anatol Yusef ...  Meyer Lansky 31 episodes, 2010-2014
Brady Noon ...  Tommy Darmody 30 episodes, 2010-2013
Connor Noon Connor Noon ...  Tommy Darmody 30 episodes, 2010-2013
Lucy Gallina ...  Emily Schroeder 29 episodes, 2010-2013
Josie Gallina ...  Emily Schroeder 29 episodes, 2010-2013
Declan McTigue Declan McTigue ...  Teddy Schroeder / ... 28 episodes, 2010-2013
Rory McTigue Rory McTigue ...  Teddy Schroeder / ... 28 episodes, 2010-2013
Michael Pitt ...  James 'Jimmy' Darmody 25 episodes, 2010-2012
Aleksa Palladino ...  Angela Darmody 24 episodes, 2010-2011
Paz de la Huerta ...  Lucy Danziger 24 episodes, 2010-2011
Dabney Coleman ...  Commodore Louis Kaestner 24 episodes, 2010-2011
Charlie Cox ...  Owen Sleater 23 episodes, 2011-2012
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Set in the Prohibition era of the 1920s Boardwalk Empire is the story of Enoch "Nucky" Thompson, the treasurer of Atlantic County, Atlantic City, New Jersey. Due to his relationships with mobsters as well as political contacts, the Federal Government start to take an interest in him. His lavish lifestyle seems at odds with his position, and as well as his connections, there is prolific bootlegging in the area. Written by WellardRockard

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 2010 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

The series is set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the Prohibition era. See more »

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The series never showed most of the numerous large hotel properties that existed in Atlantic City during the 1920s. While this likely due to the cost of doing so even using CGI, it also makes the city look much smaller than it was. See more »

Quotes

Arnold Rothstein: Meyer, Charlie, I believe you know Mr. Masseria.
Lucky Luciano: Everybody knows Joe the boss.
Arnold Rothstein: Then perhaps you also know, though it is of course news to me, that a card game you operate is located in territory that Mr. Masseria considers to be his.
Joe Masseria: Not considers! Is mine.
Arnold Rothstein: My thinking was, before any more blood is shed, that a compromise can be reached.
Meyer Lansky: More blood?
Joe Masseria: Tompkins Square Park, my two nephews?
[imitates throat-cutting]
Lucky Luciano: I don't know what you're talking about.
Arnold Rothstein: Apparently two of Mr. Masseria's emissaries ...
[...]
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Straight Up and Down
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Written & Performed by The Brian Jonestown Massacre
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Great pilot for a show that may run for many years.
22 September 2010 | by stuart_osbornSee all my reviews

Boardwalk Empire is a period piece set in Atlantic City at the start of prohibition. The pilot is directed by Martin Scorsese in what looks to be a very large budget, with locations and costumes all looking superb.

It focuses on Enoch 'Lucky' Thomson, played by Steve Buscemi, just as prohibition kicks in, and the start of bootlegging. Some would say a curious cast for the lead role as he is often best as a supporting character or just an out and out strange dude, but he glides through the first episode, with Scorsese choosing to show him as a man/potential gangster with a soft side, hinting at a meaner streak to come. The inevitable comparisons to Tony Soprano cannot be justified as it is just one episode and really a different kettle of fish altogether, although it is written by one of the Sopranos writers.

The supporting cast roles are all filled with established actors but with some great roles going to the younger set, notably Michael Pitt (Funny games), Stephen graham (This Is England) and Kelly MacDonald (Trainspotting) it gives a sense that it is going to run for many years as these characters develop.

As with all new series, it takes time to get the nitty gritty and give the audience a sense of belief and love for the characters. Some have said on here that the pilot is too slow, but in my opinion it moves along at a nice even pace with a great set up. The music throughout is also first class.

Time will tell if it can eclipse the dizzy heights of The Sopranos or The Wire, but judging by intent of everyone involved, it may just make the top 3!


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