Boardwalk Empire (2010–) is an American television series from premium cable network HBO, set in Atlantic City, New Jersey during the Prohibition era written by Emmy Award-winning screenwriter and producer Terence Winter of The Sopranos.
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Boardwalk Empire [1.1]
- Mrs. McGarry: Coward, monster, vicious brute. Friend to thief and prostitute conscious dulled by demon rum. Liquor, thy name's delirium.
- Nucky Thompson: First rule of politics, kiddo: Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.
- Jimmy Darmody: You can't be half a gangster, Nucky. Not anymore.
- Jimmy Darmody: Nucky, all I want is an opportunity.
- Nucky Thompson: This is America, ain't it? Who the fuck's stopping you?
- Nucky Thompson: Rest assured that dry though the country may be, I am in the midst of concluding arrangements that will keep Atlantic City wet as a mermaid's twat.
- Mayor Harry Bacharach: Jeez, Nucky, you're fucking mermaids now?
- Nucky Thompson: Every vote counts, Mr. Mayor.
- William McCoy: And he took the loaves and fishes, looked at his disciples and said, 'Fuck it. We're going into the whiskey business'.
The Ivory Tower [1.2]
- Arnold Rothstein: There was a man once. I don't recall his name. Frequented the billiard palace downtown. He made a comfortable living wagering whether or not he could swallow certain objects, billiard balls being a specialty. He'd take a ball, stick it in his gullet down to here and regurgitate it back up. One day, I decided to challenge this man. Ten thousand dollars to do the trick with a billiard ball of my choosing. Now he knew I had seen him do this trick at least a dozen times so I can only surmise that he thought I was stupid. I laid out the cash and he swallowed the ball. It lodged in his throat and he choked to death right on the spot. What I knew and he didn't was that the cue ball is one sixteenth of an inch larger than the other balls, just too large for him to swallow. Do you know what the moral of this tale is, Mr.Yale?
- Frankie Yale: Don't eat a cue ball?
- Arnold Rothstein: The moral of the story is: If I'd cause a stranger to choke to death for my own amusement, what do you think I'll do to you if you don't tell me who ordered you to kill Collisimo?
- Margaret Schroeder: Would you help me, Mr. Thompson? All I want is to provide for my children.
- Nucky Thompson: I'd like to help you.
- Margaret Schroeder: Then tell me what to do. What do you want from me?
- Nucky Thompson: I want you to vote Republican.
- Al Capone: What'll it be?
- Corrigan: I'll take a whiskey and a statement on the record.
- Johnny Torrio: [seeing Capone kicking Corrigan] What the fuck's going on?
- Al Capone: I'm making a statement.
Broadway Limited [1.3]
- Nucky Thompson: What's motherfucker mean?
- Eddie Kessler: I suppose it's a schvartze term.
- Chalky White: I was born in Elgin, Texas. My daddy taught himself the carpenter trade doing for the black folk there. I tell you, anything that man put his hand to - table, chair, wedding chest - he make that wood sang. Now one day, a man, Mr. T. O. Persall come 'round. He a white man, own his own store, stable, hotel. He say to my daddy: "I hears you the finest carpenter in Elgin." My daddy tell him: "well I can't say one way or the other, but I knows a bit about somethin'." So Mr. T. O. Persall take my daddy to this house he was building. Biggest house in town. They walk in there, say: "this here gon' be the library. What you think 'bout that?" My daddy say: "Well I think you need some bookcases." "Well then, that's what I want you to make me." Ten months my daddy worked there. And when he finished, he bring me 'round. "Mr. Persall, this here my boy. I'd like to show him what I done." "Well, come on in! Through the front door!" Just like that! And we did. When I see them bookcases, all covered with scroll and flowers, baskets of fruit, little angels floatin' in the corner... that was the most beautiful thing I ever seen. About a month later, another man come 'round. "I see what you did for T. O. Can't let that old dog top me. You come 'round my house, I'll show you what I need. My daddy go with him to the edge of town. Wasn't nothin' there but six white men, twelve foot of rope, and the pepper tree they hung him from... These here my daddy's tools...
- Grand Cyclops of the KKK: What are you gonna do with them?
- Chalky White: Well... I ain't buildin' no bookcase...
Nights in Ballygran [1.5]
- Eli Thompson: The whole thing's a game isn't it? So easy for you. Well, I'll keep at it. Maybe one day I'll lie as good as you.
- Nucky Thompson: It's "lie as well as me", you dolt. You wanna be taken seriously, then learn how to fuckin' speak.
Family Limitation [1.6]
- Nucky Thompson: Knock, goddammit!
- Eddie Kessler: I did!
