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Casino Jack -- Kevin Spacey gives the performance of a lifetime as Jack Abramoff, a man seduced by greed whose illegal schemes spin wildly out of control.
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Writer (WGA):
Norman Snider (written by)
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Release Date:
28 December 2010 (Estonia) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Honor. Integrity. Principles. Everything is Negotiable.
Plot:
A hot shot Washington DC lobbyist and his protégé go down hard as their schemes to peddle influence lead to corruption and murder. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Frequently Enjoyable, Though Heavily Flawed See more (50 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Kevin Spacey ... Jack Abramoff

Ruth Marshall ... Susan Schmidt

Graham Greene ... Bernie Sprague
Hannah Endicott-Douglas ... Sarah Abramoff

Barry Pepper ... Michael Scanlon
John Robinson ... Federal Agent Patterson

Jason Weinberg ... Snake

Spencer Garrett ... Tom DeLay
Yok Come Ho ... Asian Factory Worker

Anna Hardwick ... Lobbyist #2

John David Whalen ... Kevin Ring

Matt Gordon ... Bill Jarrell
Jeffrey R. Smith ... Grover Norquist

Christian Campbell ... Ralph Reed

Eric Schweig ... Chief Poncho

Ksen Shims ... Flight Attendant (St. Andrews) (as Xenia Siamas)
Jeff Pustil ... Bob Ney

Rachelle Lefevre ... Emily Miller

Paolo Mancini ... Scott Gleason

Cindy Dolenc ... Female Friend
Nancy Beatty ... Enid
Damir Andrei ... Manny Rouvelas

Stephen Chambers ... Art Dimopoulos

Kelly Preston ... Pam Abramoff
Oksana Kuznichenko ... Blackjack Dealer

Jon Lovitz ... Adam Kidan
Paul Stephen ... Reverend Mueller
David Fraser ... Karl Rove
Pamela Matthews ... Woman at Meeting

Natalie Krill ... Flight Attendant (Crystal)

PJ Lazic ... Chris (as P.J. Lazic)
Daniel Kash ... Gus Boulis
Mike Petersen ... Senator Jarvis

Reid Morgan ... Brian

Adam Waxman ... Lobbyist #1

Yannick Bisson ... Oscar Carillo
Tina Louise Bomberry ... Drinking Companion
Tony Stellisano ... Roulette Operator
Mark-Cameron Fraser ... Concierge

Balford Gordon ... Bodyguard (Kidan)
Billy Merasty ... Bartender

Maury Chaykin ... Big Tony

Karl Campbell ... Security Guy

Conrad Pla ... Agent Hanley

Danielle Bourgon ... Female FBI Agent

Joe Pingue ... Little Tony

Ashley Wolfe ... White House Aide
Linda Goranson ... President Bush's Secretary

Brent Mendenhall ... President Bush

Andrea Davis ... Delay's Secretary
Richard Clarkin ... Partner #1
Richard Blackburn ... Partner #2

Judah Katz ... Abbe Lowell

Brian Paul ... Senator McCain
David Brandon George ... Senator Burman
Duke Redbird ... Senator Nighthorse
Todd Dulmage ... Spectator #1

Rob Baker ... Spectator #2
Janet Hill ... Native Woman

Kirstin Rae Hinton ... Junior Studio Executive (as Kirstin Hinton)
Kevin Louis ... Prison Guard
Timothy Watters ... President Clinton

John Hickenlooper ... Senator Campbell
Graham Abbey ... Simon Bowler

Mishael Morgan ... Receptionist
Jennifer Higgin ... Casino Woman

Bettina Bennett ... Natascha

Mike Kaminski ... Voice Impersonation
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Newman ... Deli owner

Xen Sia ... Stewrdess
Jennifer Waxman ... Sarah's Friend
Brendan Carmody ... Cruise ship DJ (uncredited)
Heather Farah ... Business Woman (uncredited)

Sima Fisher ... Prostitute (uncredited)

Grant Koo ... Businessman (uncredited)

Kim Shimizu ... FBI agent (uncredited)

