Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)
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Golden Days for Boys and Girls 

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1931: Nucky is in Cuba attempting to set up networks for shipping into the US when the Volstead Act is lifted. Charlie makes a move on Joe Masseria. Chalky is in chains, and fights for his freedom. There are glimpses of Nucky's past.


Timothy Van Patten (as Tim Van Patten)


Terence Winter (created by), Howard Korder | 2 more credits »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Buscemi ... Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson
Kelly Macdonald ... Margaret Thompson
Michael Shannon ... Nelson Van Alden (credit only)
Shea Whigham ... Elias 'Eli' Thompson (credit only)
Stephen Graham ... Al Capone (credit only)
Vincent Piazza ... Lucky Luciano
Michael Kenneth Williams ... Chalky White
Paul Sparks ... Mickey Doyle (credit only)
Jeffrey Wright ... Valentin Narcisse (credit only)
Ben Rosenfield ... Willie Thompson (credit only)
Gretchen Mol ... Gillian Darmody (credit only)
Patricia Arquette ... Sally Wheet
Anatol Yusef ... Meyer Lansky
Ian Hart ... Ethan Thompson
Chris Caldovino ... Tonino Sandrelli


in 1931 Nucky foresees the coming end of Prohibition, and he and Sally attempt to align themselves with Bacardi Rum as American distributors. Chalky struggles to survive on a tough Southern chain gang while Charlie betrays his loyalty to Masseria during a vicious gang war. There are parallels with Nucky's youth which depict flashbacks of his initial relationship with the Commodore. Written by duke1029

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Crime | Drama | History


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Release Date:

7 September 2014 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlantic Beach, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


This is the first episode of Season 5. The first episode of using the 'flashback' in the story and introducing the boyhood 'Nucky' amongst others. See more »


Senator Wendell Lloyd: [looking disheveled as if he were up all night] Morning, folks. It's still morning, isn't it?
Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson: Wendell, where have you been?
Senator Wendell Lloyd: To tell you the truth, I'm not exactly sure.
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References The Castaway (1931) See more »


Straight Up and Down
By The Brian Jonestown Massacre
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Boardwalk is No Longer "Must See" TV
10 September 2014 | by CampsieNPSee all my reviews

What a shame. I really loved this series. Into season 4, the magic was starting to fade. The first episode of season 5 continued the slow decline. This series continues to bleed out like one of its gangland-gunshot victims along a country road.

I will see it through to the end, but it has been a real disappointment. Nucky has no humor or passion any more. Chalky is the only interesting character I care about a bit. Too bad. I still enjoy the production quality and the clothes. I just do not care much about the characters any more. I just want prohibition to end and have this series end as well.

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