Deadwood (2004–2006)
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A marriage occurs against a backdrop of murder and negotiations for elections and the camp.


Ed Bianchi


David Milch (created by), Ted Mann




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Olyphant ... Seth Bullock
Ian McShane ... Al Swearengen
Molly Parker ... Alma Garret
Jim Beaver ... Whitney Ellsworth
W. Earl Brown ... Dan Dority
Dayton Callie ... Charlie Utter
Kim Dickens ... Joanie Stubbs
Brad Dourif ... Doc Cochran
Anna Gunn ... Martha Bullock
John Hawkes ... Sol Star
Jeffrey Jones ... A.W. Merrick
Paula Malcomson ... Trixie
Leon Rippy ... Tom Nuttall
William Sanderson ... E.B. Farnum
Robin Weigert ... Calamity Jane


As Deadwood readies for a celebration, George Hearst's arrival in camp brings upheaval. Hearst cuts ties with Wolcott and makes separate arrangements with Swearengen regarding the camp's "celestials", and E.B., who suffers from gastric difficulties. Tensions in camp boil over between Andy and Cy, as well as in "Chinaman's Alley". Swearengen orchestrates new elections, and sends Bullock home to his wife. Written by WyattJones

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Release Date:

22 May 2005 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Wu and Swearengen would often end their conversations with a crossed finger gesture and the phrase "heng dai." In Cantonese this means "brothers." See more »


When E.B. falls backwards off of the stump while talking to Mr. Hearst, his boots have modern rubber soles with a tread pattern on them. See more »


E.B. Farnum: Allow me a moment's silence Mr Hearst, sir, I'm having a digestive crisis and must focus on repressing it's expression.
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Theme From Deadwood
Written by David Schwartz
Performed by James Parks
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where is the credit for Francis Ford Coppola?
22 March 2015 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

Before I start this review -- a review themed on the nature of beginnings and endings -- I suggest that if you are watching on DVD go back to the 47:00 mark and notice the way the writers worked a suicide so delicately into an episode about .. a wedding. This is an unforgettable scene, high art, and one of the most memorable scenes in TV I have ever seen.

I have said in past reviews that moreso than other series DEADWOOD best resembles an ongoing Broadway play disguised as a western disguised as a TV show.

And here is proof.

In TV, even in top shows, there are very few endings. There are climaxes. There are resolutions. But the endings are generally left to the imagination of the viewer, and the time they would have otherwise taken spent on commercial breaks.

So here, a showcase of writing and acting, is an episode which is really one very long ending.

And a missing credit to Francis Ford Coppola for perfecting the technique (in Godfather 1 2 and 3) matching simultaneous scenes that reach their conclusions in perfect sync.

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