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Casino Jack (2010)

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A hot shot Washington DC lobbyist and his protégé go down hard as their schemes to peddle influence lead to corruption and murder.

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Norman Snider
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Spacey ... Jack Abramoff
Ruth Marshall ... Susan Schmidt
Graham Greene ... Bernie Sprague
Hannah Endicott-Douglas ... Sarah Abramoff
Barry Pepper ... Michael Scanlon
John Robinson John Robinson ... Federal Agent Patterson
Jason Weinberg ... Snake
Spencer Garrett ... Tom DeLay
Yok Come Ho Yok Come Ho ... Asian Factory Worker
Anna Hardwick ... Lobbyist #2
John David Whalen ... Kevin Ring
Matt Gordon ... Bill
Jeffrey R. Smith ... Grover Norquist
Christian Campbell ... Ralph Reed
Eric Schweig ... Chief Poncho
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A hot shot Washington DC lobbyist and his protégé go down hard as their schemes to peddle influence lead to corruption and murder. Written by Anonymous

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Honor. Integrity. Principles. Everything is Negotiable.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, some violence and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bagman See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,528, 19 December 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,039,869, 3 April 2011
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The license plate '788 KCI' is used twice for a taxi and later for Jack Abraham's private car. See more »

Goofs

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. ...
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Crazy Credits

Brief footage of the real Jack Abramoff's introduction speech of Tom DeLay is shown during the end credits. See more »

Connections

References Jerry Maguire (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Quanto e' bella
form "L'elisir d'amore" Act 1, Nemorino's aria
Music by Gaetano Donizetti
Music provided by APM Music LLC
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Odd Casting
9 January 2011 | by clg238See all my reviews

The movie made a great deal out of Casino Jack's Jewishness. The problem however, at least for me, is that every time I looked at Kevin Spacey, I saw an Irishman. Whatever Kevin Spacey is, ethically, doesn't matter, but he looks terrible for this part. I found it hugely distracting. This is not a plea for stereotypical casting but for intelligent consideration of how actors come across. There were many inadvertent laughable moments in the film and also a few, too few, deliberate LOL moments. There were excellent performances by Jon Lovitz and Maury Chaykin—they almost made the film worth watching. I think part of the problem with the construction of the film is that the target audience had not been fully decided: Was the intended audience viewers who didn't have a clue about Abramoff, viewers who knew a little bit, or who knew a great deal and wanted to see it played out on the screen? I suspect the film is mostly viewed by those who know the story, and therefore it was annoying to hear all the primers, the explanations by the characters of the players and their history. Not a successful film, but I liked being reminded of this sordid story, which, alas, is an on-going story in American government.


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