Deadwood (2004–2006)
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A Lie Agreed Upon: Part I 

Tensions flare as the camp faces an uncertain future. Al Swearengen taunts Seth Bullock over his relationship with Alma Garret, and the resulting confrontation between sheriff and criminal ... See full summary »

Director:

Ed Bianchi

Writers:

David Milch (created by), David Milch
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Olyphant ... Seth Bullock
Ian McShane ... Al Swearengen
Molly Parker ... Alma Garret
Jim Beaver ... Whitney Ellsworth
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
W. Earl Brown ... Dan Dority
Dayton Callie ... Charlie Utter
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Storyline

Tensions flare as the camp faces an uncertain future. Al Swearengen taunts Seth Bullock over his relationship with Alma Garret, and the resulting confrontation between sheriff and criminal turns violent. With a new business venture on the horizon, Joanie Stubbs and Cy Tolliver await the arrival of some fancy new whores on the next stagecoach, which also bears two important reminders of Bullock's past. Written by WyattJones

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 2005 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The title comes from a famous saying (most frequently attributed to Napoleon) that history is a lie agreed upon. See more »

Goofs

The plate glass used to dress the hardware store set would have been either unavailable, prohibitively expensive, or impossible to ship overland at the time. See more »

Quotes

Cy Tolliver: Don't believe there's no good women 'til you've seen one with maggots in her eyes
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Theme From Deadwood
(uncredited)
Written by David Schwartz
Performed by James Parks
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worth it to watch Powers Boothe steal the whole episode
8 January 2015 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

... which is no mean feat in a "western" that features such strong actors and piercing dialog.

In earlier reviews of Season 1 I flagged when McShane wrapped up entire scenes and walked away with them, gift-wrapped. I flagged when one of the Carradine brothers did a "Wild Bill" as good as or better than any of the full-length Hollywood spectacles that have been done on the man.

And in my review of the last episode of Season 1, I complimented Milch and his team for allowing Olyphant to reach his stride and "come from behind" to walk away with that one.

As a stand-alone dramatic episode, you could argue that this opener drags a mite, but that is to be expected in any episode with the words "Part I" in the title.

The treat however is watching Powers Boothe in action. If you check out the credits for the whole series, you will see that Boothe's agent negotiated a special credit for him at the end of the off-the-top roll. The reason he could do that is because Boothe isn't just any old TV actor, look him up on IMDb, he is a former A-lister from the feature side who was, we now know, kept in reserve for occasions just like this one.

Stunning to watch.


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