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Rated R · 120 minutes · 2010

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Director Alex Gibney made Taxi to the Dark Side, the definitive film on the United States government’s involvement in torture during the Afghan and Iraqi wars. With Casino Jack, he turns his attention to the way money moves legislation, and, more specifically, the way lobbyist Jack Abramoff conned his way into millions of dollars and a short prison sentence. Working with gullible Christians, naïve casino owners and conservatives who thought that Abramoff represented their principles and not just his own financial interests, he managed to tie himself into slave rings, terrorist organizations and Ralph Reed’s inflated ego. Gibney’s film is complex—it’s filled with enough material for a 12-hour miniseries. But despite, or maybe because of, its density, Casino Jack is immensely entertaining and deeply infuriating. Most importantly, it respects the audience’s intelligence, and serves as a stimulus for learning more about the way the ship of state floats on an ocean of dirty, dirty money.


See our full review: Conservatives and Cash

Conservatives and Cash

'Casino Jack' weaves a lot of details into its impressive telling of the Jack Abramoff story »

Director: Alex Gibney
Producer: Bill Banowsky, Zena Barakat, Mark Cuban and Alison Ellwood

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Casino Jack and the United States of Money

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Chicago Reader The Two Jacks Commercial success wasn't in the cards for a documentary on corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Will a new drama fare better? by J.R. Jones 12/30/2010
Indy Week Kevin Spacey as Casino Jack Abramoff George Hickenlooper's film takes a novel, comic approach, but it isn't compelling enough to interest those who got their fill from Alex Gibney's documentary Casino Jack and the United States of Money. by David Fellerath 03/02/2011
Portland Mercury Jacked Confused by bad news with Casino Jack and the United States of Money. by Marjorie Skinner 05/27/2010

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