Hell on Wheels (2011–2016)
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Pilot 

A former confederate soldier journeys to the transcontinental railroad to seek vengeance.

Director:

David Von Ancken

Writers:

Joe Gayton (creator), Tony Gayton (creator) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anson Mount ... Cullen Bohannon
Colm Meaney ... Thomas 'Doc' Durant
Common ... Elam Ferguson
Dominique McElligott ... Lily Bell
Tom Noonan ... Reverend Nathaniel Cole
Eddie Spears ... Joseph Black Moon
Ben Esler ... Sean McGinnes
Phil Burke ... Mickey McGinnes
Jesse Lipscombe ... William (as Jesse Libscombe)
Gerald Auger ... Pawnee Killer
Ian Tracey ... Bolan
Ted Levine ... Daniel Johnson
Diego Diablo Del Mar ... Dix
Robert Moloney ... Robert Bell
David LeReaney ... Telegraph Operator

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Storyline

A former confederate soldier journeys to the transcontinental railroad to seek vengeance.

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Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Trivia

This episode stars Tom Noonan and Ted Levine, both of whom have played villains in a Hannibal Lecter film. Noonan played Francis Dollarhyde (aka The Tooth Fairy) in Manhunter, with Brian Cox as Lecter, and Levine played Jame Gumb (aka Buffalo Bill) in Silence Of The Lambs with Anthony Hokpins as Lecter. See more »

Goofs

As Joseph Black Moon is baptized, the rest of the congregation is singing the hymn "Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior". The show takes place in 1865; however the lyrics to this hymn were not written until 1868, and the music until 1870. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Priest's Voice: Unburden yourself, my son.
Union Soldier: I was with General Sherman on his march south. What we did... evil, unspeakable things.
Priest's Voice: You were a soldier. You were following orders.
Union Soldier: No. They were not just orders. We opened a dark door, and the Devil stepped in.
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Soundtracks

So Far from Your Weapon
(uncredited)
Written by Alison Mosshart
Performed by The Dead Weather
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User Reviews

Good start
7 November 2011 | by Red_IdentitySee all my reviews

I was definitely disappointed in the reviews that this was show was getting. I just want o say it was nowhere near as bad or dull. The Pilot was definitely not perfect, and it had some flaws, but overall, I am intrigued enough to continue watching. The lead actor was also pretty good, although there was one moment where he was laughable and it was his scream of 'NO!' when they murder someone with information at the end. It was just hilarious. Other than that, he was no more weaker than the lead for The Walking Dead (who I dislike a lot and brings the show down). I also don't know why people are acting like this is the first AMC Pilot to not be amazing. I did not find it bad, but opposed to that, I never found the Pilot for The Killing or even Rubicon that strong, although The Killing's was definitely weaker and Rubicon got much better as it went along. So I give it a solid 8/10.


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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Alberta, Canada

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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