Boardwalk Empire 4 Seasons 2010

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Season 1
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1. Boardwalk Empire AGES_15_AND_OVER

Series Premiere. January, 1920. On the eve of Prohibition, Atlantic City's duplicitous Treasurer, Nucky Thompson privately tells his Ward Bosses about the opportunity to make huge profits selling bootleg liquor.

Starring:
Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt
Runtime:
1 hour 12 minutes

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Boardwalk Empire

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Season 1

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Genres Drama, Crime
Director Martin Scorsese
Starring Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt
Supporting actors Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon
Season year 2010
Network HBO
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LucasM on 12 May 2012
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I was not at all interested in watching Boardwalk Empire as I thought it would not appeal to me and that I wouldn't like it. How wrong I was...
This fantastic first season is filled with an excellent cast who play some fantastic characters in a deep and encapsulating story that deals with booze, money, politics, sex, lies, family histories and everything else in between! I recommend Boardwalk Empire Season 1 as it is a fantastic demonstration of what the Film/TV industry still has to offer! I also recommend buying Season 2 as it is equally as good as (if not better) Season 1 and definitely worth the money and time that will be spent watching this sublime television series!
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81 of 90 people found the following review helpful By J. Duducu on 5 April 2011
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When I heard that HBO were going to do a period piece about gangsters set in the prohibition era, a kind of Sopranos in spats, it was one of those ideas that was so good you wonder why it hadn't been done before.

Well the wait was worth it as this is adult entertainment at its finest. What you have is a multilayered sprawling epic about prohibition era Atlantic City. At the centre of the story is Steve Buscemi's "Nucky" Thompson a corrupt politician (rather than gangster) who has his brother as the local sheriff and his fingers in all the city's pies.

Nothing is perfect so if there's one grumble the period detail is a little too perfect. Every room, even the run down ones, seem to be dressed to within an inch of their lives and I am not sure anywhere was quite that pristine outside of a lab.

This is a character piece so the emphasis is on characterisation rather than action but that's not to say that there aren't wonderful action set pieces too overall though it's the three dimensional characters that makes it breath. There's the ice cold boot legger Chalky White (Omar from the Wire) a terrifying prohibition officer Agent Nelson all fire, brimstone and a simmering self loathing of his own weaknesses.

There are also great female roles such Margaret Schroeder the Irish immigrant who discovers her own inner strengths at the same time the viewers do and Gillian the most complex grandmother you are likely to come across.

There is a veritable rogue's gallery in the show who are all more unusual than the usual ciphers you get in the average TV shows.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Linds on 13 Oct 2012
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Boardwalk Empire is a breath-taking series. Over the years, I have tended to avoid the vast majority of US tv series. However, when I read the provenance of this one I was intrigued - and when I commenced watching, hooked. The period detail is sumptuous, the casting phenomenal - but it is the story structure, how the protagonists relate to each other, that is 'four dimensional'. This series is so Shakespearean; I keep referring, in my mind, to Shakespeare's plays as I watch it, as I see the inclusion of so many characterisations and plots from them...
This is a superlative series. Undoubtedly, for adults to watch - unreserved recommendation!
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38 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Merlin's Owl on 11 Jan 2012
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Prohibition and votes for women. I never linked the two before I saw this absorbing, clever show. It is suggested that women brought about Prohibition through Temperance Leagues for various reasons including ending poverty, hunger, domestic violence and gaining the vote.
There is much to be learnt here. We in the UK don't really here much about American involvement in World War One. Yet there are men shockingly disfigured and traumatised by their experience. Men that could never fit back into society, much like Vietnam vets. Some find a place in the underworld which blossomed with Prohibition.
Religion and race are examined and, of course, politics. It is a corrupt man's world with fat cats scratching each others backs.
So the breadth and depth of this series is what makes similar TV series more rewarding than a movie ever can be. With 12 hours you can build characters and plots to immersive and absorbing levels. I believe that we are seeing a phenomenon arising where people form such attachments to characters in movies that the sequel and part III are not enough. HBO recognizes this and is at the forefront of providing the remedy with 5 seasons of The Wire for example. Five seasons of The Wire AND IT WAS STILL NOT ENOUGH!
The most expensive TV ever does not actually guarantee quality, but, trust me - here it works. The Boardwalk of Atlantic City is resurrected with CGI and glorious sets and costumes. Steve Buscemi is delightful as a damaged but clever and generous man who sees life for what it is. Or is he a cold calculating murderer? You decide.
So, I would humbly suggest that you get on board this elevator at ground level and see where it takes you.
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I bought series one because I'd noticed that Martin Scorsese was the executive producer. I could not remember ever seeing anything that Martin Scorsese was involved in that I didn't like, including his music documentaries on Blues musicians and even The Rolling Stones. He is, to me, a cut above the rest. So I took the plunge and, boy, was I not disappointed. This is so superb that I am totally hooked and will have to get all the other series' that have or are being made. I like steve Buscemi's acting as the kingpin of the whole political/criminal empire that he controls. His acting style for a fast thinking,quick witted,sharp,character in a harsh World reminds me of Humphrey Bogart.The notion that all humans have hidden agendas and desires except for innocent children, the naive, and the self deluded is pretty accurate in reality and is so well portrayed in 1920's USA in this fictional production, although I'd wager that it is not far from the truth about those times.
The sets are fantastic and Scorsese does his magic to portray everything so well, like a brilliant artist creating a richly detailed work of art. This really isn't serialised, run of the mill, ham acting with 'pretty boy' heroes and an unbelievable plot. This is premium grade stuff.

Eamonn
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