Boardwalk Empire

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[HBO] The birth and rise of organized crime in Prohibition-era Atlantic City is chronicled in Season One of this HBO series. Steve Buscemi stars.
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Steve BuscemiMichael PittKelly Macdonald
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English [CC]
Audio languages
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  1. 1. Boardwalk Empire
    September 19, 2010
    1 h 12 min
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    [HBO] HD. 'Boardwalk Empire.' Series premiere. Corrupt kingpin Nucky Thompson carves out a brutal niche in Atlantic City heading into Prohibition.
  2. 2. The Ivory Tower
    September 26, 2010
    53min
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    [HBO] HD. 'The Ivory Tower.' (Season One) Nucky deals with the fallout from Jimmy's heist; Margaret seeks help in the wake of her husband's demise.
  3. 3. Broadway Limited
    October 3, 2010
    52min
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    [HBO] HD. 'Broadway Limited.' (Season One). Jimmy's future is clouded by an unlikely witness to the woods massacre; Margaret takes on a new job.
  4. 4. Anastasia
    October 10, 2010
    54min
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    [HBO] HD. 'Anastasia.' (Season One) Jimmy forges new relationships in Chicago; Nucky fetes a U.S. Senator; Chalky fingers a lynching suspect.
  5. 5. Nights in Ballygran
    October 17, 2010
    53min
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    [HBO] HD. 'Nights in Ballygran.' (Season One)Nucky's attempts to usher in a joyous St. Patrick's Day are undermined by Eli, Margaret & Van Alden.
  6. 6. Family Limitation
    October 24, 2010
    59min
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    [HBO] HD. 'Family Limitation.' (Season One) Nucky investigates a boardwalk theft; Jimmy scores points with Johnny Torrio in Chicago.
  7. 7. Home
    October 31, 2010
    53min
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    [HBO] HD. 'Home.' (Season One)Nucky purges some bad childhood memories; Jimmy forges a new alliance with a fellow veteran.
  8. 8. Hold Me in Paradise
    November 7, 2010
    49min
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    [HBO] HD. 'Hold Me in Paradise.' (Season One) While in Chicago during the Republican National Convention, Nucky gets some alarming news from A.C.
  9. 9. Belle Femme
    November 14, 2010
    53min
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    [HBO] HD. 'Belle Femme.' (Season One) Nucky braces for war with a rival faction; Jimmy stands by his alibi; Margaret helps out Madame Jeunet.
  10. 10. The Emerald City
    November 21, 2010
    59min
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    [HBO] HD. 'The Emerald City.' (Season One) Nucky asks Margaret to toe the party line; Angela witnesses Jimmy's dark side; Capone faces a crossroads.
  11. 11. Paris Green
    November 28, 2010
    56min
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    [HBO] HD. 'Paris Green.' (Season One) Nucky shakes up the status quo; Jimmy deals with some tricky family issues.
  12. 12. A Return to Normalcy
    December 5, 2010
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    [HBO] HD. 'A Return to Normalcy.' In the Season One finale, Nucky and Atlantic City brace for change on Election Day; Jimmy ponders his future.

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  1. Bonus: Boardwalk Empire: Series Trailer
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    September 20, 2019
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    HD. Follow the birth and rise of organized crime in Prohibition-era Atlantic City in this drama series starring Steve Buscemi.
  2. Bonus: Boardwalk Empire: Designing an Empire
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    September 30, 2010
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    HD. Behind the scenes of Season 1 of 'Boardwalk Empire.'
  3. Bonus: About Boardwalk Empire
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    September 1, 2010
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    HD. An inside look at the acclaimed HBO drama series 'Boardwalk Empire.'
  4. Bonus: Boardwalk Empire: Speakeasy Tour
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    September 30, 2010
    25min
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    HD. A fascinating insider's tour of Chicago's famed Prohibition speakeasies with cast members from 'Boardwalk Empire.'

