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A probing investigation into the lies, greed and corruption surrounding D.C. super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his cronies.

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Alex Gibney

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Abramoff ... Himself - Lobbyist (archive footage)
Melanie Sloan Melanie Sloan ... Herself - Director, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
Nina Easton Nina Easton ... Herself - Author, Gang of Four
Dana Rohrabacher Dana Rohrabacher ... Himself - Representative, California
Thomas Frank ... Himself - Author, The Wrecking Crew
J. Michael Waller J. Michael Waller ... Himself - Director, Institute of World Politics
Ralph Reed Ralph Reed ... Himself - Republican Activist (archive footage)
Grover Norquist ... Himself - Republican Activist (archive footage)
Jonas Savimbi Jonas Savimbi ... Himself - UNITA Rebel Leader, Angola (archive footage)
Lewis E. Lehrman Lewis E. Lehrman ... Himself - Financier, The Democratic International (archive footage) (as Lewis Lehrman)
Neil Volz Neil Volz ... Himself - Former Chief of Staff to Rep. Bob Ney
Bob Ney Bob Ney ... Himself - Representative, Ohio
Susan Schmidt Susan Schmidt ... Herself - Former Reporter, The Washington Post
Robert G. Kaiser Robert G. Kaiser ... Himself - Author, So Damn Much Money
Peter Fitzgerald Peter Fitzgerald ... Himself - Senator, Illinois
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A probing investigation into the lies, greed and corruption surrounding D.C. super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his cronies.

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Come See Where Your Democracy Went See more »

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

January 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Casino Jack & the United States of Money See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,234, 9 May 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$175,604, 4 July 2010
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Trivia

The dramatic cinema movie Casino Jack (2010) and the feature film documentary Casino Jack and the United States of Money (2010), which were both pictures about the same subject, both actually debuted and premiered in the same year of 2010. See more »

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[first lines]
Jack Abramoff: [in an e-mail message to Alex Gibney] Why would you want to make a documentary? No one watches documentaries. You should make an action film!
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United States of corruption
24 May 2010 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

When mega-lobbyist Jack Abramoff was sentenced to jail in early 2006, he was seen as the personification of corruption, along with Tom DeLay and Bob Ney. But as "Casino Jack and the United States of Money" shows, Abramoff and the individuals associated with him were just the tip of the iceberg. Alex Gibney's documentary takes the same approach to its topic that his previous documentary "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" does, looking at the roots of the main character, and how deregulation led to the culmination.

I had read in Al Franken's book "The Truth with Jokes" about Abramoff's fleecing of the Tigua Indians and DeLay's promotion of the Mariana Islands to hide the garment industry's sweatshops there. The documentary looks at those, and goes a little further into Abramoff's role in the college Republicans, alliance with Angolan autocrat Jonas Savimbi, and more. One of the most important points is how Abramoff and Ralph Reed used religious fundamentalism, specifically how Reed was making large sums of money through links to Indian casinos while pontificating against gambling.

But the most important topic that the documentary brings up is that this is neither "a few bad apples" nor a conspiracy. This happened because the American people let it happen by neglecting to take democracy seriously. Prevention of such events in the future requires the American people to stay vigilant of their government, and of corporations. Everyone should see this documentary.


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