Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)
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Nucky's 1931 deal as a future importer of rum when Prohibition expires seems in jeopardy when the Senator loses interest, and in 1884 a young Nucky has to deal with his sister's death.


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


Nucky returns to New York to find out who tried to have him killed in Cuba and further renegotiate his Prohibition networks in anticipation of repeal. Eli and George are running the bootlegging in Atlantic City under Capone's supervision. Charlie and Meyer play a risky game behind Maranzano's back. Gillian is residing in a woman's psychiatric facility - where she has an understanding with the head matron. In addition, we get more glimpses of Nucky's childhood and his nascent relationship with the Commodore. Written by duke1029

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Crime | Drama | History


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Release Date:

14 September 2014 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


During Nucky's executive meeting about the end of Prohibition that takes place in 1931, there is a reference to the building of Rockefeller Center. The 22 acre Manhattan landmark was built over a period of nine years (1930-1939.) See more »


Nelson Van Alden: Sometimes I find it easier to despise someone than to love them.
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References The Public Enemy (1931) See more »


What Is It
Performed by Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks
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this episode and the one before is the best television in years
16 September 2014 | by tequilasunrajsSee all my reviews

This review won't be long but I have to say that I am mighty impressed.

The flashbacks are great to conclude this epic television show in this fifth and final season. But it's the "present" story that really carries these two episodes, in my opinion. Anyway, Boardwalk Empire episode one and two are the best I have seen on the television set since the last two episodes of season three. Steve Buschemi, Michael Shannon, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza are all excellent along with the entire crew and the whole production. I would recommend this season even to newcomers. The quality is so high that it beats most AAA movies. Now let us just hope that the grand finale is spectacular.

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