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Supporting actors
Michael Shannon
Producers
Rudd SimmonsTerence WinterMartin ScorseseTim Van PattenStephen Levinson
Season year
2010
Network
HBO
Content advisory
Alcohol usefoul languagesexual contentnuditysmokingviolence
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king tootReviewed in the United States on December 11, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
be as two faced as you want, just keep paying me and don't bore me
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another series (am remembering The Wire) that is supremely educational in the ways of bad-ass, is rich in realism (setting etc.) (or at least, is convincing enough to me, which isn't saying all that much), and gives employment to many very fine actors... very edifiying

I do really enjoy watching this show. By watching all these "baddies", a little bit every day over many many days, I begin to see what my values REALLY are. It is all relative. In this one, for example, I find that the main guy (Nucky Thompson), who, as the man with the cash, is in the role of being the engine for all the murder and double dealing, and who in doing so makes only as much pretense as is politically expedient of being anything but faithless and cynical, is much less repulsive to me than so many of the others, on whatever side of the law, who exercise their testosterone in such a style as if they ultimately believe themselves to be honoring some kind of a moral code, with all the stuffiness/stubbornness that honorable adherence ultimately entails. Nucky engineers/finances a murder, but he's not the one who I have to watch commit it, so he's not the one I end up hating. Amazing ? Until now I never thought I liked politicians... huh. Was wrong. Be as two faced as you want. Just keep the peace as best you can without clogging the money flow and don't bore me ...that's where my true heart lies.
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InnominatoReviewed in the United States on June 14, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
ONE OF THE GREAT ONES
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When BE first appeared in the trade papers I remember people questioning whether Steve Buscemi could carry an entire series as did the late, great James Gandolfini. I think he has proven beyond a doubt that he is one INCREDIBLE actor. I ordered this Season because I somehow misplaced (lent?) it to someone and so had to replace it. I have seen the entire 5 seasons and each one was a winner: great characters, great performances, incredible sets and camera work, tremendous writing, brilliant directing. Some of the actors took a little taking used to, especially Vincent Piazza as Lucky Luciano, Steven Graham as Al Capone and the actor portraying Bugsy Seigel (sorry buddy,, your name momentarily escapes me). A NY native (via Brooklyn) I found Piazza's "Newyorkese" a bit too exaggerated with it's sibilant "s" but over time grew to rather enjoy his increasingly nuanced performance; I've heard Piazza in other films and with the exception my earlier criticism, thought the manner in which he modulated his voice quite commendable. I was ambivalent about Steven Graham's performance of Al Capone which was quite over-the-top; granted Capone was addicted to cocaine, was suffering from what would eventually become tertiary syphilis (while being treated in a way today which would have been deemed malpractice and was the actual cause of his death) but I doubt he was that much of a clown and that off-the-wall to have survived as long as he did as Public Enemy #1. You don't rise to the top of that heap by being a dolt.Ruthless, vicious, Yes. Out of control, irrational, no. He stayed on top because his men feared him and they would not have feared someone they felt was crazy, outlandishly narcissistic as he is portrayed in most of the episodes. Along with their fear there was also a certain amount of respect for is position. these men don't want a "cowboy" running things I pretty much found Graham's Al Capone to be the same performance he gave as Baby Face Nelson in "Public Enemies"" and yet, as the series went on, his family scenes especially with his deaf son, and the one when he tells Jimmy that his son can't hear him when he plays the mandolin and sings to him, having need to touch his throat but never hearing the sounds were quite touching. I found his final scenes provided a balance to his earlier ones when resigned to his fate, he "plays the role" for his public while realizing it's only his farewell moment of "Glory" and his slight nod to the undercover cop who brought him down an admission of respect and defeat. Nice touch.
I also doubt that Bugsy Seigel would have ever survived as long as he did if he were ever the eternal juvenile; they simply weren't tolerated by those who controlled organized crime in the day. I also doubt he had that whiny voice. He was called Bugsy because he was psychopathic with a hair-trigger temper, a lot like Abe Reles, so I found his characterization unbelievable however that is a question of interpretation and doesn't mean the man is a poor actor as much as it was the way the role was conceived by others.
As for the rest of the cast, just as in "the Wire", "The Sopranos" and "Godfather's 1,2" and "Goodfellas" what makes these series and films so great aside from what I mentioned above are the other supporting actors and brilliant character actors and this entire production from Series 1-5 had an abundance of these: Kenneth Williams, Kelly MacDonald, Michael Pitt, Gretchen Moll, the various children...all too many to mention but each one perfect in their roles. Boardwalk Empire? ONE OF THE GREAT ONES.
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MGReviewed in the United States on February 12, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fun as hell to watch! I binged-watched/streamed it after the series concluded on HBO
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I binged-watched this just recently, after the series concluded on HBO. I would watch an episode; it would end; I'd look at the time and convince myself I had time to watch another episode, and maybe another. I did the same with "Breaking Bad."

