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Boardwalk Empire

  • 2010
  • Season 1
  • 12 episodes
  • Drama

Summary

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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Episode 3: Broadway Limited

Summary

The Thompson brothers become engaged in a battle of wills with Van Alden, as they try to prevent the sole survivor of the shooting from revealing anything about the incident. Jimmy begins to worry about what his family got up to while he was at war, while Nucky endures a torrid round of negotiations with Chalky White. Meanwhile, Margaret is surprised when she gets a new job - but her colleagues have no interest in making her feel welcome. Drama, starring Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt and Kelly Macdonald.

Review

One of the failings of Boardwalk Empire was its shortage of decent female characters. As this first series went on a few emerged, but to begin with Kelly Macdonald as Margaret Schroeder, effectively the female lead, came across as more of a timid victim of circumstance than anything else, a poor Irish widow who somehow manages to attract the interest of the most powerful man in Atlantic City. “I’m stronger than I look,” she claims in this third episode, but we’re still waiting for the evidence.

Meanwhile, amid all the bizarre 1920s background detail we hear snatches of a song about girls, with the chorus, “The dumber they come, the better I like ’em...” But the key action happens in an unfortunate dentist’s surgery, where Nelson Van Alden, the wild-eyed, square-jawed prohibition agent, shows his not-so-caring side.

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Nucky ThompsonSteve Buscemi
Jimmy DarmodyMichael Pitt
Margaret SchroederKelly Macdonald
Agent Nelson Van AldenMichael Shannon
Commodore Louis KaestnerDabney Coleman
Eli ThompsonShea Whigham
Eddie KesslerAnthony Laciura
Al CaponeStephen Graham
Angela DarmodyAleksa Palladino
Arnold RothsteinMichael Stuhlbarg
Lucky LucianoVincent Piazza
Lucy DanzigerPaz De La Huerta
Mickey DoylePaul Sparks
Chalky WhiteMichael Kenneth Williams
GillianGretchen Mol
Agent SebsoErik Weiner
Supervisor Frederick ElliotPeter McRobbie
Ward Boss George O'NeillWilliam Hill
Ward Boss FlemingVictor Verhaeghe
Ward Boss Jim NearyRobert Clohessy
Lady JeanCharleigh Parker
SimonJordan Gelber
Deputy HalloranAdam Mucci
Eddie CantorStephen DeRosa
Leo D'AlessioMax Casella
Ignacious D'AlessioEdoardo Ballerini
Robert DittrichJosiah Early
Mary DittrichLisa Joyce
EdithBarbara Tirrell
IsabelleAnna Katarina
Dr BrubakerTuck Milligan
Dr CuomoMark Lotito
Dr Karl LissengerKenneth Tigar

Crew

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DirectorTim Van Patten
WriterMargaret Nagle

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  • Episode 3

    Broadway Limited

    Summary

    The Thompson brothers become engaged in a battle of wills with Van Alden, as they try to prevent the sole survivor of the shooting from revealing anything about the incident. Jimmy begins to worry about what his family got up to while he was at war, while Nucky endures a torrid round of negotiations with Chalky White. Meanwhile, Margaret is surprised when she gets a new job - but her colleagues have no interest in making her feel welcome. Drama, starring Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt and Kelly Macdonald.

    Review

    One of the failings of Boardwalk Empire was its shortage of decent female characters. As this first series went on a few emerged, but to begin with Kelly Macdonald as Margaret Schroeder, effectively the female lead, came across as more of a timid victim of circumstance than anything else, a poor Irish widow who somehow manages to attract the interest of the most powerful man in Atlantic City. “I’m stronger than I look,” she claims in this third episode, but we’re still waiting for the evidence.

    Meanwhile, amid all the bizarre 1920s background detail we hear snatches of a song about girls, with the chorus, “The dumber they come, the better I like ’em...” But the key action happens in an unfortunate dentist’s surgery, where Nelson Van Alden, the wild-eyed, square-jawed prohibition agent, shows his not-so-caring side.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    Nucky ThompsonSteve Buscemi
    Jimmy DarmodyMichael Pitt
    Margaret SchroederKelly Macdonald
    Agent Nelson Van AldenMichael Shannon
    Commodore Louis KaestnerDabney Coleman
    Eli ThompsonShea Whigham
    Eddie KesslerAnthony Laciura
    Al CaponeStephen Graham
    Angela DarmodyAleksa Palladino
    Arnold RothsteinMichael Stuhlbarg
    Lucky LucianoVincent Piazza
    Lucy DanzigerPaz De La Huerta
    Mickey DoylePaul Sparks
    Chalky WhiteMichael Kenneth Williams
    GillianGretchen Mol
    Agent SebsoErik Weiner
    Supervisor Frederick ElliotPeter McRobbie
    Ward Boss George O'NeillWilliam Hill
    Ward Boss FlemingVictor Verhaeghe
    Ward Boss Jim NearyRobert Clohessy
    Lady JeanCharleigh Parker
    SimonJordan Gelber
    Deputy HalloranAdam Mucci
    Eddie CantorStephen DeRosa
    Leo D'AlessioMax Casella
    Ignacious D'AlessioEdoardo Ballerini
    Robert DittrichJosiah Early
    Mary DittrichLisa Joyce
    EdithBarbara Tirrell
    IsabelleAnna Katarina
    Dr BrubakerTuck Milligan
    Dr CuomoMark Lotito
    Dr Karl LissengerKenneth Tigar

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorTim Van Patten
    WriterMargaret Nagle

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