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Taking place in the 1920's and 1930's, Boardwalk Empire follows the life and times of Enoch "Nucky" Thompson, a political man who rose to power in Atlantic City, acquiring mobster friends, historical acquaintances and and an increasing interest from the federal government along the way.
Following Nucky as he goes from a fairly legitimate political figure, to a mob helped boss, the show never loses pace with the speed and intensity that are well known to the Prohibition Era. From working with brothels, gambling rooms, and bars, to acting like an innocent public service, Nucky is a highly enthralling character who keeps you interested to see just how far he will go to be on top of Atlantic City.
Atlantic City itself is one of the shows stars, as it progresses from a quaint seaside town, to a gambling mecca where anything can be attained and anything goes. Watching the descent of the city from a legitimate resort town to it's prohibition-fueled counterpart fits perfectly with the characters who themselves are experiencing a similar change, driven by the greed that comes with being powerful men.
Often times gritty and almost terrifying, Boardwalk Empire takes you mercilessly into the beginning of American gangsters during the Prohibition era. With it's enthralling characters and raw story telling, the show portrays not just the downward spiral of a town, but the descent that the men in charge must experience to stay at the top. Giving no apologies and never slowing down, Boardwalk Empire leaves you wanting to see just how far Atlantic City's leaders will go to attain everything they desire, legal or not.
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Nucky considers moving from Atlantic City to Manhattan. Margaret makes an impression on Nucky and a grain-company stockholder. Luciano deals with unfinished business. Willie discusses underworld details with the U.S. Attorney, who happens to be his boss. Nucky pays Gillian a visit at the hospital. In 1897, Nucky deals with a family crisis and makes a deal, that decides his future, with the Commodore.
Nucky seeks to hold onto his assets in Atlantic City when he and Luciano are at war.
Federal agents ask Eli and Van Alden to help take down the Capone organization. Nucky, who is struggling with a recent loss, turns to the bottle for solace.
Chalky comes back to Atlantic City wanting revenge.
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HBO is back with the third season and first episode of the 1920s era "Boardwalk Empire". It's New Year's Eve, 1922. The illegal booze is still flowing and Enoch “Nucky” Thompson (Steve Buscemi) is back in control as public humanitarian while carousing with gangsters and corrupt politicians who run the illegal acts of Atlantic City. Nucky and his wife "act" the part of the married couple but struggle with the past and current affairs of both parties.