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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?
According to Timothy Van Patten, Martin Scorsese's involvement as an executive producer consists on reading the scripts, watching the rough cuts and making comments. Van Patten praises the notes Scorsese gives because they are very precise and insightful.
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The character of Esther Randolph was based on a real person, Mabel Willebrandt, who served as Assistant Attorney General under presidents Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge.
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The real life figure of Enoch "Nucky" Johnson served as the inspiration for the "Nucky" Thompson. Johnson was a physically commanding man, both tall and heavyset, with a receding hairline. He was quite unlike actor Steve Buscemi and resembled the character of Tony Soprano from The Sopranos (1999). "Boardwalk Empire" creator Terence Winter also wrote for The Sopranos (1999) and created the character "Nucky" Thompson with Buscemi in mind, partially to make a central figure differing largely from Tony Soprano.
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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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Lucky Luciano: There's another 50 in the car. They're ingersolls.
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Al Capone: [after killing a few enemies] Well I got that out of my system!
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James 'Jimmy' Darmody: You can't be half a gangster, Nucky. Not anymore.
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Doesn't Eli have his history wrong in 'Nights of Ballygran'?
Yes but it may be deliberate on the part of the writers. In his speech Eli blames the European potato famine which ravaged Ireland in the 1840s on Oliver Cromwell who battled Irish Royalists as part of the 'War of the Three Kingdoms' in the 1640s. However this may have been an intentional mistake introduced in the script to demonstrate the extent of Eli's ignorance compared to Nucky.
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.
How effective was Prohibition?
As the show accurately depicts, not very. The Volstead Act (the federal law banning alcohol enabled by the 18th Amendment) was to be enforced by only 1,520 federal agents tasked with covering the whole of the United States. This was only one agent per 70,000 people and thus wholly inadequate to either enforce the 18th Amendment within society or control America's vast coastline and huge unguarded borders with Mexico and Canada. What's more the act itself was riddled with loopholes, people were allowed to quite legally brew wine and cider for consumption at home whilst doctors were allowed to prescribe alcohol for medicinal purposes and clergymen for religious sacraments, legal technicalities which were extensively exploited and abused. Furthermore it was not actually illegal to drink alcohol, only to sell it, transport it or manufacture beer/spirits, allowing many people to quite legitimately consume whatever they had stockpiled in the period between the act passing in October 1919 and becoming law in January 1920.
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Photos from cast
Skai Jackson Meg Chambers Steedle Charlie Plummer Booch O'Connell
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