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
Many of the characters surrounding "Nucky" Thompson, and all but the basics of Thompson's life, were fictionalized. Major exceptions were the infamous gangsters depicted (Al Capone, Johnny Torio, Lucky Luciano, Arnold Rothstein, and Meyer Lansky), who were based by the writers and actors to some extent on the real criminals' personalities and actions. See more »
Al Capone's son, Sonny, is portrayed as being entirely deaf at the age of two. In real life Sonny contracted an infection that left him only partially deaf and only at age seven. However, this series is intended to be fictional, not based on real life events. Factual inaccuracies are therefore not considered goofs. See more »
There's another 50 in the car. They're ingersolls.
I wish you would stop with this. We schlep around with a box of watches, what do we look like?
Fellas who know what time it is.
Might as well set up a pushcart.
[comes in, surprised]
Arnold Rothstein's here.
We're talking, Benny.
Oh. So I should tell him go fuck a duck?
Enough with the crazy shit already, huh?
[glancing at Rothstein through the window]
Bring him in before he breaks the house.
[they scramble to look presentable]
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This show is loaded with excellent acting and writing!!!!! It's worth watching every minute and shot. Steve Buscemi definitely deserves an Emmy for his portrayal of "Nucky." I haven't enjoyed a show from HBO this much since "Deadwood." The characters are well layered and the dialogue is fantastic. The supporting cast is immensely talented and the scenery is simply gorgeous. Michael Pitt is a pleasure to watch in his, complex role of the war hero gone bad. I hope this show lasts a lot longer than "Deadwood" did and makes household names out of its cast. I'll keep my HBO subscription forever if more shows like these are on the horizon.
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