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Halb

23,154 posts

66 months

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Why did the fat restaurant owner get shot in the head in the first ep?

goforbroke

796 posts

101 months

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Tuesday 8th February 2011 quote quote all
Just a heads up that Sky Three on Freeview is doing special showings of some Sky Atlantic stuff this weekend. Boardwalk Empire Eps 1 & 2 are being shown on Sunday night.

Should be good to get a taster of the show.

davepoth

22,934 posts

82 months

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Tuesday 8th February 2011 quote quote all
Halb said:
Why did the fat restaurant owner get shot in the head in the first ep?
IIRC Big Jim Colosimo was killed because Rothstein thought he was behind the whiskey heist.

Halb

23,154 posts

66 months

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Tuesday 8th February 2011 quote quote all
davepoth said:
IIRC Big Jim Colosimo was killed because Rothstein thought he was behind the whiskey heist.
Right thanks, I'll have to watch it again cas I thought it was Nucky's brother that did it.

davepoth

22,934 posts

82 months

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Wednesday 9th February 2011 quote quote all
Halb said:
Right thanks, I'll have to watch it again cas I thought it was Nucky's brother that did it.
It's been months since I've watched it, so I may have got it wrong.
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y2blade

54,250 posts

98 months

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Wednesday 9th February 2011 quote quote all
I have got this on Sky+, not watched it yet though smile

Eric Mc

75,811 posts

148 months

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Wednesday 9th February 2011 quote quote all
Without giving away the basic plot, what is the general theme of the series? I have always been interested in the 1920s/30s gangster era of the USA ( ever since I saw Barry Norman do a brilliant 1 hour doc on this in 1984).

mcflurry

7,841 posts

136 months

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Wednesday 9th February 2011 quote quote all
Politican in Prohibition times smile

monthefish

17,637 posts

114 months

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Wednesday 9th February 2011 quote quote all
Eric Mc said:
Without giving away the basic plot, what is the general theme of the series? I have always been interested in the 1920s/30s gangster era of the USA
It's basically that.

Bootlegging, but with the twist that the main character involved is a local 'councillor' or somesutch, and his brother is the town 'sheriff' who is involved (and therfore obviously corrupt).

Eric Mc

75,811 posts

148 months

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Wednesday 9th February 2011 quote quote all
Are the characters based on real gansters and politicians of that era or are they purely ficticious?

monthefish

17,637 posts

114 months

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Wednesday 9th February 2011 quote quote all
Eric Mc said:
Are the characters based on real gansters and politicians of that era or are they purely ficticious?
Ficticious as far as I know, although they've shoehorned in a young Al Capone, as a trainee/small time gangster/driver. Not sure on the historical accuracy of this element however.

The atmosphere of the show is very good indeed, and if that specific era holds a particular interest for you, you would probably enjoy this.

Mister V

1,067 posts

83 months

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Wednesday 9th February 2011 quote quote all
monthefish said:
Ficticious as far as I know, although they've shoehorned in a young Al Capone, as a trainee/small time gangster/driver. Not sure on the historical accuracy of this element however.

The atmosphere of the show is very good indeed, and if that specific era holds a particular interest for you, you would probably enjoy this.
I believe that Nucky is based on someone called Nucky Johnson.


Edited by Mister V on Wednesday 9th February 18:38

Eric Mc

75,811 posts

148 months

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Wednesday 9th February 2011 quote quote all
Capone started life as a runner, bouncer, book-keeper and general gofer for one of the big time New York hoodlums, Frank Yale and later Chicago based Jo Collisimo.

Dodgey_Rog

1,860 posts

143 months

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Wednesday 9th February 2011 quote quote all
Eric Mc said:
Capone started life as a runner, bouncer, book-keeper and general gofer for one of the big time New York hoodlums, Frank Yale and later Chicago based Jo Collisimo.
Staggering the amount of money he made from bootlegging and the prohibition era as a whole, in todays money equates to something like $1 billion a year his firm was raking in.

Eric Mc

75,811 posts

148 months

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Wednesday 9th February 2011 quote quote all
The result of a huge market who were willing to break the law.

Halb

23,154 posts

66 months

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Wednesday 9th February 2011 quote quote all
Nucky is the chief treasurer of Atlantic City (a place under used in the mafia genre, what with Vegas/New York/New Jersey/Chicago getting all the stories) and I find it fresh. Showing light on how thing worked in that town.
I didn't even recognise Dabney Coleman the first few times I saw him, think is a great actorbiggrin

muppetdave

1,962 posts

108 months

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Wednesday 9th February 2011 quote quote all
monthefish said:
Ficticious as far as I know, although they've shoehorned in a young Al Capone, as a trainee/small time gangster/driver. Not sure on the historical accuracy of this element however.

The atmosphere of the show is very good indeed, and if that specific era holds a particular interest for you, you would probably enjoy this.
Nucky was a 'true' character with a name change (he was was really called Enoch "Nucky" Johnson, and not Thompson as per the show - Atlantic City was the home of anti-prohibition activities, so a mafia centre. Al Capone is in the series as a young runner, I believe there's some truth in that. Also Lucky Luciano is shown early on (the fiery guy, can't remember what his pool playing boss was called), who went on to be one of the main mafioso in the US.

Halb

23,154 posts

66 months

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Wednesday 9th February 2011 quote quote all
His boss was called Rothstein.

davepoth

22,934 posts

82 months

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Wednesday 9th February 2011 quote quote all
Eric Mc said:
Are the characters based on real gansters and politicians of that era or are they purely ficticious?
All of the "big name" gangsters are real, some characters are composites, and some are made up. But generally the story follows history.

Eric Mc

75,811 posts

148 months

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Thursday 10th February 2011 quote quote all
Sounds interesting. I wonder will it surface on some other chanels eventually - I don't subscribe to Sky (I'm a Virgin man smile)
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