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The Wire

55 min
Crime | Drama | Thriller
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 14 wins & 42 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 2002-06-02
Filming Locations: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Aidan Gillen
Aidan Gillen
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Michael Willis
Michael Willis
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Dominic West
Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty
John Doman
Dep. Comm. for Operations William A. Rawls
Deirdre Lovejoy
Asst. State's Atty. Rhonda Pearlman
Wendell Pierce
Det. William 'Bunk' Moreland
Lance Reddick
Lt. Cedric Daniels
Sonja Sohn
Det. Shakima 'Kima' Greggs
Seth Gilliam
Sgt. Ellis Carver
Domenick Lombardozzi
Det. Thomas 'Herc' Hauk
Clarke Peters
Det. Lester Freamon
Andre Royo
Reginald 'Bubbles' Cousins
Michael Kenneth Williams
Omar Little
Jim True-Frost
Det. Roland 'Prez' Pryzbylewski
Frankie Faison
Acting Commissioner Ervin H. Burrell
Corey Parker Robinson
Det. Leander Sydnor
Delaney Williams
Sgt. Jay Landsman
J.D. Williams
Preston 'Bodie' Broadus
Wood Harris
Avon Barksdale
Idris Elba
Russell 'Stringer' Bell
Jamie Hector
Marlo Stanfield
Gbenga Akinnagbe
Chris Partlow
Robert Wisdom
Howard 'Bunny' Colvin
Anwan Glover
Slim Charles
Felicia Pearson
Felicia 'Snoop' Pearson
Chad L. Coleman
Dennis 'Cutty' Wise
Tray Chaney
Malik 'Poot' Carr
Michael Kostroff
Maurice 'Maury' Levy
Isiah Whitlock Jr.
State Sen. R. Clayton 'Clay' Davis
Robert F. Chew
Joseph 'Proposition Joe' Stewart
Michael Salconi
Off. Michael 'Sanny' Santangelo
Did you know?
Jay Landsman auditioned for the character based on himself before being cast as Dennis Mello.
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Many of the minor characters are played by real-life police officers, politicians and former criminals. In fact, many of the former criminals who act on the show were previously arrested by the real-life cops who act on the show.
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Ranked #8 on Empire magazine's 50 Greatest TV Shows Of All Time (2008).
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Throughout the last two seasons, Carcetti repeatedly refers to a possible gubernatorial challenge in 2008, after serving two years as Baltimore mayor. But Maryland holds gubernatorial elections in off years - 2006, 2010, etc. The new governor would have been elected the same year that Carcetti was elected mayor - 2006 - and up for re-election in four years, not two.
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Throughout the series some Officers are shown on both the day, evening and Night shifts in a short period of time, some even within the same day. The Baltimore police department rarely gives shift changes until the next fiscal year.
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Freamon: A life, Jimmy, you know what that is? It's the shit that happens while you're waiting for moments that never come.
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Lt. Dennis Mello: [repeated line at end of role call] Don't get captured!
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Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty: [during interrogation] No name, huh? Well, for now, we'll just call you Boris.
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Is there a soundtrack available?
Yes. Lockdown records released a soundtrack on January 8th 2008.It features:Way Down in the Hole The Blind Boys of Alabama (S1 opening). Way Down in the Hole Tom Waits (S2 opening). Way Down in the Hole The Neville Brothers (S3 opening). Way Down in the Hole DoMaJe (S4 opening) The Fall - Blake Leyh (Episode ending theme) I Feel Alright - Steve Earle (S2 montage theme) Fast Train - Solomon Burke (S3 montage theme) I Walk on Gilded Splinters - Paul Weller (S4 montage theme) The Body of an American - The Pogues (Cole & Foerster wakes) The Life, the Hood, the Streetz - Mullyman (Final scene of S4) Oh My God - Michael Franti (Season 1) Dance My Pain Away - Rod Lee (Ep 44) Jail Flick - Diablo (Ep 44) Projects - Tyree Colion (Ep 47) What You Know About Baltimore? - Ogun + Phathead. (Season 5)and some Stelios Kazantzidis is also included, from some of the Greek semi-montage scenes in Season 2.Some of the most memorable dialog from the programs five years is also included on the album. The CD booklet features essays by the author and series writer George Pelecanos, series creator David Simon and the noted hip-hop journalist Jeff Chang.
What does the title of the series finale "-30-" mean?
"-30-" is a journalistic term that has been used to signify "the end", "over and out", and "a sign of completion" since the Civil War when telegraphers tapped "XXX", the Roman numeral signifying 30, to end transmissions.
Why did Bunk cut off his colleague's necktie?
It's a prank used by the officers in Bunk's department when someone falls asleep at their desk: you nod off for long enough or fall completely asleep, they'll cut your tie off. In a few episodes from previous seasons you can see a few quick shots of the bulletin board where they've tacked up the ties they've claimed. You can read more in the 3rd paragraph here.
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Photos from cast
Aidan Gillen Michael Mack Alexandra Tydings Michael Willis DeAndre McCullough Elizabeth Mary Nolan
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