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Boardwalk Empire 

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

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Terence Winter
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Top Rated TV #180 | Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 62 wins & 184 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ...  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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Atlantic City, 1920. When alcohol was outlawed, outlaws became kings. See more »

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Crime | Drama | History

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Trivia

To promote the second season, which started on September 25, 2011, the producers paid the Metropolitan Transportation Authority $150,000 to decorate and operate a New York Transit Museum train of four retired New York City Subway Lo-V cars for each weekend in September 2011. The subway cars used were 5290, 5292 (both built in 1917), 5443, 5483 (both built in 1924). The train operated between noon and 6 p.m. and as an express between 96th Street and Times Square-42nd Street Subway on the IRT Broadway-Seventh Avenue Line. While the MTA runs "nostalgia trains" each year, this was the first time they had been used for an advertising tie-in. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: The puppies have grown fangs.
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Connections

Featured in History Buffs: The Untouchables (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

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 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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