Boardwalk Empire is a hell of a lot of fun to watch. Martin Scorsese directed the first episode in Season One, setting the stage. It's fun to watch because the 1920s were a fascinating time. I kept thinking that it's hard to believe it was set 100 years ago, and that the young showgirls would have been well over 100 years old today; that Nucky Johnson (a role I think was perfectly written for Steve Buscemi) was in his prime, but in a time that was coming to an end. There is a scene at the end of the series that brilliantly foretells how time was about to pass him by.

There are a lot of reviews, and there's probably not much more I can add. It was fun to watch because: 1) The great story, of bootleggers and speakeasies and the Atlantic boardwalk of the 1920s, 2) The characters and the actors who played them. So many great characters, so unique and vivid. Hard to summarize them all: Besides Nucky, you have a host of mobsters (some historical like Capone, Luciano, Lansky -- portrayed in their younger years). Kelly MacDonald's Margaret Thompson is the girl next door from Ireland who is not above taking advantage of the situation. Chalky White (played by Michael K. Williams) is at the top of his game in this world, but is destined to be judged and treated by his skin color. And Michael Shannon steals the scene as the creepy erstwhile Treasury agent Van Alden. You know what else steals the scene? 3) The menswear. Take a look at the opening credits on youtube, in which Thompson is on the beach. Looks at those shoes, look at the fabric of his suit, look at that cigarette case! 4) Finally, the sets and the scenes (which, may I add, includes many of the female leads at one time or another in the buff).

It's too bad these things come to an end, in this case with five seasons. Occasionally I will watch an episode here and there, to savor, like a guilty pleasure.
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CindyReviewed in the United States on May 14, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Amazing storyline! From start to finish... the plot won't bore you!
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Let me first say I have watched the entire series 3 times already (we own the complete DVD series and watched the series on HBO as it played.) and I am now watching for a 4th time! There are few storylines that keep my interest (my family get annoyed with this. If I am bored... I tell them I am bored... and that the show is dumb... and they should continue it without me. Because otherwise I get invited to watch... over and over again.). Set in the Atlantic City you are brought into the story at the start of prohibition. Your introduced to Steve Buscemi's character...Nucky Thomson. He is thought well of in Atlantic City and is even taking a stand with the women for prohibition when you realize (quickly) that he is complex and has many levels business wise. He is the founder of the Speakeasy (well not historically... but seems to be in this story line.). He leads this double life and has the best of both worlds... respect from community and business minds and is becoming a "player" in Mob infamy. They did a great job recreating what you think it would have been like flapper dresses and zoot suits with the penny loafers to match I am sure. It shows the "behind the scene's" of Mobster Endings and beginnings ... Al Capone starts out as a kid who just takes orders but is slowly making friends and moves that will make him the notorious Mobster he was... I love that the story line is complex... giving you glimpses of historical characters with stories that you can be sure are mostly made up but could have easily have been accurate crimes that were committed and traced back to the mob. I love that the storyline sticks to Nucky... Steve Buscemi plays it perfectly (Who knew he was THIS amazing!? I was very impressed and have a whole new level of respect for his talent!) What you see is someone who doesn't appear to be dangerous... an unassuming man who could have easily been a shoe salesman if that was the part... He doesn't look like a danger. But you quickly figure out his backstory and why he is "in charge". There is alot of nudity in the series... and violence. I am not someone who likes to watch shows with unnecessary nudity. If it doesn't fit in the plotline correctly it can quickly turn into porn.... I do think they played with those lines a little... because it was HBO. I think on some level it's expected. It didn't bother me... The violence... some of it is hard to watch... (especially some later in the series when your emotionally involved with the characters...) but even that didn't cross into the Horror film violence. Needless to say... it's not for young viewers... and it's not the History channel. If your looking for a historically accurate version... this isn't it... But if you want to step into what the 1920's-1930's may have looked like... this is a great story from start.... to sad finish. Well written, great cast and wonderfully directed! 5 stars!
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Michael BaileyReviewed in the United States on January 29, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Stroll On The Boardwalk
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The first season of Boardwalk Empire sets the stage for a well-written, well-acted story which winds through the Prohibition years. Political corruption, criminal alliances, ethnic tensions, and the role of women in society are just a few of the starting points for several great storylines. Bootleggers, war heroes, mothers and mistresses, temperance leagues, Atlantic City, and the famous boardwalk intertwine in recognizable and relatable episodes which sometimes seem as current as today's headlines.

