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Miami Beach, 1959. As Ike Evans rings in the New Year at his luxurious Miramar Playa Hotel, Havana falls to Castro’s rebels. It’s a turbulent time in Miami, but it’s THE place to be. The Kennedys, the mob and the CIA all hold court here. And Ike, he’s the star of his hotel. But everything comes at a price. To finance his dream, he sold his soul to mob boss Ben “The Butcher” Diamond. Ike’s wife Vera, a former showgirl, and his three kids think he’s an honorable man, but he can’t break his pact with the devil. His life is a façade. In fact, nothing at the Miramar Playa is what it seems. By day, it’s diving clowns and cha-cha lessons. By night, escorts have secret liaisons with husbands in the family cabanas, while Miami’s seedier residents and the law drift together to hear legendary singers, musicians and comics. As Ike’s world threatens to implode, he fights for his family, and the Miramar Playa, in Magic City.
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The story of "Magic City" takes place in Miami Beach circa 1959. Ike Evans (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a visionary hotelier, has just opened the exclusive Miramar Hotel. It's a tumultuous time. Evans is combating an underworld business partner (a great Danny Huston), fending off inquiries from the District Attorney's office, dealing with a crisis in Cuba, opposing unionization, and dealing with a family that all share responsibilities within the resort. It's a great environment for drama. Add that the hotel features talent such as Sinatra (not shown) and hosts gala events for Jackie Kennedy (not shown), and it's an incredible world mixing fact with fiction.Read more ›
The story revolves around Ike Evans (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a man who struggled from the bottom to get to the top. The owner and main driving force behind the Miramar Hotel on the famous beach does whatever he can to make his business succeed. Unfortunately that includes becoming involved with the mob in the form of boss Ben Diamond (Danny Huston).
The time is ripe for mob influence as well with Castro coming into power in Cuba and their hotels/casinos there being lost. They not only want to be involved in the hotels in Miami, they want to take ownership of them from behind the scenes. It's the only way they can with the FBI looking over their shoulder.
Ike sees the potential that the hotels in Miami have. He sees it as more than a simple place to rest yourself on the road to somewhere. This is a resort town in the making with the potential of casinos and high class entertainment much like Vegas which was developing at the same time.Read more ›
I like the series VERY much. It's a period piece...late 50's and onward.
The background..clothing...cars...furniture all look fantastic.
All the actors do a great job.
This series has EVERTHING...including Mob characters....and people that swim with the fishies .
Kind of timely considering Man Men is also out there.
The only other negative I have about the show, is the main actor, Jeffery Dean Morgan who plays Ike, the main man that owns the faboo hotel on the beach. He needs to have more verve, dynamics and excitement, as his older son possesses,and whom I love to watch. The younger son, really should have been another actor, if they needed him at all, in my opinion.
The girls are plentiful, and beautiful and sexy and so are the cars of that era. Can't wait until the second season. Hope Morgan comes back with more of a masculine touch, however. You know, raw, and unafraid....not so passive, as he was in the first season. The rest of the guys are hot though, especially my favorite, The Butcher, who is Danny Houston, son of John Houston and half-sister to Angelica Houston. This guy can ACT!!! And the writers have really done an A+ job of casting and writing him. He makes the show, in my opinion. :)
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Great characters! Great music! Can't wait to see Season 2 and the development of the story.Published 23 days ago by Joseluis Avalos
Outstanding period drama set in 1959 Miami with the handsome and sexy Jeffrey Dean Morgan starring as a Miami beach luxury hotel owner reluctantly in bed with the Mob to save his... Read morePublished 1 month ago by skeeter
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