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Hell on Wheels 

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The Civil War is past, but former Confederate soldier Cullen Bohannon can't put it behind him. Fresh are the memories of the death of his wife, killed at the hands of the Union soldiers, an act that sets him on a course of revenge.

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Joe Gayton, Tony Gayton
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 20 wins & 32 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Blood will be spilled. Lives will be lost. Men will be ruined. (season 1) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Western

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Canada | UK

Language:

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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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Thomas Durant is frequently referred to as the "old man" throughout the series, but in reality he was in his late 40's and 49 when the golden spike was placed at Promontory Point in Utah. Colm Meaney on the other hand who played Thomas Durant was 58 years old in Season 1 and 63 years old in Season 5. See more »

Goofs

All of the natives in this series are depicted with eyebrows. Almost all the native peoples of North America routinely removed all facial hair as part of their cultural traditions - including eyebrows. See the 19th-century photographs by Edward S Curtis and others, and the paintings from life by Bodmer, Catlin, and Kurtz and you will find nobody with eyebrows. This and many other cultural elements were lost during the early Reservation era and today even Native American actors are sadly unaware of it. See more »

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Town Sign: Hell on Wheels. Population: One less every day.
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Connections

Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 17 September 2015 (2015) See more »

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Raiding the Camp
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Composed by Kevin Kiner and Gustavo Santaolalla
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Exquisite Camera-work for a Western Myth
21 November 2011 | by juddenSee all my reviews

Clearly this series is aiming for a mythical aura, and for me it has achieved that thus far over the first 3 episodes. I doubt I have ever seen such a beautifully shot TV show anywhere, and yet I am not sure how a series on AMC can afford to look this good given how their resources have to be spread over so many episodes. (For brief moments, this looks like DAYS OF HEAVEN.) Yet this is not merely a visual feast, it is one that attempts to delve into a critical juncture in American history, right after the end of the Civil War, a point of no return if there ever was one. The tropes here are familiar: rebels who have never really surrendered (THE SEARCHERS) and railroads leading the encroachment of civilization on a pristine wilderness (ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST). All of the contradictions of the USA in a peripatetic microcosm, a moving city with prostitutes and evangelicals practically living on top of each other. (No pun intended.) And then there is the corruption driving the whole project forward. None of this is new, but it always depends on the presentation with the Western. They present it beautifully in this case. I'm hooked.


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