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Boardwalk Empire

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Air weekdate: Sunday
Genre: Crime, Drama
Channel: HBO
Status: Ended
8.9 (190 votes)
Kelly Macdonald Kelly Macdonald as Margaret Schroeder
Michael Pitt Michael Pitt as Jimmy Darmody
Steve Buscemi Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson
Michael Shannon Michael Shannon as Agent Nelson Van Alden
Stephen Graham Stephen Graham as Al Capone
Vincent Piazza Vincent Piazza as Lucky Luciano
Aleksa Palladino Aleksa Palladino as Angela Darmody
Anatol Yusef Anatol Yusef as Meyer Lansky
Anthony Laciura Anthony Laciura as Eddie Kessler
Bobby Cannavale Bobby Cannavale as Gyp Rosetti

Boardwalk Empire is a period drama focusing on Enoch "Nucky" Thompson (based on the historical Enoch L. Johnson), a political figure who rose to prominence and controlled Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the Prohibition period of the 1920s and 1930s. Nucky acts with historical characters in both his personal and political life, including mobsters, politicians, government agents, and the common folk who look up to him. The federal government also takes an interest in the bootlegging and other illegal activities in the area, sending agents to investigate possible mob connections but also looking at Nucky's lifestyle—expensive and lavish for a county political figure. The final season jumps ahead seven years, to 1931, as Prohibition nears its end.

In 1920, the USA government decides to take "dry law". After the adoption of the law in one of the USA cities starting to happen criminal events. It turned out that for the local crime bosses the "dry law" was the starting point for their dark deeds. They decided to capitalize on this. One of the first was the urban treasurer is Nicky Thompson. He is also the boss of a local criminal gang. Nicky decided to organize the clandestine sale of alcohol to get receive from it profit. Those who learned about it, began to encroach on such achievements. One day a member of the criminal group Nicky suggested attack on a truck that was to deliver the alcohol for the party group from Chicago, a leader whose was Rotsheyn. And so it happened. After the attack, the two groups staged a showdown. But all of a sudden, the agent of service with the Internal Affairs to combat the illicit proliferation the alcohol Nelson Van Alden intervenes in this affair. He will seek to punish the perpetrators.

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It’s not that simple in Nucky Thompson’s Empire. By no means, anyone cooperating with Nucky is satisfied with the methods and styles of his work. Nucky is betrayed by the closest people. First it is Jimmy Darmody, whom he practically brought up, who goes over to his father, advancing in years criminal boss. Nucky’s brother Elias Thompson also joined this company. Moreover Nucky’s well-established business plagues many gangsters of other towns with its presence, who would be very glad to snatch control of this dripping roast. There are also problems in family life of Nucky Thompson. Just a while ago he was absolutely happy with his spouse Margaret and her children of a former marriage. The boy became very close to Nucky. But not without help of FBI agents he discovers that her former husband has not just drowned at sea. Besides, her daughter comes down with the poliomyelitis. Nucky does not spare money for her treatment, but the girl becomes invalid forever and now has to walk on crutches. Nucky has to give his gruel to the traitors. Follow the intrigues and twists of the Boardwalk Empire season 2!

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The tagline of Boardwalk Empire season 3 is: “One cannot be a half-way gangster”. Nucky Thompson’s positions become more and more uneasy. And although he has no equal in consummation of transactions and trade inquiries, but it seems that his luck holds gradually. Something is wrong in his family life – his spouse Margaret who once was an ally now turns into almost an enemy. Margaret becomes more and more devotional and delivers one attack after another. She organizes courses in the local hospital for poor women, where the doctor tells them about female organism, childbirth, conceiving, etc, because the majority of them are absolutely ignorant on such issues. Furthermore Margaret appears to have an affair with her husband’s assistant Owen Slater, who helps him to commit reprisal against his traitors. Owen and Margaret keep their love relationship in secret and are likely to flee… But Margaret falls pregnant to her lover. Nucky is also not without a sin – after his family discord he takes a young pretty lover and is enamored of her. Trace further the rapidly developing situation, which certainly doesn’t leave you cold.

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This super-successful series depicts the USA in one of its hardest periods of change – on the brink of global shift, the first sign of which was the Prohibition. During this unstable economical and political situation many people tried to make a fortune. And Enoch "Nucky" Thompson is no exception. He’s a kind of a double agent: during the daytime a role model on the state service, at night turning into a thrifty gangster building his own criminal empire and trying to cover the whole city with his vicious network. But hardly could one juggle these two absolutely opposite roles without having to sacrifice something or without the constant threat of being caught. This season continues to develop the main story so beloved by the viewers giving it a few unexpected twists and featuring some new faces and characters. Ron Livingston and Gillian Darmody turn out to be passionate lovers, Jeffrey Wright - a cloud with absolutely not silver lining. This season also touches upon the story of J. Edgar Hoover who later on founded the corner stone of American political and security system – the FBI. Enjoy this criminal drama – a rich mix of human relationships, crime, war against everybody and a great deal of true American action. Watch and enjoy!

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By the fifth season Nucky was left alone without family, partners and adherents of his methods of struggle for illegal market of alcohol. In the end of the fourth season he made up a new business-scheme and set a course for Cuba – motherland of cheap alcohol without dry law. And with the new Cuban episode of Thompson’s life we’ll follow the final season of Boardwalk Empire. The scene is laid seven years later in 1931. The Great depression reached not only USA but also Cuba. The protagonist continually recalls his uneasy childhood. In parallel with these introspections we are able to see the forgotten in the 4th season plots. For instance, we meet Chalky White in the image of obstinate prisoner, Meyer Lanski being on holiday in Cuba with his wife, Lucky Luciano the first person in American-Italian criminal group, Thompson’s ex-wife Margaret, who witnessed the first murder of the new season. On the whole Boardwalk Empires has every reason to be intriguing, enthralling and thought-provoking.

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