Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)
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Boardwalk Empire 

In 1920 Atlantic City, politician Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson makes arrangements to operate a liquor smuggling business during the early days of Prohibition. His driver, Jimmy Darmody, wishes to prove his usefulness.

Director:

Martin Scorsese

Writers:

Terence Winter (created by), Terence Winter | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Buscemi ... Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson
Michael Pitt ... James 'Jimmy' Darmody
Kelly Macdonald ... Margaret Schroeder
Michael Shannon ... Nelson Van Alden
Shea Whigham ... Elias 'Eli' Thompson
Aleksa Palladino ... Angela Darmody
Michael Stuhlbarg ... Arnold Rothstein
Stephen Graham ... Al Capone
Vincent Piazza ... Lucky Luciano
Paz de la Huerta ... Lucy Danziger
Michael Kenneth Williams ... Chalky White
Anthony Laciura ... Eddie Kessler
Paul Sparks ... Mickey Doyle
Dabney Coleman ... Commodore Louis Kaestner
Greg Antonacci ... Johnny Torrio
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Storyline

Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson, entertainment tycoon at the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, has gathered some of the most important members of the city council to a dinner at his nightclub Babette's Supper Club. It is two hours before the Prohibition will come into force on midnight January 17, 1920. At the dinner they discuss how to organize the distribution and selling of illegal alcohol. Next day Nucky makes an agreement with the smuggler Bill McCoy to buy 500 crates with Canadian whiskey for 35 grand. At a meeting at Nucky's restaurant the crime bosses Johnny Torrio and Big Jim Colosimo from Chicago, Arnold Rothstein and Lucky Luciano from New York, and Nucky himself discuss common interests. Outside Nucky's chauffeur Jimmy Darmody befriends Torrino's chauffeur Al Capone, both being veterans from World War I. Jimmy is frustrated with his inferior position in Nucky's new organization. He and Al Capone decide to rob the trucks that transport the 500 crates of illegal whiskey that Arnold ... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | History

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 2010 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

As of the date of its release, the pilot episode is the most expensive pilot for a TV show ever produced. See more »

Goofs

The record Colosimo is playing on the phonograph in his restaurant just before he is killed is from the 1930's, not 1920 or before. It is an RCA Victor "Red Seal" record, in 1920 it would have been branded simply "Victor" because RCA didn't buy Victor Talking Machine Company until 1929. Also, the end of the record has a spiraling groove in the blank space around the label which was never found on records until they became electronically recorded in 1925, records before this time were recorded acoustically. See more »

Quotes

Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: [to the ladies' temperance league] In closing, however, let me say this: without the continued support of good, decent women like you, men like me would be nowhere.
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Connections

References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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By The Waters of Minnetonka
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Written by Thurlow Lieurance
Performed by Zez Confrey
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Pretty good start, but far from perfect
19 September 2010 | by Red_IdentitySee all my reviews

Broadwalk Empire has been the most awaited new show of the season, simply because it has an impressive cast of movie stars and has Martin Scorsese under it's wing. What did I think?

The Pilot was certainly stylized as one would expect. The sets, costumes, and the cinematography are all very impressive, and one can see this show is one that cost a lot of money. Saying that, it is expected from Scorsese as a director, but the Pilot was pretty much what one would expect as well. The episode was fast-paced, introducing a lot of characters, and it did entertain for most of the episode. However, it also remained distant and cold in it's approach, maybe because it was a little too fast-paced and had way too many plots going on. It remained interesting always, but not always as engaging as I would have thought from seeing the critical acclaim it has garnered. Steve Buscemi is pretty good, but I actually think he was the weakest of the cast. To be honest, none of the cast impressed me much, it all seemed like it was clearly an exercise in 'acting'. Actually, the real stand-out to me was the most unknown from the main cast, which was Michael Pitt. He is fantastic and held up most of the Pilot for me.

All in all, I will continue watching, but it already seems like the series is overdoing it, and it was surprisingly not as impressive as I would have thought. Let's just see where it goes from here.


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