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Boardwalk Empire

55 min
Crime | Drama | History
IMDB rate:
Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 52 wins & 147 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 2010-09-19
Filming Locations: Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Charlie Plummer
Charlie Plummer
Boardwalk Empire
Steve Buscemi
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson
Kelly Macdonald
Margaret Thompson
Michael Shannon
Nelson Van Alden
Shea Whigham
Elias 'Eli' Thompson
Stephen Graham
Al Capone
Vincent Piazza
Lucky Luciano
Michael Kenneth Williams
Chalky White
Paul Sparks
Mickey Doyle
Gretchen Mol
Gillian Darmody
Michael Stuhlbarg
Arnold Rothstein
Anthony Laciura
Eddie Kessler
Jack Huston
Richard Harrow
Anatol Yusef
Meyer Lansky
Brady Noon
Tommy Darmody
Connor Noon
Tommy Darmody
Lucy Gallina
Emily Schroeder
Josie Gallina
Emily Schroeder
Declan McTigue
Teddy Schroeder
Rory McTigue
Teddy Schroeder
Michael Pitt
James 'Jimmy' Darmody
Aleksa Palladino
Angela Darmody
Paz de la Huerta
Lucy Danziger
Dabney Coleman
Commodore Louis Kaestner
Charlie Cox
Owen Slater
Did you know?
Martin Scorsese encouraged improvisation on set during the filming of his pilot episode, something that is typical of his directing style, but very rare on scripted television.
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Alec Baldwin was considered for Nucky Thompson.
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Dabney Coleman underwent treatment for cancer while filming season 2, necessitating the plot twist of the Commodore suffering a stroke and becoming incapacitated for most of the season. The schedule was also changed so that the entire first week of production on the show was filming Coleman's scenes for multiple episodes. However, Terence Winter claims that the Commodore's eventual death had been according to plan and had nothing to do with Coleman's illness.
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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.
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Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: You're sensitive.
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Lucky Luciano: You wanted to see me?
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Margaret Schroeder: I would be honored to name my child after you.
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Why was the Klu Klux Klan involved in Prohibition?
They wholeheartedly supported it as a patriotic and puritanical measure, many Klansmen also members of pro-prohibition organizations and in some areas the two movements were synonymous. As depicted on the show they often resorted to violence especially using arson against speakeasys. That many bootleggers were African-American, Catholic, Jewish or members of other minority groups they loathed was also a strong motive.
How accurate is the depiction of Nucky's trip to Ireland?
Extremely so. Contemporary Ireland was wracked by political/sectarian violence over the country's future following the 1912 Home Rule Bill which aimed to give it progressive independence from the rest of the British Isles. Pro-Republican Irish Americans such as Nucky did indeed provide roughly 150 Thompson submachine guns to the IRA but nearly 500 more were captured by the US authorities leaving New York docks after being betrayed by documents captured from IRA leader Michael Collins. Just as shown in the series Irish republicans rapidly descended into internecine warfare over the terms of the eventual truce with the British government culminating in all out civil war. The 2 policemen wearing Tam O'Shanters (berets with a bobble in the middle) on the Belfast docks when Nucky arrives are the 'Auxies' (Auxillaries), an elite anti-terrorist force raised from ex-Great War officers who became renown for their vigilante killing of Irish republicans and reprisal destruction of their property. They are often referred to as 'Black and Tans' (after a famous Irish foxhunt due to their mix of military and police uniforms) although the term is normally applied to non-commissioned ex-servicemen recruited into the Royal Irish Constabulary.
Why did America introduce prohibition?
The movement had been gaining momentum for many years as it was felt that alcohol was morally corrupting the nation but was given impetus by America's involvement in the Great War, the theory being that grain and industry devoted to brewing could be harnassed for the war effort (Britain also introduced licencing laws for the first time during the period, putting restrictions on the opening hours for bars in order to boost productivity). Ironically the war would be long over by the time prohibition was finally enacted in January 1920. The rise of the women's suffrage campaign also played a role as they became a force in politics for the first time and largely supported the measure whilst the introduction of federal income tax in 1913 gave hope that the government could fund itself without the revenues gained from taxing liquor.
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Photos from cast
Skai Jackson Meg Chambers Steedle Charlie Plummer Booch O'Connell