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A show set in the late 1800s, revolving around the characters of Deadwood, South Dakota; a town of deep corruption and crime.

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David Milch
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Timothy Olyphant ...  Seth Bullock 36 episodes, 2004-2006
Ian McShane ...  Al Swearengen 36 episodes, 2004-2006
Molly Parker ...  Alma Garret 36 episodes, 2004-2006
Brad Dourif ...  Doc Cochran 36 episodes, 2004-2006
W. Earl Brown ...  Dan Dority 36 episodes, 2004-2006
John Hawkes ...  Sol Star 36 episodes, 2004-2006
Paula Malcomson ...  Trixie 36 episodes, 2004-2006
Dayton Callie ...  Charlie Utter 36 episodes, 2004-2006
Leon Rippy ...  Tom Nuttall 36 episodes, 2004-2006
William Sanderson ...  E.B. Farnum 36 episodes, 2004-2006
Robin Weigert ...  Calamity Jane 36 episodes, 2004-2006
Sean Bridgers ...  Johnny Burns 36 episodes, 2004-2006
Bree Seanna Wall ...  Sofia Metz 36 episodes, 2004-2006
Jim Beaver ...  Whitney Ellsworth 35 episodes, 2004-2006
Jeffrey Jones ...  A.W. Merrick 35 episodes, 2004-2006
Kim Dickens ...  Joanie Stubbs 34 episodes, 2004-2006
Powers Boothe ...  Cy Tolliver 34 episodes, 2004-2006
Titus Welliver ...  Silas Adams 27 episodes, 2004-2006
Peter Jason ...  Con Stapleton 26 episodes, 2004-2006
Anna Gunn ...  Martha Bullock 24 episodes, 2005-2006
Larry Cedar ...  Leon 24 episodes, 2004-2006
Geri Jewell ...  Jewel 23 episodes, 2004-2006
Ralph Richeson ...  Richardson 21 episodes, 2004-2006
Keone Young ...  Mr. Wu 18 episodes, 2004-2006
Ashleigh Kizer ...  Dolly 17 episodes, 2004-2006
Garret Dillahunt ...  Francis Wolcott / ... 16 episodes, 2004-2005
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The town of Deadwood, South Dakota in the weeks following the Custer massacre is a lawless sinkhole of crime and corruption. Into this uncivilized outpost ride a disillusioned and bitter ex-lawman, Wild Bill Hickok, and Seth Bullock, a man hoping to find a new start for himself. Both men find themselves quickly on opposite sides of the legal and moral fence from Al Swearengen, saloon owner, hotel operator, and incipient boss of Deadwood. The lives of these three intertwine with many others, the high-minded and the low-lifes who populate Deadwood in 1876. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Official Sites:

HBO [United States]

Country:

USA

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English | Irish

Release Date:

21 March 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deadwood See more »

Filming Locations:

Frazier Park, California, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital

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1.78 : 1
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HBO offered the chance to David Milch to wrap the series in a shorter fourth season, but he declined to do it on those conditions. However, when Chris Albrecht was asked about it, he said that they also told Milch that HBO would give him a full twelve-episode season, if it was what he needed to wrap the show. Milch told them he would think about it over a weekend, but the news about the show possibly being cancelled reached the press to such a speed, that that conversation never happened, and Milch just moved on to develop John from Cincinnati (2007). See more »

Goofs

In one scene set in the Gem Saloon, the tune to "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee" is played on the piano. This song was composed in 1912, and the show is set in 1876-77. See more »

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Sol Star: Dulled faculties!
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The old west brought back to life
11 August 2014 | by gogoschka-1See all my reviews

If you want to experience the – real – old west first hand, look no further; you'll find it in 'Deadwood'. There has never been a show or a film that came as close to showing what life must have been like in those lawless young towns that got built nearly over night wherever gold was found. A magnet for all kind of fortune seekers (gold diggers, whores, outlaws – but also settlers who were just hoping to build a better life), the town of Deadwood was notorious even by the standards of the time. In the show, this "cesspool of vice" is brought back to life with great attention to historical detail. You'll find no romanticised view of pioneers who lived and died by "the code of honour", but real people whose moral standards are – in most cases – murky at best. And the world they inhabit is a rough, dirty, violent place where only the fiercest – and the most cunning – survive.

As far as the historical characters depicted in the show are concerned, the writers naturally had to take some liberties (after all, nobody knows exactly who said or did what at the time), but the depiction of the era and the historical background are very accurate. Yet this is not a history lesson; it's an immensely entertaining western-show blessed with some of the best writers and actors working in television and film today – and especially the cast of 'Deadwood' really can't get enough praise: there is not a single performance here that isn't excellent. Of course, the one who steals the show is Ian McShane. His Al Swearengen is one of the most morally complex and fun-to-watch characters I've ever seen (and he misses absolutely no opportunity to show you just what the first five letters in "SWEAR-engen" stand for). The power-struggles in Deadwood he is involved in – and since he wants to maintain his position at the top of the food-chain he's involved in all of them – are equalled in complexity and entertainment value only by those in top-notch shows like 'Game of Thrones', 'House of Cards' or 'Breaking Bad'. And the lengths Al is willing to go to achieve his goals secure him a place in the top ten of "all-time great bad-asses".

So my verdict: While certainly not for the easily offended or those who prefer a "sanitized version" of the old west, 'Deadwood' offers a fascinating look at a time we mostly know from myths and legends and gives us a chance to revisit those and see them from a different angle. Great, intelligent and informative entertainment. 9 stars out of 10.

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