Season One seems all the more remarkable for a series which becomes better in each successive season. By the time you reach the end of this boardwalk, the final episode in the final season, you'll be far removed from the Nucky Thompson who celebrated the beginning of "the noble experiment".

I would also recommend watching Ken Burns documentary on prohibition, it will explain many of the small details which are included in each episode.

Boardwalk Empire does what is rare in film, it takes its time and builds a believable world around interesting characters, and provides numerous challenges.

You will laugh, you will be shocked, and you might even cry. What was the last movie you watched which had such an effect?
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S. SheaReviewed in the United States on July 6, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Boardwalk Empire - Awesome, best music direction
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I have watched this So Many times over. Besides being fun and a thriller, it's great history. But the best is Scorsese's directing. While other films keep upping the noise a visual chaos in hopes of getting audience attention (and turning me off), the brilliance of this film is the background music. It's fabulous period music that follows throughout, sometimes with two tapes running, one with music the other with even more subtle ambient sounds behind it. The music rarely takes over the scene or obscures dialog unless the scene, such as in a nightclub, calls for it. But otherwise it's in the background, where it belongs, just putting the icing on the cake of each scene. The performances by the whole cast are great, and Michael Pitt is terrific to watch. The scene where he and mother of his child girlfriend contemplate the outside beach scene and the meaning of life, laundry flapping in the ocean side summer breeze, is one of the best I have ever seen put together. Just plain fun and a real jewel for anyone who loves artistry in film.
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J. SimmonsReviewed in the United States on June 7, 2016
2.0 out of 5 stars
Good acting and story-line, but too much gratuitous violence, sexual content, and just-plain-nasty dialog
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I cannot believe I watched this entire series. The gratuitous, over-the-top violence, sexual content, and dialog often overshadowed the otherwise decent story-line. Yes, brothels were around in the 1920s; prohibition produced mobsters, mafia-types, and turf wars; and Atlantic City had more than its share of all of it. But some of the scenes were so off-the-wall that I wondered if there was a contest among the writers to see which one could out-gross the other. I envision a bunch of immature writers/frat-boys sitting around a table, hooting and hollering, each of them doing their best to shock the audience. No thanks.
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Denis J. MeyersReviewed in the United States on August 24, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Crackerjack Series!
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I now understand what all the excitment was about with this series. To me, this struck me as a "Sopranos" period piece. The context is simple: Atlantic City during Prohibition. Outlawing booze opened the doors to an immense undercurrent of crime, corruption and violence. Mixed in are some themes based on race, religion and the natural weakness of man to resist temptation.
The cast is wonderful. Steve Buscemi has always been a favorite of mine and he shines as the central character around whom the plots thicken. His trials and tribulations are similar to those of Tony Soprano, who in the midst if trying to make a living as a crime boss, also tries to be a good person and live a "normal" life.
The sets - the recreation of Atlantic City - the clothes, the cars, the design of the houses and furnishings are wonderful.
I binged on Season 1 and look forward to seeing how the writes play all this in Seasons 2 and 3 which are on Prime.
If you have the time, take a gander and a wager you will enjoy it as much as I did. Just watching Buscemi in his various costumes is worth the price of admission.
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