Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)
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Boardwalk Empire 

In 1920 Atlantic City, politician Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson makes arrangements to operate a liquor smuggling business during the early days of Prohibition. His driver, Jimmy Darmody, wishes to prove his usefulness.


Martin Scorsese


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Buscemi ... Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson
Michael Pitt ... James 'Jimmy' Darmody
Kelly Macdonald ... Margaret Schroeder
Michael Shannon ... Nelson Van Alden
Shea Whigham ... Elias 'Eli' Thompson
Aleksa Palladino ... Angela Darmody
Michael Stuhlbarg ... Arnold Rothstein
Stephen Graham ... Al Capone
Vincent Piazza ... Lucky Luciano
Paz de la Huerta ... Lucy Danziger
Michael Kenneth Williams ... Chalky White
Anthony Laciura ... Eddie Kessler
Paul Sparks ... Mickey Doyle
Dabney Coleman ... Commodore Louis Kaestner
Greg Antonacci ... Johnny Torrio


Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson, entertainment tycoon at the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, has gathered some of the most important members of the city council to a dinner at his nightclub Babette's Supper Club. It is two hours before the Prohibition will come into force on midnight January 17, 1920. At the dinner they discuss how to organize the distribution and selling of illegal alcohol. Next day Nucky makes an agreement with the smuggler Bill McCoy to buy 500 crates with Canadian whiskey for 35 grand. At a meeting at Nucky's restaurant the crime bosses Johnny Torrio and Big Jim Colosimo from Chicago, Arnold Rothstein and Lucky Luciano from New York, and Nucky himself discuss common interests. Outside Nucky's chauffeur Jimmy Darmody befriends Torrino's chauffeur Al Capone, both being veterans from World War I. Jimmy is frustrated with his inferior position in Nucky's new organization. He and Al Capone decide to rob the trucks that transport the 500 crates of illegal whiskey that Arnold ... Written by Maths Jesperson {}

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Crime | Drama | History


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Release Date:

19 September 2010 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


On its original airing, the pilot episode gained a 2.0/5 ratings share among adults aged 18-49 and garnered 4.81 million viewers. See more »


The comic strip "Gasoline Alley" was created in 1918 with the purpose of informing its readers about the upkeep of the new consumer product - automobiles. after a few years the publisher asked the strip's creator Frank King to widen the feature's appeal to women by writing in a baby for the lead character, Walt Wallet. Because WAlt was a bachelor, it was decided that he adopt a little baby that was abandoned on his doorstep. Wallet named his son "Skeezix" after a CElticc word meaning 'tyke' when he found him. Skeezix made his first appearance in "Gasoline Alley" on Valentine's Day, 1921, which is more than a year when Jimmy Darmody uses the term when referring to his son when this episode takes place in January, 1920. See more »


Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: [entering the casino where Rothstein has been cheating and winning big] You fellas ever hear of sleep?
Arnold Rothstein: Who can sleep with all this excitement?
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: Heard you had a lucky streak.
Lucky Luciano: [smirking] Luck had nothing to do with it.
Arnold Rothstein: I'm a skilled player is what he means.
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References Once Upon a Time in America (1984) See more »


[Played by slide trombone when Prohibition takes effect.]
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6 January 2018 | by chaseduffy1See all my reviews

What an amazing show this is. We are hooked right away. I liked everything about it.

Steve Buscemi is incredible and really deserves any awards he gets for this. The rest of the cast are also great but he really stands out as awesome. Always been a fan of his work and this is among his best roles ever. Up there with Fargo. Well done to whoever cast this show because like I said the others are also very good in their roles.

The writing is amazing, with a gripping and believable story, true to the era it is set in. Speaking of which the props, sets, clothing, cars... everything about this movie is very meticulous and well done.

I love this show!

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