Casino Jack is a 2010 biographical political satire film starring Kevin Spacey and directed by George Hickenlooper. The film focuses on the career of Washington, D.C. lobbyist and businessman Jack Abramoff, who was involved in a massive corruption scandal that led to the conviction of himself, two White House officials, Rep. Bob Ney, and nine other lobbyists and congressional staffers. Abramoff was convicted of fraud, conspiracy and tax evasion in 2006, and of trading expensive gifts, meals and sports trips in exchange for political favors. Abramoff served three and a half years of a six-year sentence in federal prison, and was assigned to a halfway house. He was released on December 3, 2010.
In 2010, Spacey was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for best actor for his depiction of Abramoff in the film, eventually losing to Paul Giamatti for his role in Barney's Version.
A hot shot Washington DC lobbyist and his protégé go down hard as their schemes to peddle influence lead to corruption and murder.
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 ... Asian Factory Worker
Anna Hardwick ... Lobbyist #2
John David Whalen ... Kevin Ring
Matt Gordon ... Bill Jarrell
Jeffrey R. Smith ... Grover Norquist
Christian Campbell ... Ralph Reed
Eric Schweig ... Chief Poncho
Directed by George Hickenlooper
Produced by George Vitetzakis
Written by Norman Snider