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Hell on Wheels 

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The Civil War is past, but former Confederate soldier Cullen Bohannon can't put it behind him. Fresh are the memories of the death of his wife, killed at the hands of the Union soldiers, an act that sets him on a course of revenge.

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Joe Gayton, Tony Gayton
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Anson Mount ...  Cullen Bohannon 55 episodes, 2011-2016
Colm Meaney ...  Thomas 'Doc' Durant 52 episodes, 2011-2016
Robin McLeavy ...  Eva 50 episodes, 2011-2016
Phil Burke ...  Mickey McGinnes 49 episodes, 2011-2016
Christopher Heyerdahl ...  The Swede / ... 40 episodes, 2011-2016
Dohn Norwood ...  Psalms / ... 38 episodes, 2011-2016
Common ...  Elam Ferguson 32 episodes, 2011-2014
Kasha Kropinski ...  Ruth / ... 31 episodes, 2011-2014
Ben Esler ...  Sean McGinnes 28 episodes, 2011-2013
Jennifer Ferrin ...  Louise Ellison 24 episodes, 2013-2016
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Storyline

Cullen Bohannon, a former soldier and slaveholder, follows the track of a band of Union soldiers, the killers of his wife. This brings him to the middle of one of the biggest projects in US history, the building of the transcontinental railroad. After the war years in the 1860s, this undertaking connected the prospering east with the still wild west. Written by cc ardbeg

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Taglines:

Blood will be spilled. Lives will be lost. Men will be ruined. (season 1) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Canada | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hell on Wheels See more »

Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

As a result of attacks by Native Americans, the US Army had to accompany the mobile "town" that followed the railroad crews as the Union Pacific moved west. These towns were mostly tents and wagons and not only consisted of the railroad workers, but entrepreneurs who provided services to the workers such as gambling and prostitution. "Hell on Wheels" was the actual name of the mobile tent community at that time. It was originally coined by the newspaper editor of the Springfield Republican newspaper and the name stuck. See more »

Goofs

All of the natives in this series are depicted with eyebrows. Almost all the native peoples of North America routinely removed all facial hair as part of their cultural traditions - including eyebrows. See the 19th-century photographs by Edward S Curtis and others, and the paintings from life by Bodmer, Catlin, and Kurtz and you will find nobody with eyebrows. This and many other cultural elements were lost during the early Reservation era and today even Native American actors are sadly unaware of it. See more »

Quotes

Town Sign: Hell on Wheels. Population: One less every day.
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Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Fictional Live-Action TV Towns (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Stay Home With Elam
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Composed by Kevin Kiner and Gustavo Santaolalla
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Love this show
2 February 2012 | by hanebaumSee all my reviews

I Love this show. Best I've seen in a long time. I had no interest in a following a western, in fact was put of by genera, but decided to give it a try anyway as the trailers seemed pretty good.

The characters are complex, the cinematography outstanding, and the shows plot lines are solid.

I love the soundtracks... the fact that you seldom if ever hear "country music", but instead Dixieland, blues, folk and rock sometimes layered over scenes that you may not immediately equate with the music you are hearing and as a result make the scene more memorable.

Overall, each episode is a feast to the eyes and ears. Yes, the material may not be mind shattering, but that I think is not what one should expect from a western.

It has picked a period where it was able to mash up a lot of different "western" inspirations... railroad, civil war, calvary, Lynch mobs, cowboys and Indians, etc. and has tied them together very well.

Can't wait for season 2.


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