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Casino Jack

Rated R 108 minutes 2010

Not to be confused with Alex Gibney's recent documentary Casino Jack and the United States of Money, this is the dramatic take on Jack Abramoff's high-rolling career as a Washington lobbyist and his precipitous fall amid charges of fraud, conspiracy, and tax evasion. Kevin Spacey contributes a wonderfully flamboyant performance as Abramoff, making him more dimensional—funny, ironic, ruthless, greedy, tender with his family, vicious with his enemies—than the cartoonish figure in black hat and trenchcoat who paraded through the TV news. Director George Hickenlooper (who died in October) wasn't what you'd call a stylist, but he and screenwriter Norman Snider deserve credit just for wrestling Abramoff's epic tangle of con games into a comprehensible story line. With Barry Pepper, Kelly Preston, Jon Lovitz, and Graham Greene.

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Director: George Hickenlooper

Producer: Gary Howsam, Bill Marks, George Zakk, Richard Rionda Del Castro, Lewin Webb, Donald Zuckerman, Dana Brunetti, Patricia Eberle, Warren Nimchuk, Angelo Paletta and Domenic Serafino

Cast: Kevin Spacey, Barry Pepper, Kelly Preston, Jon Lovitz, Rachelle Lefevre, Maury Chaykin, Daniel Kash, Spencer Garrett, Jeffrey Smith and Jeff Pustil


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