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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 ... 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

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Abramoff does impressions of Al Pacino including an altered version of the "You're out of order" scene from And Justice For All (1979). Kevin Spacey co-starred with Pacino in Glengary Glen Ross (1996) and Looking for Richard (1992). See more »

Goofs

When Michael Scanlon drives up to the SunSail cruise ship in Florida to see Gus Boulis, the front of his rental car has a Florida license plate. Additionally, another car appears with a Florida license on the front. License plates for automobiles are printed on one tag only and must be placed on the rear of the vehicle. Only commercial tractor trucks carry Florida plates on the front. See more »

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[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 Red Scorpion (1988) See more »

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Written by Shawn Morrison / Adam Francis
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An engrossing real life drama
16 October 2011 | by perkypopsSee all my reviews

The most awful thing about Casino Jack is knowing it is true, knowing all the good people being fleeced, taken for a ride, are real, knowing that the central theme of this story is alive, kicking and fuelled for take-off even now.

As a dramatisation it works because we do not have to dwell on the complexity of the deals being set up, who is ripping off who, who is the biggest liar. The film's smart pace allows us to soak up the facts like ink on blotting paper and at our own pace.

Thankfully we can lose ourselves in the characters, all of whom are played to perfection by a very strong cast, and all of whom resonate to the people we see and hear about on TV, in the media, even in show business. These are the folk who have more money than sense, or, more accurately, more credit and no shame if they can get away with making huge profits immorally. Less appealing are the players in real life who really are being torn apart through their desperation for attention, for expressions of interest, where any interest may be better than nothing. In this area we are left to feel morally lacking for not doing more to stop this kind of stuff. But the story simply keeps rolling along and we witness the demise of the main characters Abramoff (Spacey) and Scanlon (Pepper) just as it happened in real life.

The opening of the movie sets the scene well into the plot where much of the twisting and double crossing has already begun to unravel. Then we are witness to the events as they unfold through the deals, the double crosses, and the nasty side of greed (is there a nice side?). As the credits roll we also see a couple of the real life events depicted in the movie played back to us, to allow us to judge authenticity. I wonder if this was the only mistake the film makes. I felt the film spoke for itself.

As distressing and disturbing as the film's subject should be it is played out in such a way as we are information and knowledge gathering much like a media warning about "this is what lobbying really is". It is also a shrewd warning as to how shameless and immoral some people are when they are saying nice things to you, as if we needed a warning! I found it worthwhile to research the subject of lobbying a little more after I had seen this film and found myself disbelieving some of the things I have found out. This alone convinced me the film does not pull any punches.

Watch it just to wise up. Fortunately it is acted so powerfully and so sharply you will not want to look away.


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