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"Casino Jack," a Movie Without a Single Hero--Review
"Capitol Punishment": Abramoff Proudly Describes his Modus Operandi
Robert Frank in the February 2012 Harper's reviews Jack Abramoff's recently published unapologetic autobiography. Here is one of the most revealing passages from Frank's review of Abramoff's book.
"The supremely interesting chapter of the superlobbyist's life goes conspicuously unmentioned in Capitol Punishment. Still, the episode appears to have left its traces. Abramoff's Washington is a place where everyone is a pawn of someone else: a bought man or even an 'asset' of some lobbyist or all-powerful interest. When he would dangle a lucrative lobbying job before a Capitol Hill staffer, Abramoff tells us, 'I would own him...His paycheck may have been signed by the Congress, but he was already working for me, influencing his office for my client's best interests.'"
Casino Jack is a commercial for campaign finance reform, a movie without a hero about the K Street-Congressional nest of vipers. Kevin Spacey provided his usual competent performance as the megalomaniac. super-lobbyist, Jack Abramoff. As A.O. Scott said, he other prominent Washington figures in the movie--Tom DeLay, Bob Ney, Ohio Congressman, Karl Rove, Grover Norquist, Robert Reed were overshadowed by Abramoff's partners in crime, Michael Scanlon, played as a clueless loonie by Barry Pepper and the horny shyster, Adam Kidan, played by Jon Lovitz. Abramoff's attractive wife, Pam, was played sympathetically by Kelly Preston.
The docudrama is a must see for political junkies and will be enjoyed also by general audiences. Too bad it's unlikely that many people will see this independent movie directed by George Hickenlooper and written by Norman Snider.
“Casino Jack” is rated R (Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian). Obscene language, obscene corruption and a little skin, too.
Wikibio Jack Abramoff
- Jack Abramoff - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jack Abramoff ( B.1958) Former lobbyist, businessman, movie producer and writer. At the center of a big corruption investigation that led to his conviction and to 21 persons. including White House officials Steven Griles and David Safavian....
12-16-10NYTimes--Casino Jack Review by A.O. Scott
- Movie Review - \'Casino Jack\' - Casino Jack Tells Jack Abramoffs Story - Review - NYTimes.com
In Mr. Spaceys wily, aggressive performance Abramoff comes across as self-aggrandizing to the point of delusion, a man for whom commitment to the conservative cause, vanity and and simple greed become harder and harder to tell apart.
Casino Jack Review by Roger Ebert
- Casino Jack Review by Roger Ebert
The story can be summarized: Abramoff was a dutiful family man and Republican standard bearer who defrauded Indian tribes out of millions to lobby for their casinos. That enriched him and partner Michael Scanlon and a good many members of Congress.
11-13-11NYTimes--Out of Jail, Casino Jack's Multimedia Comeback Effort
- Jack Abramoff Making a Multimedia Effort at Redemption - NYTimes.com
At 53, Jack Abramoff is pursuing a comeback he started planning even before going off to prison for crimes including corrupting members of Congress.
TPM--Tom DeLay Just Sentenced to 3 Years in Jail
- Tom DeLay Sentenced To Prison | TPMMuckraker
Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) has been sentenced to three years in prison, the AP and the Austin-American Statesman are reporting. Texas Judge Pat Priest handed down the sentence this afternoon in an Austin courtroom. DeLay was convic