- Nucky Thompson: Well knock like a man!
- Nucky Thompson: Jesus Christ! The fuck are you doing?
- Eddie Kessler: You told me to knock in a manly fashion.
- Nucky Thompson: Well leave the door on the hinges!
- Richard Harrow: Hrrm. You want this? (brings out a book) My sister sends them to me, cause I used to enjoy 'em.
- Jimmy Darmody: You don't anymore?
- Richard Harrow: Hrrm. It occurred to me the basis of fiction is that people have some sort of connection with each other. Hrrm. But they don't.
Hold Me In Paradise [1.8]
- Senator Walter Edge: I'll make it up to you, later.
- Nucky Thompson: Later, when?
- Senator Walter Edge: When I'm in the White House.
- Nucky Thompson: The only chance you have of entering the White House is on a guided fuckin' tour.
Belle Femme [1.9]
- Jimmy Darmody: When I find them, what do you want me to do?
- Nucky Thompson: You need me to spell it out?
- Jimmy Darmody: I'd like to hear you say it.
- Nucky Thompson: Why?
- Jimmy Darmody: A politician to the last, huh? What, you don't say it, you don't have to deny it later? Or are you just trying to kid yourself?
- Nucky Thompson: About what?
- Jimmy Darmody: The fact that you're a murderer, Nuck. That is what you want me to do, right? Kill them?
- Nucky Thompson: Yes.
- Richard Harrow:Chalky,Mr White,heard back from His men in Philadelphia.
- Jimmy Darmody:Any sign of Them?
- Richard Harrow:Mrs D'allesio,the Mother is there,the sisters and another brother
- Jimmy Darmody:Which one?
- Richard Harrow:Adrian
- Jimmy Darmody:Never heard of Him
- Richard Harrow:He's a dentist.I could go there.
- Jimmy Darmody: Where?
- Richard Harrow:To Philadelphia.
- Jimmy Darmody:There's no point. They're laying low someplace else.
- Richard Harrow:I would kill the mother and the sisters.And the dentist.That would make Them stick Their heads up
- Arnold Rothstein: You know the nice thing about the Bronx Zoo, Charlie? There's bars between you and the monkeys.
The Emerald City [1.10]
- Nucky Thompson: Mr. Rothstein made his bed.
- Jimmy Darmody: Now you fellas can die in it.
- Lucien D'Alessio: (to Matteo D'Alessio) Huh, tough talk when he ain't in the room right?
- Jimmy Darmody: What did you say?
- Lucien D'Alessio: Oh I'm sorry, I thought you heard me. What I said was that you, Mr. Thompson and this coon here can all go fuck each other. Right. (Jimmy draws his gun) Oh! Oh! Fuckin' tough guy, you're gonna shoot me for mouthing off?
- Jimmy Darmody: I wasn't going to, but you kinda talked me into it.
Paris Green [1.11]
- Eli Thompson: Nobody cares about you. They just care about what you can give them. And that includes your Irish chippie, who you just handed a blank cheque!
- Nucky Thompson: Y'know, it's too bad you didn't see Hardeen the other night.
- Eli Thompson: What?
- Nucky Thompson: It's an entertaining act, but if he wasn't Houdini's brother, nobody'd give a fuck!
- Agent Nelson Van Alden: (After drowning his Jewish partner for refusing to convert to Christianity) THOU HAST FULFILLED THE JUDGEMENT OF THE WICKED!!!
A Return to Normalcy [1.12]
- Nucky Thompson: Gentlemen of the Fourth Estate. Tragic though it is, I need hardly remind you that the passage of the 18th Amendment has given rise to a new breed of criminals. Vicious thugs, emboldened by the promise of an easy dollar. Last January, in the woods, only a few miles from where I speak to you today, a horrible massacre occurred. Five men, bootleggers all, were cut down in cold blood by a rival gang. The suspected ringleader of the killers, Hans Schroeder, was found dead days later, caught in a fisherman's net in one of our piers. Due to the tireless work of my brother, former sheriff Eli Thompson, we have since learned the Schroeder's conspirators in this cowardly attack were a group of killers laid to Philadelphia, well-known to law enforcement as the D'Alessio brothers. I am happy to report, they are being sought for questioning as I speak. Motivated by political gain, the Democrats have argued that the incumbent administration has been rife with corruption, soft on crime. On this election eve, I submit to you this: while this heinous crime did certainly occur on the Republican watch, the apprehension of those responsible did as well. Vote for Edward Bader tomorrow, and keep our city safe. I thank you all, and God bless America!
- Margaret:There's a kindness in You.I know it.How can You do what You do?
- Nucky:We all have to decide for ourselves how much Sin we can live with