Casino Jack And The United States Of Money

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Casino Jack's subject matter is enraging, but in the hands of director Alex Gibney, it's also well-presented and briskly entertaining.

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This portrait of Washington super lobbyist Jack Abramoff -- from his early years as a gung-ho member of the GOP political machine to his final reckoning as a disgraced, imprisoned pariah -- confirms the adage that truth is indeed stranger than fiction. Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney once again wields the tools of his trade with the skill of a master. Following the ongoing indictments of federal officials and exposing favor trading in our nation's capital, Gibney illuminates the way our politicians' desperate need to get elected -- and the millions of dollars it costs -- may be undermining the basic principles of American democracy.

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Stanley Tucci
as Voice of Jack Abramoff
Paul Rudd
as Voice of Michael Scanlon

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  • Jul 08, 2013
    Although Kevin Spacey did a bang up job as the fictional Casino Jack, the documentary on Abramoff is more of an achievement. Gibney has mined some wonderful interviews and uses a good style to tell this intriguing tale.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 22, 2011
    "Casino Jack and the United States of Money" is an insightful, yet occasionally frustrating documentary about the rise and fall of Jack Abramoff, superlobbyist, able to sidestep regulations in a single bound but who would eventually be taken down by his own type of kryptonite. A lot of the frustration comes from the movie's first half, detailing Abramoff's ideological origins with campus Republicans. Whereas it might be necessary to say how fond they were of spy pulp novels and Indiana Jones(John Kennedy was also fond of spy novels and look where that got us in Vietnam), too much time is spent on these quirky details with footagle of Tom Delay on "Dancing with the Stars" playing over the end credits. Correct me if I'm wrong but future generations are going to think Abramoff committed worse crimes than casting Dolph Lundgren in a movie. Actually, his crimes really are not that interesting, compared to the ripple effects as the documentary makes an intelligent case for regulation(I think I have read about the labor situation in the Northern Mariana Islands elsewhere...), public funding of elections and continued existence of newspapers as the Washington Post again follows the money. And I do suppose that one can think of Indian casinos as giving money back to an otherwise impoverished people or cynically as revenge for crimes committed previously by the white man. Even with Abramoff going to jail in the end, I do not have a lot of optimism for the system, no matter who is in charge.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • May 11, 2011
    A fascinating look at Jack Abramoff, who serves as a microcosm of the larger issues in Washington. Perhaps a little preachy and slanted toward the end, it's still a largely entertaining and insightful look at an amazing story. Highly recommended for those who liked the fictionalized Kevin Spacey movie of the same name.
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 28, 2010
    Its not a terribly surprising film, but still infuriating. The part of the story about a sweatshop in Saipan will make anyone, regardless or their poltical affiliations, absolutely furious. If you're cool with it, you're probably a member of Congress.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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