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Nucky Thompson wouldn't settle for a "Marvin Gardens" Empire, he wants the Boardwalk.

  • Mar 15, 2012
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You bet he does.  Nucky Thompson-the treasurer from Atlantic City tells the politicians that he schmoozes with to get more favors and power that he DOES expect everything he wants.  He will not settle for second place.

Played by Steve Buscemi, Enoch "Nucky" Thompson takes his place in the hallowed halls of TV's great anti hero drama leads like Tony Soprano and Vic Mackey.  Nucky is every bit a gangster like Tony and every bit the slimy public servant as Vic, he's a politician but the way he runs his Treasury office out of the top of the Ritz hotel, you'd almost mistake him for Don Corleone.  People wait in lines to see the man, get favors, rub elbows or even better make deals to line their pockets more.  He's also the worst kind of politician, the two faced kind.  Not long after a Temperance meeting decrying Alcohol, 30 minutes later on the eve of prohibition hes already planning out ways to smuggle booze and make rotgut to make even more money.  First you get the booze, then you get the money, then you get even more political favors from the fat cats.

Boardwalk Empire as a show is a fantastic hour long HBO drama and it rightfully finds it's shoes in the wake of The Sopranos (it's even created by Terence Winter) and it even has Martin Scoreese behind it too.  Like The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire has Nucky balancing the professional life of dealing with rival boot legging mobsters from out in Chicago with Al Capone to the posh heights of New York with well mannered Arnold Rothstein who quickly becomes an enemy.  Personal life gets in the way with Nucky's brother the Sheriff, Nucky's friend Jimmy who he needs to put a lid on and finally the women in his life from sexy skank Lucy (hey now!) and cute and sweet Margaret (och lass!)  Finally, the man who puts the fun and mental in fundamentalist, Neslon Van Alden, a prohibition agent who wants to cut the head off of Nucky's bootlegging.

Boardwalk Empire manages to have that great "on som" feel as supporting characters get introduced along the way, interact with mains in they're own subplot and integrate well into the overall story, kinda like, yeah THE SOPRANOS.  Much like The Sopranos, theres plenty of ugly headshots and naked bodies so, while it makes a great drama, the wee ones won't be welcome.

I will take the word for it from other critics when the show is lauded for it's historical accuracy and not taking too much for granted.  I am really hoping that in the later seasons the Teapot Dome scandal is touched on because as a bit of foreshadowing in the first season, Nucky is a big proponent of getting Warren Harding into the White House, a man who would go on to be one of the worst Presidents ever.

If you love the Drama TV series, or loved The Sopranos, it's time to give Boardwalk Empire a shot if you haven't already.  Season 2 is running now on HBO but the first season is out on bluray and DVD.  Give it a shot, a head shot.
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April 01, 2012
Good review.
March 15, 2012
very nice John! this was a very cool show
March 15, 2012
"Was" it didn't get cancelled did it? I hope not.
March 15, 2012
nope, but season 2 may be a little delayed--longer than usual.
March 16, 2012
I mean season 3 LOL! I am so confused--this is what happens when I type faster than my brain can think. I just hope they don't hit money issues as with "Rome".
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review by . December 07, 2010
posted in Pass The Remote!
HBO has another winner on its hands and as the first season of this epic series winds down it is time to grade the first season. Firstly it is hard to watch this film and not realize that the outdoor scenes do not occur on the actual historic Atlantic City Boardwalk but in a recreated set somewhere in Brooklyn.      As the series began so did Prohibition. The main protaginist of the series (Nookie Thompson) sees this as a great opportunity as he can control the illegal alcohol …
Quick Tip by . March 15, 2012
Treasurer Nucky Thompson uses money, power and influence to amass as much as he can in Prohibition Era Atlantic City. An excellent replacement for The Sopranos as HBO's newest crime drama.
review by . September 20, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
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“Boardwalk Empire” a new HBO series airing at 9 PM est has all the verve, violence and sex that made the “Sopranos” such a mega hit!  This should not be surprising since it is created and produced by Terrence Winter who wrote and produced the “Sopranos.”  In addition, this great show has the incomparable direction of Martin Scorsese whose artistic yet realistic interpretation of American crime and political corruption in past works is once again on …
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Boardwalk Empire is an upcoming American television series from premium cable network HBO, set in Atlantic City, New Jersey during the Prohibition era. Starring Steve Buscemi, the show is adapted from Nelson Johnson's book, Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City by Emmy award-winning screenwriter and producer Terence Winter of The Sopranos.[1]
The first episode was directed by Martin Scorsese. On September 1, 2009, HBO picked up the series for an additional 11 episodes.[2] The series is scheduled to debut on September 19, 2010.[3]
Filming was done on a specially created set in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.[4]
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[edit] Martin Scorsese's Contribution

Martin Scorsese was involved in the project even before creator Terence Winter. He directed the pilot and established the look of the show, which other directors later emulated to make the show feel seamless. He is also one of the executive producers of the show. Winter stated that Scorsese weighs on the casting decisions, watches all the cuts and dailies. Up until the shooting of the show's first season, Scorsese and Winter would meet every Sunday afternoon to review what went on during the week where Scorsese would have comments and suggestion. Martin Scorsese is expected to continue to be creatively involved in the ongoing production and if the series ...
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