Boardwalk Empire: Season 5 (2014)


Season 5
Boardwalk Empire

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The final season of Boardwalk Empire is as visually dazzling and well-acted as ever, but it's the emphasis on Nucky Thompson's history that's particularly rewarding this time out.

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Air date: Sep 7, 2014

Nucky reminisces about catching the Commodore's eye; Nucky joins Sally Wheet in Cuba; Margaret finds herself in the hot seat; Chalky tries to extricate himself from a difficult situation; Lucky Luciano sets a bold plan in motion.

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Air date: Oct 26, 2014

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Air date: Sep 28, 2014

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Air date: Oct 19, 2014

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Air date: Sep 21, 2014

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Air date: Sep 14, 2014

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Air date: Oct 12, 2014

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Air date: Sep 14, 2014

Nucky pays a visit to Johnny Torrio; Eli and Van Alden must recoup money lost during a federal raid by Eliot Ness; Willie has a job interview; in 1884, young Nucky deals with the death of his sister.

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Air date: Sep 21, 2014

Chalky heads in a new direction; Margaret finds herself in a quandary; Nucky hosts a prospective partner from Boston; Luciano and Siegel meet with Narcisse in Harlem; in 1884, young Nucky flirts with a girl.

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Air date: Sep 28, 2014

Nucky and Margaret find common ground in Atlantic City; Luciano encounters an old adversary; Sally Wheet makes a payment in Cuba; in 1884, young Nucky moves up the Commodore's ladder.

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Cast & Crew

Steve Buscemi
Enoch "Nucky" Thompson

Actor
Kelly Macdonald
Margaret Schroeder

Actor
Michael Shannon
Nelson Van Alden

Actor
Shea Whigham
Elias Thompson

Actor
Stephen Graham
Al Capone

Actor
Vincent Piazza
Lucky Luciano

Actor
Paul Sparks
Mickey Doyle

Actor
Michael K. Williams
Chalky White

Actor
Jeffrey Wright
Dr. Valentin Narcisse

Actor
Ben Rosenfield
Willie Thompson

Actor
Gretchen Mol
Gillian

Actor
Dominic Chianese
Leander Whitlock

Actor
Boris McGiver
Sheriff Jacob Lindsay

Guest Star
Domenick Lombardozzi
Ralph Capone

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Patricia Arquette
Sally Wheet

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Anatol Yusef
Meyer Lansky

Guest Star
Matt Letscher
Joseph Kennedy

Guest Star
Louis Cancelmi
Mike D'Angelo

Guest Star
Ian Hart
Ethan Thompson

Guest Star
Giampiero Judica
Salvatore Maranzano

Guest Star
Terence Winter
Executive Producer
Martin Scorsese
Executive Producer
Tim Van Patten
Executive Producer
Stephen Levinson
Executive Producer
Mark Wahlberg
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Audience Reviews for Boardwalk Empire: Season 5

