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Boardwalk Empire 5 Seasons 2010

Atlantic City: the 1920s. When alcohol was outlawed, outlaws became kings. HBO presents this epic drama series that follows the birth and rise of organized crime in 'the world's playground' at the dawn of Prohibition. Steve Buscemi stars.

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Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt

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1. Boardwalk Empire

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.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 1 hour, 12 minutes Release date: 1 January 2010
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2. The Ivory Tower

Investigating the heist now linked to Hans Schroeder, straight-and-narrow Agent Nelson van Alden pays a visit to Nucky; a concerned Nucky sends his brother, Sheriff Elias Thompson, to the hospital to sow the seeds of doubt in the widow Schroeder's mind.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 52 minutes Release date: 1 January 2010
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3. Broadway Limited

An unlikely witness threatens to expose the perpetrators of the woods massacre. Margaret starts a new job. Chalky's team pays a heavy price for his success. After questioning Angela's loyalty, Jimmy heads west.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: 1 January 2010
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4. Anastasia

In Chicago, Jimmy bonds with a prostitute and clashes with Al Capone. Back in Atlantic City, Nucky looks to leverage his relationships with ambitious U.S. Senator Walter Edge as well as Jersey City Mayor Frank Hague.

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5. Nights in Ballygran

Nucky's attempts to usher in a joyous St. Patrick's Day are undermined by Eli, Margaret & Van Alden. Arnold Rothstein worries about his involvement in the fixed World Series. Jimmy copes with the aftermath of a vicious attack.

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6. Family Limitation

After the brazen robbery of one of his Ward Bosses, Nucky turns up the heat on Lucky Luciano. An emboldened Margaret stands up to Lucy at the dress shop; Jimmy scores points with Johnny Torrio.

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7. Home

Nucky purges some bad childhood memories; Jimmy forges a new alliance with a fellow veteran; Luciano and a friend cut a deal with the D'Alessio brothers.

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8. Hold Me in Paradise

While visiting Chicago during the Republican National Convention, Nucky gets some alarming news from Atlantic City.

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9. Belle Femme

Nucky braces for war with a rival faction; Jimmy stands by his alibi; Margaret helps out Madame Jeunet.

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10. The Emerald City

Nucky asks Margaret to toe the party line; Angela witnesses Jimmy's violent side; Capone faces a crossroads; Van Alden grapples with his emotions.

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11. Paris Green

Nucky shakes up the status quo; Jimmy deals with some tricky family issues; Van Alden addresses Agent Sebso's 'temptations.'

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12. A Return to Normalcy

In the Season One finale, Nucky and Atlantic City brace for change on Election Day; Torrio brokers a deal between two nemeses, with far-reaching consequences; Jimmy ponders his future, as do Margaret, Agent Van Alden and Eli.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 1 hour Release date: 1 January 2010
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Product Details

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 Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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By RK TOP 100 REVIEWER on 27 Sept. 2013
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The idea of having a series set during America's prohibition era is a good one. The time period has lots of fascinating characters, a distinct style of dress and speech and is a genuinely interesting period of American history. The series boardwalk empire does a credible job of recreating the time. In addition the cinematography is excellent and acting is first class. In essence Boardwalk Empire has all the normal characteristics of a well made HBO series.

However, I did not feel the series deserved a 5 star rating for two reasons. Firstly some of the episodes are somewhat slow and lack the pace I would have expected from a series like this. The second and more influential reason is that the series lacks a single likeable character you can root for and consequently care what happens to them. The series definitely lacks a lovable rogue, a character you can hope turns out alright despite what they do.

Nevertheless Boardwalk Empire is a very good piece of TV and will definitely appeal to those with an interest in this period of American history.
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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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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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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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