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Hell on Wheels 

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Cullen Bohannon, a former soldier and slaveholder, follows the track of a band of Union soldiers, the killers of his wife. This brings him to the middle of one of the biggest projects in US... See full summary »

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Joe Gayton, Tony Gayton
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Complete series cast summary:
Anson Mount ...  Cullen Bohannon 55 episodes, 2011-2016
Colm Meaney ...  Thomas 'Doc' Durant 52 episodes, 2011-2016
Robin McLeavy ...  Eva 50 episodes, 2011-2016
Phil Burke ...  Mickey McGinnes 49 episodes, 2011-2016
Christopher Heyerdahl ...  The Swede / ... 40 episodes, 2011-2016
Dohn Norwood ...  Psalms / ... 38 episodes, 2011-2016
Common ...  Elam Ferguson 32 episodes, 2011-2014
Kasha Kropinski ...  Ruth / ... 31 episodes, 2011-2014
Ben Esler ...  Sean McGinnes 28 episodes, 2011-2013
Jennifer Ferrin ...  Louise Ellison 24 episodes, 2013-2016
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Cullen Bohannon, a former soldier and slaveholder, follows the track of a band of Union soldiers, the killers of his wife. This brings him to the middle of one of the biggest projects in US history, the building of the transcontinental railroad. After the war years in the 1860s, this undertaking connected the prospering east with the still wild west. Written by cc ardbeg

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End of the line. (season 5) See more »

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Drama | Western

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Canada | UK

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English

Release Date:

6 November 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hell on Wheels See more »

Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Dolby Digital

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1.78 : 1
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"Hell On Wheels Main Title" Written by 'Kevin Kiner' and 'Gustavo Santaolalla' See more »

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The show has the Cherokee using stirrups. The plains Indians did not use stirrups. They were, therefore, limited to operating as light cavalry. See more »

Quotes

Cullen Bohannan: [toasting] To the truth...
Louise Ellison: And consequences.
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Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 TV Villains (2014) See more »

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Going to Church
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Composed by Kevin Kiner and Gustavo Santaolalla
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So far, the best TV western I have ever watched.
11 August 2013 | by Bob-45See all my reviews

I have watched TV westerns since the mid 1950s, and, after five episodes I can state categorically "Hell on Wheels" is the best I have seen. How could it not be, combining a perfect cast, production values and the classic elements,so far of the masterpiece westerns, "The Outlaw Josey Wales," "Dances With Wolves," "Unforgiven" "Once Upon a Time in the West and, to a lesser extent, "The Searchers".

The characters are complex and completely credible. The writing is so top notch, I have yet to predict what will happen next. The pacing is nearly flawless, the music, appropriate, memorable and entertaining. The camera work and production has the grit and majesty of the best Sergio Leone westerns, along with faces memorable and recognizable from scene to scene. The camera work even incorporates Leone's extreme closeups, but only when necessary. If there is any one actor who stands out "by a hair's breath" from the uniformly excellent cast, he is Colm Meaney, as the railroad Tycoon, Durant, and this is perfectly appropriate for for the epic story of the building of the first intercontinental railroad and the scoundrel/visionaries who built them. I dare not overpraise this series, because I do not want anyone to go in with expectations that cannot be met by his our her own tastes or subjectivity. However, in the case of "Hell on Wheels," that would be pretty difficult.


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