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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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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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6 November 2011 (USA)  »

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Hell on Wheels: L'Enfer de l'Ouest  »

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Anson Mount played the video game Red Dead Redemption for about a month before his audition, and he has been often told that his character bears resemblance to John Marston, the protagonist of the game. 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 »

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Louise Ellison: I can assure you, Mr. Bohannan, I'm neither a lady, nor a whore.
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 17 September 2015 (2015) See more »

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Love this show
2 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

I Love this show. Best I've seen in a long time. I had no interest in a following a western, in fact was put of by genera, but decided to give it a try anyway as the trailers seemed pretty good.

The characters are complex, the cinematography outstanding, and the shows plot lines are solid.

I love the soundtracks... the fact that you seldom if ever hear "country music", but instead Dixieland, blues, folk and rock sometimes layered over scenes that you may not immediately equate with the music you are hearing and as a result make the scene more memorable.

Overall, each episode is a feast to the eyes and ears. Yes, the material may not be mind shattering, but that I think is not what one should expect from a western.

It has picked a period where it was able to mash up a lot of different "western" inspirations... railroad, civil war, calvary, Lynch mobs, cowboys and Indians, etc. and has tied them together very well.

Can't wait for season 2.


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