Directed by
George Hickenlooper 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Norman Snider (written by)

Produced by
Dana Brunetti .... executive producer
Rick Chad .... associate producer
Patricia Eberle .... executive producer
Oscar Generale .... executive producer
Gary Howsam .... producer
Bill Marks .... producer
Warren Nimchuk .... executive producer
Angelo Paletta .... executive producer
Richard Rionda Del Castro .... executive producer
Domenic Serafino .... executive producer
Norman Snider .... co-producer
Lewin Webb .... executive producer
George Zakk .... producer
Donald Zuckerman .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Jonathan Goldsmith 
 
Cinematography by
Adam Swica 
 
Film Editing by
William Steinkamp 
 
Casting by
Marjorie Lecker 
 
Production Design by
Matthew Davies 
 
Art Direction by
Peter Emmink 
 
Set Decoration by
Patricia Cuccia 
 
Costume Design by
Debra Hanson 
 
Makeup Department
Marlene Aarons .... makeup artist
Paul R.J. Elliot .... hair department head (as Paul Elliot)
Cliona Furey .... hair stylist
Jo-Ann MacNeil .... assistant makeup department head
Jo-Ann MacNeil .... key makeup artist
Donald Mowat .... makeup department head
Sondra Treilhard .... assistant hair department head
 
Production Management
D.J. Carson .... unit production manager
Gregor Hutchison .... post-production supervisor
Caroline O'Brien .... production manager: second unit
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jonnie Katz .... first assistant director: second unit
Bill Marks .... second unit director
Greg Sigurdson .... assistant director
Ken A. Smith .... second assistant director
Martin Walters .... first assistant director
Karen Young .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Rob Ballantyne .... storyboard artist
Peter Clifford .... on-set dresser
Dwight Doerksen .... construction coordinator
Ed Doerkson .... head carpenter
Danielle Fleury .... set dresser
Neil Floyd .... second assistant art director
Jennifer Jacobsen .... set decorations buyer
William Koon .... key scenic
Sang Maier .... props assistant
Mario Moreira .... assistant property master
James R. Murray .... property master
Gord Peterson .... first assistant art director
J. Zachary Smith .... set dresser (as Zack Smith)
 
Sound Department
Sean Paul Armstrong .... second boom operator
Steve Baine .... foley artist
David Berti .... sound consultant: Dolby
Matt Dawson .... adr mixer
Keith Elliott .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Germann .... sound effects editor
Barry Gilmore .... adr editor
Barry Gilmore .... dialogue editor
Gina Gyles .... foley assistant
Colin McLellan .... adr recordist
Steve Medeiros .... first assistant sound editor
Steve Munro .... sound effects editor
Peter Persaud .... foley recordist
Jane Tattersall .... supervising sound editor
Andrew Tay .... sound re-recording mixer
John J. Thomson .... sound mixer
Alan Zielonko .... boom operator
Mark Zsifkovits .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
John MacGillivray .... special effects coordinator
Fiona MacPherson .... special effects shop coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Kyle Boylen .... digital compositor
Drake Conrad .... digital colorist
Noel Hooper .... visual effects supervisor
Matthias Jürgensen .... digital compositor
Haydn Masuda .... digital compositor
Michael Morley .... digital compositor
Christa Tazzeo .... visual effects producer
Neil Williamson .... visual effects executive producer
 
Stunts
Kelly Jones .... stunt double: Kidan
Cotton Mather .... stunt double: Boulis
Alison Reid .... stunt coordinator
Geoff Williams .... stunt double: Big Tony
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Rod Benjamin .... key grip
Dave Erlichman .... dolly grip
Roger Finlay .... camera operator: 'b' camera
Roger Finlay .... director of photography: second unit
Colin Hoult .... camera operator: "a" camera
Brad Hruboska .... steadicam operator
Bernie Lalonde .... grip
Mike McGowan .... director of photography: second unit
Demetri Portelli .... first assistant camera: 'b' camera
Brian Pruitt .... key grip: second unit, Florida
Razor Reyes .... grip (as Ramon Reyes)
Neil Roy .... best boy grip
Darren Spriet .... data management
Jesse Stanley .... grip
Brendan Steacy .... director of photography: second unit
John Sztejnmiler .... generator operator
Franco Tata .... gaffer
Annie Wengenroth .... additional assistant camera
Ken Woroner .... still photographer
 