  • Aug 04, 2021
    The final episode is probably my favorite series finale. Poetic, and well executed, Steve Buscemi delivers a brilliant performance for his final turn as Nucky. It is a slight shame the didn't have one more season to cover more historical events, but what we get does great justice to the characters, and leaves one of the most consistently great television shows I've seen.
  • Jul 26, 2021
    I couldn't make it to the end of the season. It felt like they attempted to put 3 seasons worth of story into 1 season. The show was all over the place.
  • Jun 30, 2021
    Excellent ending. It feels like they compacted a lot into the season, but it keeps you engaged until the end
  • Mar 02, 2021
    The final season of Boardwalk Empire stands out because of its deft ability to explore Thompson's past in order to re-establish himself as a more sympathetic character after seasons of self-interest and callousness that established him as a full-fledged gangster. These flashbacks add depth to the arch of the entire series, and are balanced with the conclusions of each individual character's story which meander off into the passing time of history.
  • Nov 27, 2020
    One of the most structured, layered, and complex series ever. Each tiny event shapes up another, all occurring simultaneously. Plenty of main characters, each beautifully written for their arc and purposes. Highly political mafia stuffs with quality dialogues, flawless acting, artistic details, and Grammy winning music. Too good, too elegant | follow us at @uncle.review
  • Jun 17, 2018
    The epic conclusion to what has established itself as my favorite tv series of all time. Sad to see it go, but happy to re watch it all over again
  • Jan 16, 2018
    One thing i love about boardwalk empire is how it shows you the background on so many historical mob figures like capone, luciano, lansky, bugsy Siegel, masseria and maranzano. And other historical figures as well. The main story of nucky Johnson is rather embellished but the story of all these other side characters is pretty accurate as you can watch them rise to the throne. Very good tv series. Especially this last season where they jump way ahead and capone is goin down for tax evasion, luciano is on his way up as the man who established the commission, and lansky and bugay are right behind him. As fpr nucky, well they embellished his story quite a bit. Still though awesome show!
  • Aug 07, 2016
    I regret to say I have finally finished watching "epic" television in the five seasons (56 hours) of BOARDWALK EMPIRE. The scope of history - from the adoption of the 18th Amendment's prohibiting the making, transporting, and selling of alcoholic beverages passed in 1919 through its repeal in 1933, and how it generated an industry run by criminals - names of gangster's that are still familiar to us, their brutality romanticized over time in film and television; Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Al Capone, Arnold Rothstein, etc. set against the backdrop of Atlantic City with satellite locations in NYC, Chicago and Miami. The history of race relations, women's rights, workers rights, corrupt public servants and rigged elections are woven through the plot as broken, disillusioned soldiers return home from fighting in WW I; Presidential elections come and go as the nation slides into dissolution and the chaos of financial ruin. Names that are familiar to us such as J. Edgar Hoover, Eddie Cantor, Joe Kennedy (father of Jack) are characterized but not caricatured by a wonderful cast. When one great actor gets written out of the series, and I feel a deep disappointment, another one appears and gives an equally compelling performance. Ambition, greed, sex, love and marriage - the range of uniquely varied personal interactions propels the plot into new directions as we witness the ebb and flow of time on a character's persona.There is an authenticity to the sense of place - from the shacks in the "negro" part of town to the lavishly decorated mansions of the power-brokers - each set design has intricate details that help delineate an accurate, sociological study of southern NJ coastal towns. The cinematography is often exquisitely breathtaking, such as choreographed scenes of violence in the darkened light of night; the infinite expanse of water touching the Atlantic City shoreline with bursts of gunfire spawning fireworks of sharp white flashes, a resounding thunder of sound and visual effects, and then the quiet of death, red blood slowly puddling on the ground. BOARDWALK EMPIRE has a superb cast: doe-eyed Steve Buscemi in the role of his life portraying Nucky Thompson - the "overlord" of Atlantic City - a man who “tried to be good” but reached for more and more money to maintain the lifestyle that he envied as a child, and eventually achieves at a terrible cost; Bobby Cannavale - great as the clinically insane gangster Gyp Rosetti whose id is let loose in horrific acts of violence; Michael K. Williams is heartbreaking - hard and pragmatic in business with a poetic, “romantic” side as “Chalky White” the son of a carpenter who was lynched by the very white men he was building cabinets for - Chalky runs the black part of town and teams up with Nucky in the bootlegging business; Jeffrey Wright as Dr. Valentin Narcisse, a disciple of Marcus Garvey whose actions belie his philosophical beliefs; the always terrific Michael Shannon as a fanatically religious federal Agent who loses his way; Stephen Graham as the explosive, vicious mobster, Al Capone; Kelly Macdonald as Margaret Thompson married to Nucky whose beauty blossoms while her innocence fades away; Gretchen Mol- a tragic figure as Gillian Darmody mother and lover of her son Jimmy played by Michael Pitt - a tragic tale of a woman who had to face life alone as a child battling sexual abuse among other acts that vulnerable children with no protectors are forced to endure; and a personal favorite Jack Huston-grandson of great director John Huston who comes home from the War with half his face blown off - hidden behind a mask - a complicated person whose sharp-shooting skills are put to use by the mob, but whose goodness prevails - if anyone takes the time to “look” at him. I encourage you to take the time to view this series - it is true to the historical figures which are intertwined into this grand tale of the Prohibition era - post WWI up to pre WWII where money and power contaminated those who were supposed to be the guardians of the populace. Relationships between family members, husbands and wives, fathers and sons, sisters and brothers are all impacted by the vicissitudes of an age that tried to stamp down profligate behavior and ironically encouraged a much deeper amorality.
  • Feb 10, 2016
    Fiction meets gangster history. Masterpiece! First time I described anything as such :)
  • Sep 18, 2015
    Season 5 sings eulogy to every beloved characters with an emphasis on Nucky' childhood and rise to power.
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