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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:
...  Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson 57 episodes, 2010-2014
...  Margaret Thompson / ... 56 episodes, 2010-2014
...  Nelson Van Alden / ... 56 episodes, 2010-2014
...  Elias 'Eli' Thompson 56 episodes, 2010-2014
...  Al Capone 57 episodes, 2010-2014
...  Lucky Luciano 57 episodes, 2010-2014
...  Chalky White 56 episodes, 2010-2014
...  Mickey Doyle 56 episodes, 2010-2014
...  Gillian Darmody 53 episodes, 2010-2014
...  Arnold Rothstein 48 episodes, 2010-2013
...  Eddie Kessler 48 episodes, 2010-2013
...  Richard Harrow 41 episodes, 2010-2013
...  Meyer Lansky 31 episodes, 2010-2014
...  Tommy Darmody 30 episodes, 2010-2013
Connor Noon ...  Tommy Darmody 30 episodes, 2010-2013
...  Emily Schroeder 29 episodes, 2010-2013
...  Emily Schroeder 29 episodes, 2010-2013
Declan McTigue ...  Teddy Schroeder / ... 28 episodes, 2010-2013
Rory McTigue ...  Teddy Schroeder / ... 28 episodes, 2010-2013
...  James 'Jimmy' Darmody 25 episodes, 2010-2012
...  Angela Darmody 24 episodes, 2010-2011
...  Lucy Danziger 24 episodes, 2010-2011
...  Commodore Louis Kaestner 24 episodes, 2010-2011
...  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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Atlantic City, 1920. When alcohol was outlawed, outlaws became kings. See more »

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Crime | Drama | History

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19 September 2010 (USA)  »

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Boardwalk Empire: O Império do Contrabando  »

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Michael Stuhlbarg researched his role as Arnold Rothstein so thoroughly that the show's writers found that he knew more about Rothstein than they did, and they deferred to his judgment of the character. See more »

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While much of the clothing was period specific for the major players, numerous minor performers wore clothing that was clearly made in the later 20th and early 21st century. This becomes most obvious in the latter seasons of the series. See more »

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Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: What's 'Motherfucker' mean?
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Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Grown Ups (2011) See more »

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Straight Up and Down
(Opening Theme)
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 See 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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