Casting Department
Heather Farah .... extras casting assistant
Ellen Jacoby .... extras casting: location
Jane Rogers .... background casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Catherine Ashton .... assistant costume designer
Andre Schulz .... costumer: Kevin Spacey
 
Editorial Department
Kevin Downer .... assistant digital intermediate editor
Lee Hughes .... digital intermediate project manager
Tom Mayclim .... digital intermediate scanner and recorder
Dave Muscat .... assistant digital intermediate editor
Lorraine Samuel .... post-production coordinator
Dawn M. Stoliar .... first assistant editor
Motassem Younes .... digital intermediate editor
 
Music Department
Kevin Banks .... music editor
Michael Banton-Jones .... music mixer (as Michael Banton Jones)
Michael Banton-Jones .... music recordist (as Michael Banton Jones)
Emilie Barlow .... vocalist (as Emilie-Claire Barlow)
Carl Berger .... vocalist
Cadence .... vocalist
Max Christie .... musician: clarinet
Vern Dorg .... musician: clarinet, flute (as Vern Dorge)
Amy Fritz .... music supervisor
Simon Fryer .... musician: cello
Jonathan Goldsmith .... music programmer
Jonathan Goldsmith .... musician: keyboards
Aaron Jensen .... vocalist
John Johnson .... musician: clarinet, flute
Ross Lynde .... vocalist
John Marshman .... musician: cello
Kathy McLean .... musician: bassoon
Nathan J. Moldighost .... musician: drums, percussion
Roberto Occhipinti .... orchestra contractor
Dan Parr .... conductor
Dan Parr .... music preparation
Kurt Sampson .... vocalist
Karl Toews .... musician: cello
Winona Zelenka .... musician: cello
 
Transportation Department
John Mourtzis .... picture car captain
Regina Petrik .... driver
Bruce Raymer .... transportation coordinator
Reg Reynolds .... driver: honeywagon
Steven Sacrob .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Cynthia Amsden .... unit publicist
Hayley Arabia .... project manager (as Hayley Magouirk)
Cam Cannon .... development executive: hannibal pictures
Jonathan Collins .... director of sales
Claude Forest .... insurance broker
Paul Franklin .... location scout
Sabine Graham .... production coordinator
Sara Holmes .... post production accountant
Ben Hong .... production assistant
Aaron Horton .... assistant production coordinator
Ronan Keane .... payroll accountant
Jennifer Mesich .... assistant to director
Lindsey Molnar .... production assistant
Andrew O'Sullivan .... location manager
Daniela Saioni .... script supervisor
Wendie Saltarski .... production accountant
Teri Spasov .... production accountant
Srdjan Vilotijevic .... assistant location manager
Al Vrkljan .... armorer
Danny Webber .... legal counsel
Greg Whiteside .... satellite technician
Eardley Wilmot .... location manager
 
Thanks
Peter Barnes .... special thanks
Cybill Lui .... special thanks
Rod Lurie .... special thanks
Daphne Park .... special thanks
Jason Reitman .... special thanks
James P. Schramm .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Bagman" - International (English title) (alternative title), USA (working title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for pervasive language, some violence and brief nudity
Runtime:
108 min
Country:
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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Québec) | Netherlands:12 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #46407)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The real life Susan Schmidt played Jack's secretary in this movie.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Jack is shown teaching screen-writing to fellow inmates, he has written on the board the film title 'Papillion' rather than 'Papillon'.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Jack Abramoff:You know, I do a shitload of reading and studying and praying, and I've come to a few conclusions I want to share. People look at politicians and celebrities on the TV and the newspapers, glossy magazines - what do they see? "I'm just like them." That's what they say. "I'm special. I'm different. I could be any one of them." Well guess what, you can't. You know why? Cause in reality, mediocrity is where most people live. Mediocrity is the elephant in the room. It's ubiquitous. Mediocrity in your schools. It's in your dreams. It's in your family. And those of us who know this - those of us who understand the disease of the dull - we do something about it. We do more because we have to. The deck was always stacked against us. You're either a big leaguer, or you're a slave clawing your way onto the "C" train. Some people say Jack Abramoff moves too fast. Jack Abramoff cuts corners. Well, I say to them, if that's the difference between me and my family having the good life and walkin' and using the subway every day, then so be it. I will not allow my family to be slaves. I will not allow the world I touch to be vanilla. You say I'm selfish? Fuck you! I give back. I give back plenty. You say I - I got a big ego? Fuck you twice! I'm humbly grateful for the wonderful gift that I've received here in America the greatest country on this planet. I'm Jack Abramoff. And oh, yeah, I work out every day.
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Movie Connections:
References "The Addams Family" (1964)See more »
Soundtrack:
Quanto e' bellaSee more »

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18 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Frequently Enjoyable, Though Heavily Flawed, 12 January 2011
Author: Simon_Says_Movies from Toronto, ON, Canada

2010 seems to be the year that Hollywood universally decided to take its look at one of the great government scandals this past decade, producing both the documentary Casino Jack and the United States of Money, and this accompanying (albeit more fictionalized) account of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. After seemingly searching for a juicy role since his duel Oscar winning performances in the mid to late '90s with The Usual Suspects and American Beauty, Kevin Spacey is back in fine form and dominates the screen in this frequently enjoyable, though heavily flawed, rise and fall fable.

Oddly, what makes this movie great also represents its largest shortcomings. The acting is as varied as Abramoff's excuses pertaining to the generous "donations" he receives in the film itself. Barry Pepper as Jack's right-hand man Michael steals scenes at a whim when given the chance and could have easily elevated the film further if given more screen time. Spacey is superb bringing a delicious blend of pompous charm and sleazy anger to the role, and even manages to deliver both a credible Sylvester Stallone and Al Pacino impression amidst the political turmoil his character eventually encounters.

On the other hand, there are some disastrously misguided casting choices, beginning with Kelly Preston as Jack's wife and even though she exhibits some swagger towards the beginning to the film, she is unable to keep up with more skilled thespians as situations escalate towards the finale. The most egregious error is most certainly the inclusion of Jon Lovitz as the owner of a cruise line and casino who undertakes business dealings with Abramoff. Lovitz has proved himself a skilled comedian in supporting roles and did consistently great voice work on The Simpsons. Here, he is an unmitigated disaster, single handily sinking the picture on multiple occasions. He seems oblivious as to when to calm down, his camera mugging and inflections are grinding, and he is apparently unable to quit being Jon Lovitz and simply shut up; this is simply a poor choice by late director George Hickenlooper.

The story at play is a fascinating one, and seeing Jack at his manipulative best even as his world comes crashing down is engrossing. The middle portion however does its bookend acts an injustice, sagging down the segments exploring the infamous lobbyist rise and his inevitable fall. Hickenlooper seems unable to decide how to structure the transition; not how Spacey handles the material pertaining to his character's downfall, but rather the jumble of events by which it is precipitated. Though the event itself makes for inspired reading in venues such as the news or a fact-based doc, perhaps there is not enough substantial material (or maybe too much) to make a fully compelling fictionalized account.

Though ultimately less than the sum of its parts, Casino Jack is timely, passionately constructed and true to its source events. Abramoff is successfully made into the three-dimensional character that those close to him likely knew, and that the media was never able to (or more likely never wanted to) capture. Spacey is without a doubt a large part of this indelibly fiery characterization and strangely (obviously for reasons we will never know) seems more invested in this character than he has in any during the last ten years. Casino Jack's follies are all the more disappointingly glaring considering how strong the hard-hitting portions were, and though better than the average fact-based account, good enough is never good enough when greatness seems to be within reach.

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